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Melanie Martinez: Detention Meaning

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Detention Lyrics

I'm not a bad guy
So don't treat me bad if I'm feeling sad, alright?
Please don't be mad if I don't smile back, alright?
If I fuck up my words, don't think I'm absurd, alright?
Alright?
I'm physically exhausted
Tired of my knuckles...

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    anonymous
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    Feb 22nd, 2:54pm report


    Crybaby is tired of being treated badly. Everyone goes insane if she makes one little mistake and gets mad at her for no reason. She tries to find things to pass the time, even though she is very sad. She says that they're too busy being selfish to see how she's feeling. No one cares about her, they only want her to make money, making her feel like 'chopped meat'. She begs to be treated properly, but they only ignore her pleading. She doesn't want to keep pretending she's alright, or for anyone else to say they aren't doing anything wrong. It's making her exhausted, sad, and frustrated.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 14th, 7:30pm report


    To me this song sounds a lot like a couple trying to solve all the underlying problems in a relationship with sex.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 14th, 7:28pm report


    To me this song sounds a lot like a couple trying to solve all the underlying problems in a relationship with sex. Oftentimes in toxic relationships, the only reason couples stay together is because of the sex. So they pretend everything is alright in the relationship so they can continue having sex. Here I believe Melanie is comparing having sex to mask the real problems in a relationship with after school detention: “Baby can you meet me tonight in detention.” Which can translate to, “meet me in the bedroom.” “I can feel your blood pressure rise.” This is something that occurs during sex, it is high energy and your blood pressure rises without a doubt. “Fuck this tension” Again, trying to solve the tention in a relationship with sex. “Let me crawl up into your mind” which obviously is a reference to Melanie seducing her partner. “Did I mention pretending everything is alright is detention.” Again referencing having sex with your partner to avoid addressing the real issues in a relationship. This isn’t the only thing that suggests to me that this song is about sex. If you watch the music video for Detention, you can see Melanie and two other dancers dancing in a very sexual manner, as “children” throw bugs at them. I believe this is a direct parallel to a strip club in real life. At a strip club, people come to watch dancers on the stage, and instead of throwing bugs at the dancers, they throw money. Let me know what you think about my Interpretation, there are many different ways to interpret a song but this is just how I view it



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    anonymous
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    Jun 20th, 6:24am report


    I think the meaning about this song is how people judge her to much and everything she does people still find away to make her look bad and she's tired of it and how people could be selfies and not care about her feeling and she trying to say that her "crybabies" trate her like its school because people don't care how they trate her and they don't care because she's making money and for her its like school because you have to be "perfect" for them not to get mad at you.



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    anonymous
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    May 20th, 5:57am report


    I think of this song more of like a love sexual thing because how she says “I can feel your blood pressure rise”



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    anonymous
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    May 5th, 5:45pm report


    I feel like this song is about people that kidnap girls to make them dance for them and their guests. I know this may not be why Melanie wrote this song but, all people hear different things from songs. This is personally what I think about this song! This is a great song though!



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    anonymous
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    Apr 23rd, 4:55am report


    people are being mean to her but the teachers don't care. she's to nice tell on them but pretending everything is alright is only hurting her.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 11th, 3:34pm report


    It means that in the phrase “they let them do whatever they want to me” means that people are being mean to her and not helping her when she is in need.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 16th, 2:51am report


    It means she is tired of being treated badly.




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