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"Starring Role" is a song originally by Marina and the Diamonds that Melanie Martinez covered on her YouTube channel and during the Dollhouse Tour and early in the Cry Baby Tour.

Background

After Melanie removed many of her videos from her YouTube channel, Starring Role remained for a long time, but she still removed the video later. It can be seen on her channel on the Web Archive.[1]

She has also performed this song live multiple times in 2013 and 2014.

Videos

Melanie Martinez "Starring Role" by Marina And The Diamonds Cover04:32

Melanie Martinez "Starring Role" by Marina And The Diamonds Cover

Melanie Martinez performing "Starring Role" at Webster Hall04:20

Melanie Martinez performing "Starring Role" at Webster Hall

Melanie Martinez Starring Role Cry Baby June 07, 2014 The Lab Asheville, NC08:16

Melanie Martinez Starring Role Cry Baby June 07, 2014 The Lab Asheville, NC

Lyrics

You're hard to hug, tough to talk to
And I never fall asleep
When you're in my bed,
All you give me is a heartbeat
I've turned into a statue
And it makes me feel depressed
Cause the only time you open up is when we get undressed

You don't love me, big fucking deal
I'll never tell you how I feel
You don't love me, not a big deal
I'll never tell you how I feel

It almost feels like a joke to play out a part
When you are not the starring role in someone else's heart
You know I'd rather walk alone, than play a supporting role
If I can't get the starring role

Sometimes I ignore you, so I feel in control
Cause really, I adore you, and I can't leave you alone
Fed up with the fantasies, that cover what is wrong
Come on, baby, let's just get drunk, forget we don't get on

You like my dad, you get on well
I send my best, regards from hell

It almost feels like a joke to play out a part
When you are not the starring role in someone else's heart
You know I'd rather walk alone, than play a supporting role
If I can't get the starring role

I never sang for love, I never had a heart to mend
Because before the start began, I always saw the end

Yeah, I wait for you to open up, to give yourself to me
But nothing's ever gonna give, I'll never set you free
Yeah I'll never set you free

It almost feels like a joke to play out the part
When you are not the starring role in someone else's heart
You know I'd rather walk alone, than play a supporting role
If I can't get the starring role
The starring role

Trivia

  • There were many different versions of this performed live. Some were with a piano, one was with a glockenspeil during her Gramercy Show, and during the Cry Baby Tour, where a more Cry Baby-like style instrumental was used.

References

  1. https://web.archive.org/web/20131029124926/http://www.youtube.com/user/Melmartinezx3

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