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"Mad Hatter" is the 13th and final track on the standard edition of Melanie Martinez's debut album, Cry Baby. The music video was released on September 23rd, 2017.

Theme

In an interview with Artist Direct, Melanie said that Mad Hatter is about being okay with being crazy. In this song, Cry Baby is fully accepting her insanity and doesn't care what other people think of her. She is proud of herself, and doesn’t care what people say or think about her, like Melanie herself.[1] The song includes many references to the 1865 fantasy novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

The song is the closing chapter of the story because Cry Baby realizes that she's insane, and she embraces the crazy inside of her.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
My friends don't walk, they run
Skinny dip in rabbit holes for fun
Poppin', poppin' balloons with guns
Getting high off helium
We paint white roses red
Each shade from a different persons' head
This dream, dream is a killer
Getting drunk with a blue caterpillar

[Pre-chorus]
I'm peeling the skin off my face
'Cause I really hate being safe
The normals, they make me afraid
The crazies, they make me feel sane

[Chorus]
I'm nuts, baby, I'm mad
The craziest friend that you've ever had
You think I'm psycho, you think I'm gone
Tell the psychiatrist something is wrong
Over the bend, entirely bonkers
You like me best when I'm off my rocker
Tell you a secret, I'm not alarmed
So what if I'm crazy? The best people are
All the best people are crazy
All the best people are

[Verse 2]
Where is my prescription?
Doctor, doctor, please listen
My brain is scattered
You can be Alice, I'll be the Mad Hatter

[Pre-chorus]
I'm peeling the skin off my face
'Cause I really hate being safe
The normals, they make me afraid
The crazies, they make me feel sane

[Chorus]
I'm nuts, baby, I'm mad
The craziest friend that you've ever had
You think I'm psycho, you think I'm gone
Tell the psychiatrist something is wrong
Over the bend, entirely bonkers
You like me best when I'm off my rocker
Tell you a secret, I'm not alarmed
So what if I'm crazy? The best people are
All the best people are crazy
All the best people are

[Bridge]
You think I'm crazy, you think I'm gone
So what if I'm crazy? All the best people are
And I think you're crazy too, I know you're gone
It's probably the reason that we get along

[Chorus]
I'm nuts, baby, I'm mad
The craziest friend that you've ever had
You think I'm psycho, you think I'm gone
Tell the psychiatrist something is wrong
Over the bend, entirely bonkers
You like me best when I'm off my rocker
Tell you a secret, I'm not alarmed
So what if I'm crazy? The best people are
All the best people are crazy
All the best people are
All the best people are crazy
All the best people are

Videos

Music Video

The music video, like the previous ones, is directed and conceived by Melanie. However, for this video, Melanie hired an animator to work on the extensive CGI effects featured in it, hence making for a high budget. The video starts off with Cry Baby in her bedroom, smoking. When she places her cigarette, she sees a mysterious bottle of liquid, labelled "drink". She consequently drinks it, and falls into the bed. She sees the Cashier and Nurse by her bed as she falls asleep. The music starts as a doll cranks up a Jack-in-the-box, from which Cry Baby pops out. Four human-sized toys then drop in, saving her from the doll. These toys, according to Melanie, represent her true friends[2]. As the dream continues, we see more situations where Cry Baby faces a threat, like a family eating her, and a man and woman (possibly her parents) blocking her path. In all of these situations, Cry Baby is saved by the toys. The dream sequence ends with Cry Baby eating a live donut while the toys are sitting by her. As the video ends, Cry Baby wakes up in her bed with black eyes, pale skin, and two hands by her side.

Cast

Trivia

  • During the Dollhouse Tour Part 2, this song faced technical difficulties at many concerts.
  • There were two other versions of this song before it was released; one of them had Melanie do a portion of the first verse, she then said "Wha, wha, wha" and then restarted the song. This, however, was a mistake, as Melanie began singing early. Another version was where Melanie began the song by counting "1, 2, 3". The "1, 2, 3" was mostly whispered by her, but sometimes Melanie would shout a bit at this part. Both early versions had a different instrumental than what studio version currently has now.
  • On May 3rd, 2017, Melanie announced that she had finally had an animator meeting for the music video of this song.[3]
  • On July 12th, 2017, this song was certified gold.
  • The music video has the most time put into it out of any music video Melanie has created.
  • There are many references to Dollhouse in the music video.
  • Melanie stated that the stuffed animals in the music video represent the few genuine friends in her life and how they constantly support her.[2]
    • The stuffed animals are vintage toys called Rushton 'rubber face' dolls.
    • The blue bear and yellow duckling are tattoos on Melanie's upper left arm.
  • The day the music video came out, it was on #17 on YouTube's trending list.
  • The bottle labelled "drink" at the beginning of the music video is a reference to the "Drink Me Potion" from Alice In Wonderland.
  • The song playing in Cry Baby's room in the music video is Baby Won't You Come Home by Bessie Smith.
  • Melanie designed the outfits for the music video.
  • When the song gets to the bridge, where it says:

You think I'm crazy, you think I'm gone
So what if I'm crazy? All the best people are
And I think you're crazy too, I know you're gone
It's probably the reason that we get along
It is assumed this is Cry Baby talking to her future, older self, which is why when the song gets to the bridge, Melanie's voice gets not necessarily higher, but more child-like.

  • The story and illustration for this song appears on the final page of the Cry Baby storybook, reading:
    Mad hatter

    Mad Hatter's Digital Booklet Page

"Cry baby sat and disagreed
Imperfect, insane, and emotional was she
But she feels safe, going to sleep
And there’s no one else that she’d rather be"

Gallery

Mad Hatter/Gallery

References

  1. http://www.artistdirect.com/entertainment-news/article/interview-melanie-martinez-reveals-cry-baby-secrets/11752246
  2. 2.0 2.1 https://www.instagram.com/p/BZY7kZalsC3/?hl=en&taken-by=littlebodybigheart
  3. https://twitter.com/MelanieLBBH/status/859935162452148224

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Crybaby logo
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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