Meaning of “Play Date” by Melanie Martinez

This song utilizes a motif in which childhood references, such as “play date”, are meant to point to adult ideas. And to make a long story short, the vocalist (Melanie Martinez) has obviously serious feelings for the addressee. 

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And it would appear that the latter also has a romantic interest in Melanie, but one which isn’t nearly as earnest. Therefore, the vocalist is frustrated, to the extent of unconvincingly trying to fool herself into believing that she likewise “don’t give a f*ck” about the addressee.

“I don’t give a f–k about you anyways
Who ever said I give a s–t ’bout you?
You never share your toys or communicate
I guess I’m just a playdate to you”

When was “Play Date” released?

On 14th August, 2015, “Play Date” was released as part of Martinez’s debut album, “Cry Baby”.


Martinez co-wrote this with Jennifer Decilveo. Michael Keenan is the sole producer for “Play Date”.

Chart Success

CountryPosition #


CountryUnits sold to date
United Kingdom200,000
United States2,000,000
Play Date

The Long and Short of “Play Date”

“Play Date” portrays Melanie Martinez experiencing frustration as her romantic feelings for the person she’s addressing are either not taken seriously or not reciprocated to the same extent.

The above can really be super frustrating. When you’re all in, feeling those deep vibes for someone, and they just don’t get it or don’t feel the same way, it hurts. It’s like you’re pouring your heart out, but it just falls flat. You might even start doubting yourself, wondering if you’re good enough. And let’s not forget the confusion, right? One minute it seems like they are into you, the next, not so much. It’s kind of a rollercoaster of emotions, a real heart tug-o-war. It’s just a tough spot to be in, feeling stuck in a play date when you’re longing for something real. It can totally feel like a one-sided game that’s more draining than fun. It’s just, well, frustrating.

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