Melanie Martinez: Tag You're It Meaning
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Tag You're It Lyrics
Boy, you had your eye out for a little
"I'll cut you up and make you dinner
You've reached the end, you are the winner"
Rolling down your tinted window
Driving next to me real slow, he said,
anonymous Jul 28th, 2018 7:12pm report
I think that Tag You’re It is about rape/sexual assault. In the first part of the lyrics, the “boy” in the lyrics seems to be stalking and trying to lure Melanie. In the chorus, there’s one line that says “he chased me and he wouldn’t stop”, which could refer to the persistence of rapists. “He” also pushes Melanie down according to the lyrics, which further suggests that it’s some sort of sexual assault. In addition, two lines start with “can anybody hear me”, which may refer to how people don’t hear the cries of help from the victims, or ignore them because they don’t want to be involved. There’s also a line further in the song that says, “if she screams don’t let her go”, which could suggest rapists continuing their actions despite the victim’s screaming.
To play tag, someone has to be ‘it’. If they touch/‘catch’ someone else and say “tag, you’re it”, that someone else would be ‘it’. Talking about rape/sexual assault through tag would mean that the rapist is ‘it’ and they’re trying to catch the victim to rape them.
anonymous Feb 12th, 2017 2:15am report
If we clean all sort of love or sex sort of sick things and focus how Melanie made this song ,I feel like she is trying to describe that part of her life when she was own trapped inside the demons of her own mind,her bad mind being the wolf stopping her to reach her goals ( or by being too proud as mentioned in the lyrics"You reached till here you are the winner").Its evident in the video where head(brain) was imprisoned inside the glass with the same background where the wolf was there(not having control over her mind,lack of focus)or by the lyrics"you're saying,"Tag you're it..."(I mean how could that wolf say the same words which crybaby herself was saying?)
anonymous Aug 12th, 2017 8:06pm report
This is a statement to the rape culture in American society. It is such a common occurance it is like a game. Everyone knows it is going on but no one will "hear" about it. She is not allowed to speak because of his actions. It is showing our glorified ignorance of a very ugly part of society.
anonymous Oct 23rd, 10:01pm report
Like the others said, I think it's about rape/sexual assaults, we get this from the lyrics 'Grabbed my hand and pushed me down' we also see a wolf who kidnapped her. The video also shows that Crybaby is a child, we infer this from the scene in the music video about the wolf luring her in by giving her ice cream, we can also infer this from the lyrics 'I got some candy for you inside'. Kids like ice cream and candy.
like many others i believe the wolf is a child sex offender. i believe melanie might have used the wolf as the predator because in the original little red riding hood, the big bad wolf asked red to take off all of her clothes and lay in bed with him, and the author (Charles Perrault i think) said that young girls should be wary of “wolves” (an innuendo for child predators.) idk just a theory though, she might have just used a wolf because it’s a scary animal. I also think the wolf is not only a rapist, but a metaphor for an adult taking away a child’s innocence. After this video, it seems that Crybaby is no longer a child anymore and the songs deal with more adult themes.
anonymous Aug 4th, 8:15am report
I do not believe the Wolf had raped Crybaby. I believe this song is about kidnapping and possibly sexual assault. In Milk and Cookies, the Wolf attempts to stroke her hair after the cookies are done, therefore one of the reasons I believe this. Back to Tag You’re It, after the Wolf gives her the ice cream, he affectionately picks her up and puts her in the back. The song also says “Let me take your for a joy ride”, which could mean many different things. Near the end, the song says”Your mother said to pick the very best girl, and I am” But I don’t think the Wolf raped her, he just showed affection as her kidnapper.
anonymous Jul 6th, 7:21pm report
Like all of the other reviews, i personally think that the wolf had kidnapped Melanie and took her somewhere, raping her. She came back from the store and she saw the wolf. She wanted a certain ice cream but the wolf suggested that she had a different one, the one that he had drugged. She passes out and the wolf rapes her. In milk and cookies, he forces her to make cookies. The cashier from before had given her poison. She puts that in the cookies and gives the cookies to the wolf. She got her revenge and escapes. Correct me if im wrong, im only in my first year of middle school so-
anonymous Jul 2nd, 7:41pm report
Are y'all mental? She said the meaning of the song in an interview. This song is just a fraction of a story that needs to he connected to her other songs to create the full story. In this song, Crybaby gets kidnapped by the Big Bad Wolf, hence the guy in the wolf mask in the music video. Furthermore, in Milk and Cookies, Crybaby poisons him and escapes. It's not about rape culture (which doesn't exist) or rape at all. If any of you were true crybabies you'd know that.
anonymous Jun 18th, 6:06pm report
I think that this song is about kidnapping and sexual assault. It's explains not being able to get away from an aggressor. Well in the next song, Milk and Cookies. Something I noticed about the two music videos is that in Tag, You're it, the cashier hands her a bottle of poison which Crybaby never uses in this video but in Milk and Cookies, she forgets she has it and while making the cookies, the bottle falls out of her pocket. She then remembers how she got it and what it is and pours it in the cookie mix while the Wolf isn't watching as it says in the Milk and Cookies lyrics, "Next time you're alone, think fast when you grab the phone" which at this time he was answering the phone so he was not paying attention.
anonymous Jun 9th, 6:14pm report
I think the song is about child abduction abduction, because the wilf is trying to lure her in with sweets and that’s exactly what a child predator would do.
anonymous May 2nd, 2019 5:52pm report
I think it could be an abusive boyfriend because she says "Can anybody hear me I'm hidden under ground
Can anybody hear me am I talking to myself" saying that she is willing to be underground cause she is hiding not trapped. then she says that he said "I hope to god you're never leaving." Like how abusers act like a victim to make the real victim feel bad. And she describes the violence saying "he chased me and he wouldn't stop" and " grab my hand, push me down" and "if she screams, dont let her go" and I think that they know eachothers family from when she says " your mother said to pick the very best girl" and the lyrics "I can taste your skin in my teeth would make sense if they have kissed.
anonymous Jan 1st, 2019 1:25pm report
Just a theory about the vid, I think that the cashier gave crybaby the posion because the cashier was already kidnapped once and killed the kidnapper, so she was helping crybaby?
anonymous Sep 27th, 2018 9:23am report
Like many, I believe that this song means that Crybaby has been sexually assaulted. When it says, ¨I can taste your skin in my teeth,¨ it makes me wonder if she means that she has kissed the sex offender, or otherwise known as the wolf. When she also says in the first line, ¨Looking at me through your window, Boy, you had your eye out for a little.¨ This made me think that she was followed by the Wolf in his ice cream truck. ¨Little bit of poison in me,¨ Suggests that she was drugged, and it also states in the song that the wolf ¨loved to hear her breathing,¨ and that he ¨hoped to god she wasn´t leaving.¨
anonymous Sep 11th, 2018 9:35am report
I can't help but think about The Lovely Bones every time I hear this song. Sounds like it's about a girl being kidnapped and possible sexually assaulted, this taking her innocence away.
anonymous Mar 30th, 2018 3:22pm report
Cry baby was sad and alone after her pity party. She went to get ice cream , that the ' big bad wolf " had drugged. In the next song (milk and cookies) the wolf has imprisoned crybaby. Inferring into the song, it would seem that the wolf is a sex offeender and wants to 'keep' crybaby. She then escapes, using poison in the cookies he tells her to make.
anonymous Dec 26th, 2017 12:49am report
When you think about it Melanie is a child a the wolf is a predator and there are a lot of ice cream drivers that lure kids in with ice cream so I personally think this melanie is being stalked by the wolf like when she says"looking at me through your window.Boy,you had your eye out for a little ."
anonymous Dec 11th, 2017 12:41pm report
It's about when crybaby goes to throw away her decorations(after pitty party) and decides to get some ice cream. But the big bad wolf drugged it so crybaby passes out. Then he drags her in to his truck and takes her to is cave.(milk and cookies) the big bad wolf has command crybaby to make cookies and she poisons them (with the stuff the clerk gave her in tag you're it) and escaped.
InterpretationBOT Nov 12th, 2017 11:23am report
If I'm honest, I think that it's about a teenager/young adult who has a dark backstory. A fear follows her through life, causing her to be deluded. She conjectures that she is still being stalked and attacked, and her scattered mind makes her feel the pain. She is trapped in her own head and at the end everything is too much for her to take- she kills herself.
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