"Rough Love" is an unreleased song by Melanie Martinez. The song was written for her Unknown Extended Play, however, the project was later scrapped. It was later re-recorded in February 2014 for Cry Baby but was scrapped from the album.

Leak History

  • May 17th, 2021 - Studio version from Cry Baby sessions is leaked on SoundCloud.
  • May 17th, 2021 (later) - Cry Baby version demo instrumental is leaked via Dbree.
  • June 4th, 2021 - The 2013 EP version is leaked via Dbree.

Theme

This song was written about a girl who was having a toxic and abusive relationship, she is thinking of not letting go of this because "all the other boys left her because she wasn't good enough", and she is scared to let go because she might never have another one.

Official versions

  • Cry Baby version (produced by Redd Lights) — 3:55
    • Official demo instrumental — 3:45
  • 2013 EP version (produced by John Feldmann) — 4:05
  • Worktape version (produced by Melanie) — 3:44

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Pulling teeth straight out of my mouth reeks
Of insecurities you poured into me
If these walls talked they'd tell you to stop
Stop with the murdering of my dignity

[Chorus]
All the other boys wanted was
To gaze in my eyes
And all your sick little brain craved was
To see me cry
Not this time, not this time

[Verse 2]
Look at me, what have I become?
I'm just a toy you played and destroyed
And what is love? Does it push and shove?
And does it haunt you? Make you feel like a fool?

[Chorus]
All the other boys left me 'cause
I wasn't good enough
Now I'm stuck with these nightmares of me
Accepting rough love
Not this time, not this time, no
Not this time, not this time

[Bridge]
Every tear that falls from me
Is the last one you will see
Tell myself this all the time
I don't know what changes my mind

[Chorus]
All the other boys wanted was
To gaze in my eyes
And all your sick little brain craved was
To see me cry
Not this time, not this time
Not this time, not this time
All the other boys left me 'cause
I wasn't good enough
Now I'm stuck with these nightmares of me
Accepting rough love

[Verse 1]
Pulling teeth straight out of my mouth reeks
Of insecurities you poured into me
If these walls talked they'd tell you to stop
Stop with the murdering of my dignity

[Chorus]
All the other boys wanted was
To gaze in my eyes
And all your sick little brain craved was
To see me cry
Not this time

[Verse 2]
Look at me, what have I become?
I'm just a toy you played and destroyed
And what is love? Does it push and shove?
And does it haunt you? Make you feel like a fool?

[Chorus]
All the other boys left me 'cause
I wasn't good enough
Now I'm stuck with these nightmares of me
Accepting rough love
Not this time (Not this time)
Not this time (Not this time)
Not this time (Not this time)
Not this time

[Bridge]
Every tear that falls from me
Is the last one you will see
Tell myself this all the time (Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah, ah-ah-ah-ah-ah)
I don't know what changes my mind

[Chorus]
All the other boys wanted was
To gaze in my eyes
And all your sick little brain craved was
To see me cry
Not this time (Not this time)
Not this time, no
Not this time (Not this time)
Not this time
All the other boys left me 'cause
I wasn't good enough
Now I'm stuck with these nightmares of me
Accepting rough love

[Verse 1]
Pulling teeth straight out of my mouth reeks
Of insecurities you poured into me
If these walls talked they'd tell you to stop
Stop with the murdering of my dignity

[Chorus]
All the other boys wanted was
To gaze in my eyes
And all your sick little brain craved was
To see me cry

[Verse 2]
Look at me, what have I become?
I'm just a toy you played and destroyed
What is love? Does it push and shove?
Does it haunt you? Make you feel like a fool?

[Chorus]
All the other boys left me 'cause
I wasn't good enough
Now I'm stuck with these nightmares of me
Accepting rough love

[Bridge]
Every tear that falls from me
Is the last one you will see
Tell myself this all the time
I don't know what changes my mind

[Chorus]
Suddenly all the boys wanted was
To gaze in my eyes
And all your sick little brain craved was
To see me cry
All the other boys left me 'cause
I wasn't good enough
Now I'm stuck with these nightmares of me
Accepting rough love

Videos


Trivia

  • This song is one of Jose Martinez's favourite songs of Melanie's acoustic era,[1] along with "Curly Cue".
  • In some live performances, Melanie performed the second verse first. It is unknown if this was an error.
  • The 2013 EP version of the song was recorded in the same session as "A Thousand Words" and "Last Chapter (Never Stayed for Love)".
    • This version speculated to include background vocals from Neon Hitch.
  • An acoustic worktape of the song recorded and produced by Melanie on her laptop was uploaded by Melanie's manager, Ron Shapiro, to his SoundCloud account in 2013.

References

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