Melanie Martinez made the wait for her debut LP Cry Baby a little more bearable last night with the release of her second single, “Soap.”
“Soap” premiered on Elle.com a bit earlier than expected after the track leaked. However, despite the track’s name, “Soap” is not a bubbly tune!
In the gloomy new single, Melanie tries to wash the words “I love you” out of her mouth with soap and we are intrigued yet again by Melanie’s unique song writing! In the Cry Baby tune, Melanie compares filling a bathtub to confessing your love to someone.
In “Soap,” Cry Baby’s thoughts are pouring out of her like water coming from a faucet. As she toys with the idea of telling someone she loves them, she struggles to find a way to make it work.
The track shows the character’s vulnerability as she tries to conquer her mind while going into a relationship. The fears of moving too fast and saying the wrong thing at the wrong time are wonderfully simulated in this kooky story of an overflowing bathtub!
A Closer Look
“Think I just remembered something/ I think I left the faucet running/ Now my words are filling at the top/ Darling you’re just soaking in it,/But I know you’ll get out the minute/ You notice all your fingers pruning up,”
In the first verse, Cry Baby’s noisy mind begins to overflow with fear. As her love interest soaks in her admiration for him, she’s afraid he will leave as soon as he begins to prune.
The mindset in this verse is that he will leave after the first mishap in their relationship. As pruning fingers are an inevitable occurrence of being in water, so are mishaps an inevitable occurrence of being in a lasting relationship. The only question is whether or not they will still be able to hold onto each other once the pruning begins.
“I’m tired of being careful, tip toe, trying to keep the water warm/ Let me under your skin,” she sings as the pre-chorus begins. Here, Cry Baby starts to grow tired of controlling her own thoughts in order to keep someone else comfortable.
As many sensitive souls can relate to, she conforms her mind to avoid conflict with others. She can stay cautious with her words, but knows they will remain meaningless and only wash off the face of his skin. Her other option would be to spill her uncensored thoughts, but by doing so she has the potential to burn her mark on his skin. As she struggles to make her decision, her mind overflows.
The main theme of “Soap” is the anxiety of confessing your love to someone. Cry Baby wishes she could take the easy way out and just wash the thought from her mind.
In the song’s chorus Melanie sings, ” Feel it coming out my throat/ Guess I better wash my mouth out with soap/ God I wish I never spoke/ Now I gotta wash my mouth out with soap.” Overcome with fear and doubt, she attempts to wash her mouth out with soap before she makes the situation worse.
“Think I got myself in trouble/So I fill the bath with bubbles/ Then I’ll put the towels all away/ Should’ve never said the word “love”/ Threw a toaster in the bathtub/ I’m sick of all the games I have to play”
During the final verse, she fills the tub with bubbles to hide behind. By hiding behind bubbles, however, it would mean Cry Baby is drowning underwater. The image of bubbly water can also be taken to mean her attempt to “wash her mouth out with soap” was a failure, as the soap only added suds to the water. The bathtub is filled with her thoughts and now she is completely submersed in it.
The thought of saying the word “love” is compared to throwing a “toaster in the bathtub.” A very dramatic way to say, her confession will be lethal to their relationship. Without finding a positive outcome of confessing her love, Melanie ends the verse by singing, “I’m sick of all the games I have to play.”
“Soap” proves to be another strong track from Melanie Martinez. The darkness underlined in the tale of a girl falling in love packs an emotional punch for anybody who has once wished they could “wash their mouths out with soap.”
Listen to “Soap” above and click here to purchase on iTunes!
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