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"Rough Love" is an unreleased song that was written by Melanie Martinez. is an unreleased song by Melanie Martinez. It was meant to be on her acoustic extended play, however, the project was scrapped. It was repurposed for Dollhouse, however, it was later removed from this project. It has been performed live multiple times.

Background

This song was written and recorded during Melanie's acoustic era.

Theme

This song is about a boyfriend who doesn't treat Melanie right and he always makes her feel foolish and insecure. Every other boy left her because they didn't think she was good enough, so she thinks now she has to accept this rough relationship because she won't have another one. It is possible that this was even about an abusive relationship, as another one of her songs (Teddy Bear) talks about domestic violence.

Videos

Melanie Martinez - Rough Love with LYRICS (an original) - Live at The Evening Muse 3 30 13

Melanie Martinez - Rough Love with LYRICS (an original) - Live at The Evening Muse 3 30 13

Melanie Martinez - Rough Love - Live at the Volume Lounge in Charlotte NC

Melanie Martinez - Rough Love - Live at the Volume Lounge in Charlotte NC

Melanie Martinez at the Hard Rock Cafe - Rough Love

Melanie Martinez at the Hard Rock Cafe - Rough Love

Melanie Martinez Rough Love Live at Gramercy Theatre, NY 2 15 14

Melanie Martinez Rough Love Live at Gramercy Theatre, NY 2 15 14

Lyrics

[Verse 1] Pullin' teeth
Straight out of my mouth reeks
Of insecurities
You poured into me

If these walls talked
They'd tell you to stop
Stop with your murdering
Of my dignity

[Chorus] All the other boys wanted was
To gaze in my eyes
And all your sick little brain craved was
To see me cry

[Verse 2] Look at me
What have I become?
I'm just a toy
You played and destroyed

What is love?
Does it push and shove?
Does it haunt you?
Make you feel like a fool?

[Chorus] All the other boys left me 'cause
I wasn't good enough
Now I'm stuck with these nightmares of me
Accepting rough love

[Bridge] Every tear that falls from me
Is the last one you will see
Tell myself this all the time
I don't know what changes my mind

[Chorus] All the other boys wanted was
To gaze in my eyes
And all your sick little brain craved was
To see me cry

All the other boys left me 'cause
I wasn't good enough
Now I'm stuck with these nightmares of me
Accepting rough love

Trivia

  • The studio session of the song has been leaked.

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