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"Recess" is the thirteenth and final track by Melanie Martinez that is featured on the standard edition of her sophomore album, K-12.

Background

On July 16th, 2019, a snippet of this track was released exclusively in Los Angeles, California as an assignment, before being officially released worldwide.

Theme

The song could be the song about how it is important to maintain your mental health, as Melanie stated in an interview, years prior to K-12's release that a song on the album would be about such matters.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
I was too young to see the truth
In my grandma's lap, I'm drowning in her perfume
Too naive to even care
'Bout the words she whispered while she brushed out my hair

[Pre-Chorus]
People gonna say
If you need a break, someone'll take your place
People gonna try
To tell you that you're fine with dollars in their eyes
(Just remember)

[Chorus]
Don't let them fuck you, honey, no, oh
Don't let them try (ooh)
Don't let them hurt you, baby
Just say "recess", I'm tired

[Verse 2]
Sittin' in my room, looking at all I've done
Everything I wanted has come to fruition
I should be happy but I can't get out my bed
Stressin' 'bout the voices screamin' inside my head

[Pre-Chorus]
People gonna say
If you need a break, someone'll take your place
People gonna try
To tell you that you're fine with dollars in their eyes
(Just remember)

[Chorus]
Don't let them fuck you, honey, no, oh
Don't let them try (ooh)
Don't let them hurt you, baby
Just say "recess", I'm tired

[Bridge]
Where is my time?
Gone in my mind
Gone, I can't find
Euphoria
When I get upset
I think in my head
"I do as she says"

[Pre-Chorus]
People gonna say
If you need a break, someone'll take your place
People gonna try
To tell you that you're fine with dollars in their eyes
(Just remember)

[Chorus]
Don't let them fuck you, honey, no, oh
Don't let them try (ooh)
Don't let them hurt you, baby
Just say "recess", I'm tired

Video

Music Video

This is the thirteenth and final music video that appears in Melanie's film, K-12.

Trivia

  • This song, Class Fight, and Teacher's Pet are the only songs that don't have choreography in the film.
  • In the original version of the booklet that comes with physical copies of the album, "recess" was misspelled as "reccess". This has since been fixed in newly printed versions.
  • This is one of the first songs from K-12 to be performed live, along with Strawberry Shortcake and High School Sweethearts. The three songs were first performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on September 16th, 2019.
  • Melanie performed an acoustic version of the song in the third episode of Extra Credit, "Recess with Melanie Martinez", which was released on December 19th, 2019.

Gallery

Recess/Gallery

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K-12
Featured Tracks Wheels on the BusClass FightThe PrincipalShow & TellNurse's OfficeDrama ClubStrawberry ShortcakeLunchbox FriendsOrange JuiceDetentionTeacher's PetHigh School SweetheartsRecess
Credit Track Fire Drill
Characters Cry BabyAngelitaFleurCelesteMagnoliaLeoBenKellyBlue BoyBrandonBunny DoctorDeanLucyMs. DaphneMr. CornwellMs. HarperMs. PenelopeMiss VictoriaThe PrincipalLilithBiology TeacherPhillipé
Extras FilmMerchandiseAssignments
Locations K-12 Sleepaway SchoolCry Baby's House
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