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"The Principal" is the third 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 24, 2019.

Background

On July 2, 2019, a snippet of this track was released exclusively in London, England as an assignment before being officially released worldwide.

Leak History

  • September 1st, 2019 - Full song is leaked.
  • April 12th, 2020 - Full instrumental is leaked.[1]

Theme

This song uses the Principal as a metaphor for the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump. It is a critique for how he is cruel and greedy, allowing innocent people, including children, to die just to get his way. Throughout his presidency, he divided the people in his nation and caused lots of suffering.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Sneaky, greedy, money-seeking
Always peeping, fucking creeping
Got it on the down-low
So you think you always squeaky
What if I had told your mother
Her son was a cruel motherfucker? Ah

[Pre-Chorus]
It's not just me, it's everybody who thinks that you're fucking ugly
When you come and hurt us just so you can get your money
Forced to follow the leader who's being possessed by demons (charmed)

[Chorus]
I've tried to make you listen, but you won't, it's your way, right?
Killing kids all day and night, prescription pills and online fights
Shooting at the angels while claiming you're the good guy
All you want is cash and hype
Fuck our dreams and that's not right

[Post-Chorus]
The Principal
Oh, where's the principle?
Oh, where's the principle?
Oh, where's the principle?
Oh, where's the principle?
Oh, where's the principle?

[Verse 2]
Complicated, overrated
You're fixated, I'm belated
By the separation in this place that you've created
Fuck all of your rules and guidelines
You shouldn't even be on the sidelines

[Pre-Chorus]
Can't you see that we're all hurtin'?
If you're not teaching, we're not learnin'
Excuse me, how much are you earnin'?

[Chorus]
I've tried to make you listen, but you won't, it's your way, right?
Killing kids all day and night, prescription pills and online fights
Shooting at the angels while claiming you're the good guy
All you want is cash and hype
Fuck our dreams and that's not right

[Post-Chorus]
The Principal
Oh, where's the principle?
Oh, where's the principle?
Oh, where's the principle?
Oh, where's the principle?
Oh, where's the principle?

[Bridge]
You don't know the pain that you are causing
Yeah, your actions hurt, so do your words
The more you try to fuck us over
We will be there yelling at your front door

[Outro]
I've tried to make you listen, but you won't it's your way, right?

Videos

Music Video

This is the third music video that appears in Melanie's film, K-12. It is introduced with the Principal of K-12 Sleepaway School firing Ms. Harper because he doesn't support her male-to-female transition. In addition, Cry Baby finds out from another student, Thomas, that the Principal is using pills to control his students, preventing them from leaving the school. Cry Baby uses her powers to have a conversation with the Principal over the phone in which she insults him and calls him out on his wrongdoings.

Cry Baby and other racially diverse characters hold a hearing where all of the court members are old white men, representing the United States government. They don't listen to Cry Baby, so she uses her powers to make them disappear. The Principal begins choking and then collapses, likely due to his drink being poisoned. However, Ms. Daphne orders the Bunny Doctors to save him, so he is revived.

Cast

Trivia

  • The Spotify version of this song has alterations in the chorus, being more noticeable when it comes to the voice distortion.
  • The music video has over 17 million views and 431 thousand likes.
  • Each song on K-12 represents a different grade level in school, from kindergarten through 12th grade.
    • "The Principal" represents 2nd grade.
  • On July 14, 2020, Melanie Martinez went live alongside with Michael Keenan on TikTok, and they played a snippet of two demos of the song.
  • A phone ringing and a rotary phone being placed down can be heard throughout the song.

Gallery

The Principal (Song)/Gallery

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

References

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