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"PIGGYBACK" is a stand-alone single by Melanie Martinez. It was released on December 22nd, 2017 through her SoundCloud. The official release can be heard here.

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This song is about Melanie's life and how she has been treated throughout it. It talks about how many fake friends she has had and how they lie about her and use her friendship just to gain some fame. These people attack Melanie once she stops being friends with them because they know that they aren't going to gain any more popularity without her around.

The song is speculated to be a response to the rape allegations from Melanie's ex-friend, Timothy Heller. The "one best friend" mentioned in this song is also assumed to be Jackie, whom Melanie has known since kindergarten.

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Lyrics

[Verse 1]
I was three years old
All I wanted was the music and
My parents were doing everything they could
To move away from our place working over time always
While I sat up in my grandma's project building coloring

[Hook 1]
Ooh
Moved to a small town and
Started to started to grow
Poetry written I’m singing and dancing
Ooh
Photographs painting cartoons
That's all I know
That's all I know

[Verse 2]
I have one best friend to this very fucking day
Since we were five years old and I fucking moved away
I wish I never did cause she’s the only one who sees me for who I really am
Instead of how many I reach

[Hook 2]
Ooh
Trusted too many fake people while I was still young
Gave them the benefit of the doubt
I was so wrong
I cut them off and they came for blood cause they know
They ain't getting no more

[Chorus]
I’m so done with playing piggy back ooh
Swear to god I wished y'all all the best ooh
You’re lying your way to try and gain a piece of me
When you could never come close cause I know my destiny
I worked hard for my shit
Put my love in this shit
Now you’re trying to kill my name for some fame
What is this
Tried to help you do your shit
Encouraged you to work on it
Was a good friend and you used that to your advantage

[Verse 3]
Now I’m 22 and I've had a crazy year of
Isolation from all the plastic people here
I can not wait for the day I can finally move away back to New York City where the realest people really stay

[Hook 3]
Ooh
Spent this whole time writing away my heart and my soul
The people I surround myself with have hearts filled with gold
Love and empathy are things that we hold so close
Trying to learn and evolve

[Chorus]
I’m so done with playing piggy back ooh
Swear to god I wished y'all all the best ooh
You’re lying your way to try and gain a piece of me
When you could never come close cause I know my destiny
I worked hard for my shit
Put my love in this shit
Now you're trying to kill my name for some fame
What is this
Tried to help you do your shit
Encouraged you to work on it
Was a good friend and you used that to your advantage

[Outro]
I’m so done with playing piggy back
Ooh
Swear to god I wished y'all all the best
Ooh
You're lying your way to try and gain a piece of me
When you could never come close cause I know my destiny

Trivia

  • Melanie only released this song through SoundCloud because she didn't want to seem like she was simply trying to gain profit from the situation.
  • Since this song is about Melanie's life, it is not related to the Cry Baby storyline, therefore it will not be on the second album.