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"Dollhouse" is Melanie Martinez's debut single. The music video was released on February 9th, 2014, and the song was made available for digital download the day after on February 10th. It was then featured on the Dollhouse EP as the opening track. It is also featured as the second track on Melanie's debut album, Cry Baby, along with her second EP, Pity Party EP.

Theme

Dollhouse is about a family that appears to be perfect on the outside looking in, yet it's far from it. In Dollhouse, Cry Baby's mother is an alcoholic due to her husband’s infidelity, and her brother is engulfed in the life of drugs. The daughter, who is named Cry Baby, is the only one that sees the tragedy surrounding her. Her family is visualized as the dolls living inside of a playhouse that belongs to a little girl. Since the daughter knows the truth about her dysfunctional family, she narrates the song in an attempt to get the girl to understand her reality.

This song has another meaning of how people view celebrities. In an interview, Melanie said, "People put them in glass boxes and think they are perfect and when something happens that shows when they are humans, people don't like that."

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Hey girl, open the walls
Play with your dolls
We'll be a perfect family
When you walk away, is when we really play
You don't hear me when I say

[Pre-chorus 1]
"Mom, please wake up,
Dad's with a slut,
And your son is smoking cannabis"
No one ever listens, this wallpaper glistens
Don't let them see what goes down in the kitchen

[Chorus]
Places, places, get in your places
Throw on your dress and put on your doll faces
Everyone thinks that we're perfect
Please don't let them look through the curtains
Picture, picture, smile for the picture
Pose with your brother, won't you be a good sister?
Everyone thinks that we're perfect
Please don't let them look through the curtains

[Post-Chorus]
D-O-L-L-H-O-U-S-E
I see things that nobody else sees
(D-O-L-L-H-O-U-S-E
I see things that nobody else sees)

[Verse 2]
Hey girl, look at my mom, she's got it going on
Ha! You're blinded by her jewelry
When you turn your back
She pulls out a flask
And forgets his infidelity
Uh oh, she's coming to the attic
Plastic, go back to being plastic

[Pre-chorus 2]
No one ever listens, this wallpaper glistens
One day they'll see what goes down in the kitchen

[Chorus]
Places, places, get in your places
Throw on your dress and put on your doll faces
Everyone thinks that we're perfect
Please don't let them look through the curtains
Picture, picture, smile for the picture
Pose with your brother, won't you be a good sister?
Everyone thinks that we're perfect
Please don't let them look through the curtains

[Post-chorus]
D-O-L-L-H-O-U-S-E
I see things that nobody else sees
(D-O-L-L-H-O-U-S-E
I see things that nobody else sees)

[Breakdown]
Hey girl (Hey girl X7)
Hey girl, open your walls, play with your dolls
We'll be a perfect family

[Chorus]
Places, places, get in your places
Throw on your dress and put on your doll faces
Everyone thinks that we're perfect
Please don't let them look through the curtains
Picture, picture, smile for the picture
Pose with your brother, won't you be a good sister?
Everyone thinks that we're perfect
Please don't let them look through the curtains

[Post-chorus]
D-O-L-L-H-O-U-S-E
I see things that nobody else sees
(D-O-L-L-H-O-U-S-E
I see things that nobody else sees)

Videos

The music video takes place inside a dollhouse, with a little girl playing with it. It shows Cry Baby's family in their various roles. For example, it shows that the dad is gone in the beginning, having an affair. The son is smoking cannabis, and the mom is passed out on the couch. During the line, "Picture, picture, smile for the picture", the family poses for a picture, and then returns to their activities. After the second chorus, the little girl appears inside the dollhouse and Cry Baby sings to her. Soon after, she appears back outside the dollhouse and runs away.

Cast

The live video takes place in an old house. There are balloons and vintage toys decorating the place. Miles Nasta and Mike Squillante are dressed up in onesies, with Miles playing a drum machine and Mike playing the keyboard and a guitar. Melanie is wearing a white dress with a white bow. As suggested by the title, Melanie is singing live throughout the video. This live video takes place at the same place as the Carousel live video.

Trivia

  • This is Melanie Martinez's current most popular song; on Friday, January 13th, 2017, it reached 100 million views on YouTube. It now has more than 120 million views.
  • Sippy Cup references the line, "One day they'll see what goes down in the kitchen", as it talks about what went down in the kitchen.
  • The bear next to the doll heads is Melanie's phone case.
  • There was no real reason for the bunny (Whinnie) to be in the kitchen scene, Melanie stated that he just wanted to be in the video. [1]
  • The skirt next to Cry Baby when she is strapped into the box is the same skirt she wears in the music video for Carousel.
  • Fans funded the music video for Dollhouse.
    • In late 2013, Melanie crowdfunded more than $10,000 for shooting the music video.
  • Ever since the release of the music video, it has never left the overall top 200 top music videos on iTunes.
  • There are 4 remixes of this song which can be found on the Dollhouse (The Remixes) (EP)
  • There is a very subtle guitar in the chorus, which can almost only be heard in the instrumental.
  • Melanie began shooting the video on December 6th, 2013.
  • This is Melanie's first song to be certified gold. It was succeeded by Pity Party.
    • This song is also Melanie's first platinum certified song.
  • This song was released before Melanie was signed to a label.
  • At the beginning of the music video, a tune can be heard. If the tune is sped up, you can hear an instrumental remake of the chorus.
  • The story and illustration for this song appear on the 5th page of the Cry Baby storybook, reading:
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    Dollhouse's Digital Booklet Page

"And in her picture perfect home
Momma’s drunk while daddy moans
Her brother always comes home stoned
She watches in her room alone"


Gallery

Dollhouse/Gallery

References

  1. http://melaniemartinezmusic.tumblr.com/post/125200275218/in-your-dollhouse-video-why-is-there-a-rabbit-on

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Featured Tracks Cry BabyDollhouseSippy CupCarouselSoapTraining WheelsPity PartyTag, You're ItMilk and CookiesPacify HerMrs. Potato HeadMad Hatter
Bonus Tracks Play DateTeddy BearCake
Characters Cry BabyJohnnyAlphabet BoyBig Bad WolfMomDadBrotherBeth AnneCashierBasic BitchBlue BoyBunny DoctorMrs. Potato HeadMr. Potato HeadNurse
Extras Digital BookletRemoved SongsMerchandise
Locations Cry Baby's HouseBig Bad Wolf's HouseGrocery StoreCarnivalHospital

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