Melanie Martinez: Recess Meaning
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In my grandma's lap, I'm drowning in her perfume
Too naive to even care
'Bout the words she whispered while she brushed out my hair
People gonna say
If you need a break, someone'll take your place
anonymous Jan 22nd report
I feel like it's about how she thought Leo cared about her, but then he gave that announcement and right after the song comes on. I think she is remembering her grandmother's words. She sees that Leo and most people in K-12 did not care for her and instead just wanted the money. Sorry if it's bad, this was my first time.
anonymous Nov 6th report
Okay so what I think about the Song "Recess" It do have a deep meaning in my head it because when it says "People gonna say
If you need a break someone'll take your place" it kind of gets me. I would think it means Take a break if you have to. Don't let them be in your life if they don't know you at all in my saying. I would say it as a really deep meaning.
anonymous Sep 10th report
My interpretation is talking about toxic people/friends. For example, "People gonna say, if you need a break someone will take your place." That line may be referring to friends, where they find another friend and replace you, but I feel like the other interpretation is better. :)
anonymous Sep 6th 2020 report
In my opinion this song is basically about taking a break if you feel the need to. Melanie is an artist and people are pushing her everyday to creating new songs and they don't care about her mental health. The first verse is a childhood memory. Crybaby is a little girl and doesn't quite understand what her grandma is trying to tell her. "People gonna say, if you need a break someone will take your place."-people will forget about you and find somebody else in your place if you'll want to stop and take some time for yourself. "People gonna try to tell you that your fine with dollars in their eyes"-people only care about themselves and tell you that you are fine because you give them what they want if you are "fine". The second verse and the bridge may be Melanie's experience. She achieved a lot and became successful but doesn't feel right. She feels like her time is gone and remembers her grandma's words "don't let them f*ck you honey...". She decides to take a break, a "recess" in order to improve her metal health even though the show-biznes and some people aren't happy with this, she knows that self-care is more important than making money and becoming a successful toy of the show-biznes.
It's just my interpretation, sorry if I got something wrong.
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