Melanie Martinez’s “Show & Tell” Lyrics Meaning

In “Show & Tell”, Melanie Martinez is speaking to a certain kind of pressure that comes along with her celebrity. Basically, she is in the crosshairs of paparazzi. Or more to the specific point of this song, sometimes people want to get close to her even when she does not want or is prepared for their attention. 

Or another way of looking at it is that Melanie feels she is always on display and at the mercy of public opinion. That’s why she named this song after the popular children’s activity “show and tell” where participants exhibit an item to a group of people and talk about it. She feels as if she is being treated like one of those items. Thus she entreats the listening audience to remember that she has the same type of emotions that they do. In other words, Martinez invokes the golden rule in trying to get others to sympathize with her emotions.

Lyrics of "Show & Tell" lyrics

Tease and Release of “Show & Tell”

Melanie Martinez first teased this song on 23 July 2019, as part of the trailer for the movie associated with the “K-12” project.

“K-12” is the name of the album which “Show & Tell” is featured on. Both were released by Atlantic Records and Warner Music on 6 September 2019. This track is one of the outstanding tracks on “K-12”. Other notable tracks from Melanie’s “K-12” include:

Did Melanie Martinez write this song?

Martinez co-wrote “Show & Tell” with Michael Keenan, whom she works with regularly. Keenan also served as the producer of the track.

Was “Show & Tell” released as a single?

No. Actually the album “K-12” (on which it appears) wasn’t supported by any official single.

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4 Responses

  1. Kwame Ntiamoah Siaw says:


  2. Melanie Martinez says:

    I LOVED IT SHE’S FLIPPING AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Maddie Gutierrez says:

    She is amazing, and should be respected by everyone. People disrespect her privacy and personal space, maybe that is why she wrote show and tell.

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