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"Show & Tell" is the fourth track by Melanie Martinez that is featured on her sophomore album, K-12. The official music video, originally available as part of the film, was later separately released on October 3rd, 2019.

Background

A snippet of the song was released on July 23, 2019, at the end of the film's trailer. On August 19th, 2019, a second snippet was released exclusively in Canada and Mexico as an assignment before being officially released worldwide.

Theme

Similarly to Dollhouse, the song is about how celebrities are seen as 'perfect' by the public as well as how they're treated in the music industry. The lines, "Harsh words if you don't get a pic with me" and "There are strangers taking pictures of me when I ask "no more", also speak on an incident from 2016 where Melanie stopped fans from taking pictures of her without consent.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
You pull me by my hair so I don't go nowhere
Tell me you love me, but you treat me like I'm never there
You say the cruelest, words, yes, they break my heart
'Cause I'm over here working my ass off

[Pre-Chorus]
Why is it so hard to see? (Why?)
If I cut myself, I would bleed (Ouch)
I'm just like you, you're like me
Imperfect and human, are we?

[Chorus]
Show and tell
I'm on display for all you fuckers to see
Show and tell
Harsh words if you don't get a pic with me
Buy and sell (Buy and sell me, baby)
Like I'm a product to society
Art don't sell
Unless you fucked every authority

[Verse 2]
You beg and cry for more, and yet I'm on the floor
There are strangers takin' pictures of me when I ask "No more" (No more)
It's really hard for me to say just how I feel
I'm scared that I'll get thrown away like a banana peel

[Pre-Chorus]
Why is it so hard to see? (Why?)
If I cut myself, I would bleed (Ouch)
I'm just like you, you're like me
Imperfect and human, are we?

[Chorus]
Show and tell (Show and tell)
I'm on display for all you fuckers to see (Fuckers to see)
Show and tell (Show and tell)
Harsh words if you don't get a pic with me
Buy and sell (Buy and sell)
Like I'm a product to society
Art don't sell
Unless you fucked every authority

[Bridge]
Show and tell
Why can't you fucking hear me?
Show and tell, ahem
Are you listening yet?

[Chorus]
Show and tell (Show and tell, baby)
I'm on display for all you fuckers to see (Fuckers to see)
Show and tell (Oh)
Harsh words if you don't get a pic with me
Buy and sell
Like I'm a product to society
Art don't sell
Unless you fucked every authority

Videos

Gallery

Show & Tell/Gallery

Music Video

This is the fourth music video that appears in Melanie's film, K-12. It features Cry Baby being controlled as a puppet by Ms. Penelope. She dances for all of the students in class, who cheer in a barbaric manner and consistently demand her to continue. They take pictures of her even though it clearly distresses her. Cry Baby collapses from exhaustion by the end of the song and is tossed up as a doll that the students try to catch. However, the sight of her guts disgusts them and they no longer care for her.

Cast

Errors

  • One of Cry Baby's female classmates raises her head twice: when the door first opens and in sync with the rest of the students.

Trivia

  • On iTunes and The Google Play Store, the word "fucking" is reversed in the line "Why can't you fucking hear me?" in the trailer.
    • In the real clean version, "fucking" is censored completely and not reversed.
  • Each showing of the film in theaters had a video of Melanie rehearsing the choreography for this song with narration after the movie.
  • Melanie wrote this song while she was on tour.
    • Some of the topics discussed in the song were previously mentioned in a Tumblr post from November 2016.[1]
  • Each song on K-12 represents a different grade level in school, from Kindergarten through 12th grade.
    • Show & Tell represents 3rd grade.
    • Similar to the Class Fight case, the classroom blackboard appears "3rd Grade" (Referring to the grade to which the song corresponds).
  • As seen on a chalkboard in the film, Cry Baby is in third grade when this song occurs.
  • This is Melanie's first song to chart on Spotify Global since Pity Party, and the second in her career so far.
  • The instrumental was leaked on April 17th, 2020.
  • The third line of the chorus is misspelled as "show you tell" in the original version of the booklet that comes the album's physical copies. This has since been fixed in newly printed pressings.
  • During the K-12 Tour, the chorus was repeated at the end of the song.
  • The music video for this song was the first from K-12 to be released separately.
    • This was due to charting in Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100, climbing up charts, and being added to multiple streaming platform’s playlists.
  • Gears turning, a handle being cranked, cameras flashing and snapping, and children talking and cheering can be heard throughout the song.

References

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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 DoctorDeanMs. DaphneMr. CornwellMs. HarperMs. PenelopeMiss VictoriaThe PrincipalLilithBiology TeacherPhillipe
Extras FilmMerchandiseAssignmentsRemoved Songs
Locations K-12 Sleepaway SchoolCry Baby's House
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