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"Alphabet Boy" is the fifth track by Melanie Martinez featured on her debut album, Cry Baby. Two 15 second studio clips were released in the summer of 2014 and spring of 2015. It was confirmed on June 1st. Another 15-second clip was released on July 29th on Melanie's Instagram.

The music video was released on June 2nd, 2016.

Background and Theme

According to Melanie, Alphabet Boy was a boy who was in college that she used to date. He studied music and he used to try and "teach" her how to write songs as if there was a formula or that she wasn't writing songs correctly. It made her furious and she wanted to elaborate on that. She told VICE that Alphabet Boy is her and Cry Baby’s break-up song. [1]

After the events of Carousel, Cry Baby decides to break things off. Alphabet Boy, whom she had previously fallen for, makes her realize he isn't worth her care or efforts to love. Cry Baby proves she's just as smart as him, if not smarter, after his attempts to put himself above her fail. She leaves him in the end, mentioning she wasn't a "little kid now" and can make mature decisions for herself, putting Cry Baby on the path of her growth and maturity.

Lyrics

[Breakdown]
A-a-aaa, b-b-b-b
A-a-aaa, b-b-b-b
A-a-aaa, b-b-b-b
B-b-b-b, b-b-b, b-b-b-b

[Verse 1]
Always aiming paper airplanes at me when you're around
You build me up like building blocks just so you can bring me down
You can crush my candy cane but you'll never catch me cry
If you dangle that diploma and I dead you don't be surprised

[Pre-Chorus]
I know my ABC's, yet you keep teaching me
I say fuck your degree, alphabet boy
You think you're smarter than me with all your bad poetry
Fuck all your ABC's, alphabet boy

[Chorus]
I'm not a little kid now
Watch me get big now
Spell my name on the fridge now
With all your alphabet toys
You won the spelling bee now
But are you smarter than me now?
You're the prince of the playground
Little alphabet boy

[Breakdown]
A-a-aaa, b-b-b-b
A-a-aaa, b-b-b-b
A-a-aaa, b-b-b-b
B-b-b-b, b-b-b, b-b-b-b

[Verse 2]
Apples aren't always appropriate apologies
Butterscotch and bubblegum drops are bittersweet to me
You call me a child while you keep counting all your coins
But you're not my daddy and I'm not your dolly
And your dictionary's destroyed

[Pre-Chorus]
I know my ABC's, yet you keep teaching me
I say fuck your degree, alphabet boy
You think you're smarter than me with all your bad poetry
Fuck all your ABC's, alphabet boy

[Chorus]
I'm not a little kid now
Watch me get big now
Spell my name on the fridge now
With all your alphabet toys
You won the spelling bee now
But are you smarter than me now?
You're the prince of the playground
Little alphabet boy

[Breakdown]
Alphabet boy
Oh alphabet boy
Alphabet boy
Alphabet boy
My alphabet boy
Ooh-ooh

[Chorus]
I'm not a little kid now
Watch me get big now
Spell my name on the fridge now
With all your alphabet toys
You won the spelling bee now
But are you smarter than me now?
You're the prince of the playground
Little alphabet boy

[Breakdown]
A-a-a, b-b-b-b
A-a-a, b-b-b-b-b
A-a-a, b-b-b-b
B-b-b-b, b-b-b-b-b-b-b

Alphabet boy
Alphabet boy
Ooh yeah

Alphabet boy


Videos

The music video was directed by Melanie herself, as a sing-along video with lyrics on-screen. The self-directed video follows the “Cry Baby” theme by being another video filled with pastel colors and a childish persona displayed by Melanie. A hand, presumably belonging to Alphabet Boy himself, constantly teases her throughout the video, though she ultimately resists. Scenes in the video include when Cry Baby spells 'fuck' with magnets on the fridge, having a cereal bowl with milk, and holding a large knife in her hand and giving viewers a glimpse of her homicidal tendencies by waving it at the camera, presumably attacking him.

Trivia

  • This song has heavy alliteration in the lyrics and also in the stanzas. The lines descend from A, then B, C and D.
    • As a result of this, this became the hardest song for Melanie to write.
  • An alternate title to the song, according to BMI, is "Alphabet City".
  • This is the longest song on Cry Baby.
  • In the music video, during the scene where Cry Baby licks the knife, it is similar to the way her mother did in Sippy Cup before killing her father.
  • Although Alphabet Boy is referenced throughout the whole song, he does not appear on the camera in the music video, although what are assumed to be his hands appear.
  • The music video has reached 33 million views on YouTube.
  • This is one of the few songs performed on the Dollhouse Tour before Cry Baby's release.
  • The story and illustration for this song appear on the 11th page of the Cry Baby storybook, reading:
    Digital Booklet - Cry Baby (Deluxe)-07

    Alphabet Boy's Digital Booklet Page

"She cried until she then could see
That he wasn’t even worthy
Of all her love and abc’s
So she spelt fuck you in 1 2 3"

Gallery

Alphabet Boy/Gallery

References

  1. https://noisey.vice.com/en_us/article/stream-melanie-martinezs-debut-lp-cry-baby


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Crybaby logo
Featured Tracks Cry BabyDollhouseSippy CupCarouselSoapTraining WheelsPity PartyTag, You're ItMilk and CookiesPacify HerMrs. Potato HeadMad Hatter
Bonus Tracks Play DateTeddy BearCake
Characters Cry BabyJohnnyAlphabet BoyBig Bad WolfMomDadBrotherBeth AnneCashierBasic BitchBlue BoyBunny DoctorMrs. Potato HeadMr. Potato HeadNurse
Extras Digital BookletRemoved SongsMerchandise
Locations Cry Baby's HouseBig Bad Wolf's HouseGrocery StoreCarnivalHospital

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