“Field Trip” is the nineteenth track on Melanie Martinez’s 2020 EP ‘After School.’ The song talks about the singer’s personalities including all the twists and turns that make her who she is.
On an Instagram post, Melanie shared the story behind the song;
“‘Field Trip’ is a more personal song about some of the intricacies of who I am as a human. Being an empath, a life path 11 (bridge between the divine and the material) The duality of my Triple Taurus and triple Scorpio placements. The contrast between what my mother was going to name me when I was in the womb ( katarina- pure light) and what she ended up naming me the minute I was born (Melanie – darkness) and also a reminder that whatever imaginary box people put me in I will always find a way out.”
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“Field Trip” Lyrics Meaning and Song Review
Melanie Martinez has a lot to explain. She reveals to us the true ‘her’ in these lines. She says that she is not one to take orders from anybody. These revelations might not make her the most popular person in any community. But she could care less. She is not even bothered to explain herself to anybody. Especially when it comes to the internet, there is very little one can do to change the collective conscience of the masses. It’s worse than talking to a brick wall.
In these lyrics, we come to believe that Melanie Martinez is directly talking about her haters online. The internet, especially social media, has become one of the most prominent touchpoints between artists and their fans and haters alike. ‘Yelling to her through a screen’ supports the above claim. She is quite unhappy that she gets a lot of hate while she tries to send positive vibes in return (possibly via her music).
To her ‘keyboard heroes,’ Melani has one message: “you are not real.” This claim suggests that haters are mere ‘comments’ on the Internet, and most of them come from a personal point of view, rather than an objective remark.
However, Melanie Martinez follows up this claim saying that we are all merely ‘energy.’ This is most likely scientifically accurate as well. Us, humans, are made of different forms of energy that keep on changing within us. When we die, this energy transforms into different forms and rejoins the universe, where it originally came together for our birth.
The ‘mystical’ bit Melanie is referring to could be the part about the astrology which she explained in her Instagram post. She is trying to give meaning to what is often considered a bogus science.
‘Life Path’ numbers are a sequence of numbers determined based on your birthday and are supposed to define your personal traits. Melanie Martinez says she is an 11 in her Life Path. And people with this number are described as “very sensitive and intuitive, with a deeper understanding of others and a natural sense of what is going on behind the scene.”
Melanie Martinez also talks about her duality nature. Even before she was born, she experienced extreme duality. She revealed that her mother was going to name her Katarina when she was conceived. But as soon as she was born, her mother named her Melanie. The name Katarina means pure light, while Melanie stands for darkness.
Melanie also revealed that her astrological chart is occupied by both Taurus and Scorpio. These two zodiac signs are also opposing energies. The singer says these dualities are reflected in her personality as well.
And because of these ‘quirky’ traits, Melanie will be enjoying this ‘field trip’ of life all by herself.
In the second verse, too, Melanie stresses on how she is not going to be the image of ‘perfection’ everybody wants her to be. She says that she also gets a lot of shame for not embracing her Latina roots. ‘Blanquita’ is slang for a white girl of any ethnic background.
Melanie also jabs at the social media ‘influencers’ and ‘celebrities’ who claim to be ‘woke’ in the face of all the matters in this world. There were several incidents caught on camera where so-called ‘social media celebrities’ were faking their support for different causes, especially Black Lives Matter protests held recently. Melanie raises a question about their authenticity!
Melanie Martinez adds that she does not shy away from speaking her mind when it is needed. It might be a whole lot of curse words, but it is coming from a genuine place. She also credits her duality to her dominant zodiac signs of Taurus and Scorpio.
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