"Soap" is the sixth track by Melanie Martinez featured on her debut album, Cry Baby. It was released on July 10, 2015 along with the promotional music video.


It was available to listen to on various unofficial websites on July 9, 2015, due to it being released in New Zealand and Australia, which are a few hours ahead of a big part of the world.

The music video was in a double feature video with Training Wheels. The Soap/Training Wheels double feature was released on November 18, 2015.

Leak History

  • November 12th, 2016 - The complete collection of stems are leaked.

Background and Theme

In an interview with ELLE, Melanie stated that Soap is about being vulnerable[2] and being afraid to express deeper feelings such as love, so it feels like 'washing your mouth out with soap', a technique used in older days where adults used to wash with soap the mouth of a child who would say obscenities. Cry Baby's struggles to say how she felt about her crush to him in this story feel exactly like this, they make her feel ashamed and vulnerable. She is afraid by saying "I love you" she would be putting their relationship in an awkward position. He'll have to either respond similarly or reject her advances. Either outcome will hurt, in the long or short run. The lyric, "threw a toaster in the bathtub" is a metaphor for the quick electric shock of change she made by saying what she said. It might mean sudden death for their friendship.

Lyrics

[Intro]
Guess I better wash my mouth out with soap

[Verse 1]
Think I just remembered something
I think I left the faucet running
Now my words are filling up the tub
Darling, you're just soaking in it
But I know you'll get out the minute
You notice all your fingers pruning up

[Pre-Chorus]
I'm tired of being
Careful, tiptoe
Trying to keep the water warm
Let me under your skin
Uh oh, there it goes
I said too much, it overflowed
Why do I always spill?

[Chorus]
I feel it coming out my throat
Guess I better wash my mouth out with soap
God I wish I never spoke
Now I gotta wash my mouth out with soap

I feel it coming out my throat
Guess I better wash my mouth out with soap
God I wish I never spoke
Now I gotta wash my mouth out with soap

[Verse 2]
Think I got myself in trouble
So I fill the bath with bubbles
Then I'll put the towels all away
Should've never said the word "love"
Threw a toaster in the bathtub
I'm sick of all the games I have to play

[Pre-Chorus]
I'm tired of being
Careful, tiptoe
Trying to keep the water warm
Let me under your skin
Uh oh, there it goes
I said too much, it overflowed
Why do I always spill?

[Chorus]
I feel it coming out my throat
Guess I better wash my mouth out with soap
God I wish I never spoke
Now I gotta wash my mouth out with soap

I feel it coming out my throat
Guess I better wash my mouth out with soap
God I wish I never spoke
Now I gotta wash my mouth out with soap

[Instrumental break]

[Chorus]
I feel it coming out my throat
Guess I better wash my mouth out with soap
God I wish I never spoke
Now I gotta wash, wash mouth, mouth with soap

I feel it coming out my throat
Guess I better wash my mouth out with soap
God I wish I never spoke
Now I gotta wash my mouth out with soap

Videos

Music Video

The music video was released as a double feature with Training Wheels. In the Soap portion of the video, Cry Baby invites Johnny, the boy she likes, over to her house. Before arriving, Johnny takes a bath. The water turns on by itself, and then the candles go out. The television in the bathroom turns on, displaying clips from the promotional video. When the line, "threw a toaster in the bathtub" is sung, a toaster is dropped into the tub, electrocuting Johnny. Then, bubbles begin to appear, with Johnny popping them. Cry Baby then appears in the bathtub, kissing Johnny later.

Cast

Promotional Music Video

In the promotional music video, Melanie is sitting in a bathtub filled with water, soap, and bubbles. She is holding a bar of soap and is dressed in a white dress and a light pink bow. Melanie sings along with the lyrics while making hand motions. Whenever she sings "Tiptoe, trying to keep the water warm" she moves her fingers as if they are walking. At one point in the video, Melanie attempts to choke herself. By the end, Melanie's face and hair are soaked in water. In the end, she goes under the water and sinks.

Errors

The error at 1:19

  • At 1:19, Melanie accidentally drops the bar of soap she's holding. It happens as she sings "Now I gotta wash my mouth out with soap". It appears to be attempted to be edited out, as you can only see the soap falling for a split second.
  • At 2:04, Melanie's bow falls off her head by accident.

Trivia

  • For the promotional video, Melanie had a couple of friends come over and shoot her in her hotel room tub.[2]
  • In the promotional video, Melanie is wearing the same bow that she wore in Carousel.
  • Soap is featured in the 2016 movie Nerve, featuring Emma Roberts and Dave Franco.[3]
  • There are six official remixes of this song which can be found on Soap (Remixes).
  • The double feature took four days to edit.
  • The Soap/Training Wheels double-feature has reached over 59 million views and 1 million likes on YouTube as of March 5, 2021.
    • This double feature is the least popular music video from the Cry Baby era.
  • Both the audio and original video have been made unlisted. 
    • Melanie wore her gold Crybaby necklace in the original video
      • She also wore the Crybaby necklace in the music video for Pacify Her
    • The audio has reached over 140 thousand views and 12 thousand likes
    • The original video has reached over 46 million views and 573 thousand likes.
  • It is likely that the song's cover art was taken on the same day that Melanie performed at Webster Hall in New York City on June 21, 2015.
  • The official stems of this song have leaked.
  • This song was certified gold by the RIAA on March 29, 2017.
    •  It was later certified platinum on February 28, 2020. 
  • Melanie performed this song on the late-night talk show, Conan.
  • The double feature of the video is in Ultra HD (2160p) while the most popular fan reupload of Soap uploaded by queen C is only in regular HD (1080p)
  • The story and illustration for this song appear on the 13th page of the Cry Baby storybook, reading:

    Soap's Digital Booklet Page

"She met a new boy and filled with hope
She said too much and always choked
So she washed her mouth out with soap
So that he wouldn’t pull the rope"

Gallery

Soap (Song)/Gallery

References

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