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"The Bakery" is the seventh and final track by Melanie Martinez that is featured on her fourth extended play (EP), After School. It was released as the EP's lead single on September 25th, 2020, accompanied by a music video.

The pre-release mix of the song leaked the day before it released.

Background

On July 25th, 2020, Melanie revealed during an interview with Brazilian channel "Multishow" that the track was produced by Blake Slatkin.

On September 22nd, 2020, Melanie posted a snippet of the song on TikTok, announcing that it would be released the coming Friday, September 25th.[2]

On September 25th, 2020, Melanie posted a snippet of the music video on her Instagram, announcing that the video, alongside the rest of the EP, would be released at 12:00AM EST.[3] A photo from the music video was also revealed on an Instagram story.

Official Versions

  • Final version — 2:35
    • Official Instrumental — 2:35
  • Pre-release mix — 2:33

Theme

"The Bakery is a song about unenthusiastically working at a bakery in high school because I needed to make money to invest into my art and my music. (8 of pentacles Energy)"[4]

Lyrics

[Intro]
(La
La, la, la, la, la, la
La, la, la, la, la, la
La, la, la, la, la, la
La, la, la)

[Verse 1]
Pack it, box it, flip it, top it
With a bow tied ribbon, stop it
Eatin' all the rainbow cookies
Pies are flying through the roof
Not my first pick, but I'll do it
Make the cash right so I could move quick
Out this shithole with a new whip
Cream on top I'm bouta prove it

[Refrain]
Pack it, box it, flip it, top it
(Pack it, box it, flip it, top it)
Pack it, box it, flip it, top it
(Pack it, box it, flip it)

[Verse 2]
My boss is mother Mary
Catch me slippin' through the concrete
Show no mercy, step right on me
Stiletto death, send me to purgatory

[Chorus]
The bakery, I'm tryna make some more
They expect me to stay when I should go
Grab the bag for when they cross the door
It ain't for me to roll it out,
It's just for me to raise the dough

[Verse 3]
Pack it, box it, flip it, top it
With a bow tied ribbon, stop it
Eatin' all the rainbow cookies
Pies are flying through the roof
Arbitrary, the way they all go
Knock 'em down like she a dodge ball
Little mess up and she's angry
One downfall, she blamed the whole team

[Refrain]
Pack it, box it, flip it, top it
(Pack it, box it, flip it, top it)
Pack it, box it, flip it, top it
(Pack it, box it, flip it)

[Chorus]
The bakery, tryna make some more
They expect me to stay when I should go
Grab the bag for when they cross the door
It ain't for me to roll it out,
It's just for me to raise the dough
The bakery, tryna make some more
They expect me to stay when I should go
Grab the bag for when they cross the door
It ain't for me to roll it out
It's just for me to raise the

[Outro]
La
La, la, la, la, la, la
La, la, la, la, la, la
La, la, la, la, la, la
La, la, la, la
La
La, la, la, la, la, la
La, la, la, la, la, la
La, la, la, la, la, la
(La, la, la, la)

[Intro]
(La
La, la, la, la, la, la
La, la, la, la, la, la
La, la, la, la, la, la)

[Verse 1]
Pack it, box it, flip it, top it
With a bow tied ribbon, stop it
Eatin' all the rainbow cookies
Pies are flying through the roof
Not my first pick, but I'll do it
Make the cash right so I could move quick
Out this shithole with a new whip
Cream on top I'm bouta prove it

[Refrain]
Pack it, box it, flip it, top it
(Pack it, box it, flip it, top it)
Pack it, box it, flip it, top it
(Pack it, box it, flip it)

[Verse 2]
My boss is mother Mary
Catch me slippin' through the concrete
Show no mercy, step right on me
Stiletto death, send me to purgatory

[Chorus]
The bakery, I'm tryna make some more
They expect me to stay when I should go
Grab the bag for when they cross the door
It ain't for me to roll it out,
It's just for me to raise the dough

[Verse 3]
Pack it, box it, flip it, top it
With a bow tied ribbon, stop it
Eatin' all the rainbow cookies
Pies are flying through the roof
Arbitrary, the way they all go
Knock 'em down like she a dodge ball
Little mess up and she's angry
One downfall, she blamed the whole team

[Refrain]
Pack it, box it, flip it, top it
(Pack it, box it, flip it, top it)
Pack it, box it, flip it, top it
(Pack it, box it, flip it)

[Chorus]
The bakery, tryna make some more
They expect me to stay when I should go
Grab the bag for when they cross the door
It ain't for me to roll it out,
It's just for me to raise the dough
The bakery, tryna make some more
They expect me to stay when I should go
Grab the bag for when they cross the door
It ain't for me to roll it out
It's just for me to raise the

[Outro]
La
La, la, la, la, la, la
La, la, la, la, la, la
La, la, la, la, la, la
La, la, la, la
La
La, la, la, la, la, la
La, la, la, la, la, la
La, la, la, la, la, la
(La, la, la, la)

Videos

Trivia

  • At the beginning of the music video, three posters can be seen outside the bakery that read: "DEFUND THE POLICE", "NO PIGS ALLOWED" and "BLM♥️". These posters refer to the #BlackLivesMatter movement, which Melanie has been very involved in.
  • The instrumental leaked on December 9th, 2020.
  • The music video is Melanie's first video to trend at #1 on YouTube (in select countries).
  • Melanie says "la" 68 times in this song.
  • In the music video, Melanie's makeup was done by David Velasquez and her hair was done by William Scott Blair
    • William also did Melanie's hair in the music videos during the Cry Baby era and also in K-12.
  • The song debuted with 889,064 streams on Spotify, becoming Melanie's biggest debut on the platform as of now.
  • Melanie's best friend, Jacqueline Molina, appears at the end of the music video, playing the role of the elderly lady.
    • The elderly lady is also known as "Abuelita". This was likely a reference to one of Melanie’s vines from 2015.
  • The clock behind the bunny chef is stopped at "2:22" the entire video. This is most likely a reference to Melanie's lucky number, 222.
  • The bunnies in the music video were all played by Melanie.
  • Sounds of a register can be heard throughout the song.
  • Lyrics of the song were mistaken for "all the cherry", however, Melanie later confirmed it was "Arbitrary".
  • This song and "Test Me" were the only After School songs to be performed at the Outside Lands Music and Arts Halloween Festival.
  • During the performance at Outside Lands Music and Arts Halloween Festival, Melanie struggled to blow out the birthday cake she got from the "Pity Party" performance.

References

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Featured Tracks NotebookTest MeBrain & HeartNumbersGluedField TripThe Bakery
Cut Songs AbsorbCopy Cat (ft. Tierra Whack)Fire DrillHistoryLost & Found
Producers Blake SlatkinMelanie Martinez (exec.)Michael Keenan
Related K-12CAN'T WAIT TILL I'M OUT OF K-12Merchandise
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