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"Dollhouse" is the debut single by Melanie Martinez, featured as the first track on her namesake debut extended play, Dollhouse. It is also included as the second track on her debut album, Cry Baby and her extended play, Pity Party.

The music video was released on February 9th, 2014, and the song was made available for digital download the following day.

Official Versions

  • Final version — 3:51
    • Official instrumental — 3:52
  • Demo version — 3:52

Theme

"Dollhouse" is about the family of Melanie's alter ego. The alter ego's mother is revealed to be an alcoholic due to her husband's infidelity and the brother smoking cannabis. The alter ego, named Cry Baby, is the only one that recognizes how horrible her situation is. Cry Baby wishes people would understand her reality. In the music video, Cry Baby and her family are visualized as dolls as a metaphor for Cry Baby's family trying to seem perfect in public.

This song also can be used to describe 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
"Mom, please wake up
Dad's with a slut
And your son is smoking cannabis"

[Pre-Chorus 1]
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

On February 5th, 2014, Melanie posted a promotional trailer for the music video on YouTube to announce the song's release date. There was also a link to pre-order the song on iTunes.[2][3]

Gallery

Live

The live video takes place in an old house with balloons and vintage toys throughout. Miles Nasta and Mike Squillante are dressed up in onesies, with Miles playing a drum machine and Mike playing the keyboard and guitar. Melanie is wearing a white dress with a white bow. This performance was recorded at the same location as the "Carousel" live video.

Music Video

The music video takes place inside a dollhouse that a little girl plays with. It shows Cry Baby's family in their various roles. The dad is off 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 they return to their activities. After the second chorus, the little girl appears inside the dollhouse and Cry Baby sings to her while she is cornered by the family. Soon after, she appears back outside the dollhouse and runs away.

Cast

Errors

  • When Cry Baby looks at the little girl, her hair bow disappears.
  • In a scene, the family members are supposed to turn their heads to the little girl, but the scene before that, the dad was already looking at her.

Trivia

  • On January 13th, 2017, the music video reached 100 million views on YouTube. It reached 200 million on October 24th, 2018, and reached 300 million on March 13th, 2021. It is Melanie's first music video to reach these milestones.
  • Melanie began shooting the video on December 6th, 2013.
    • The music video was shot in three days.[4]
    • Fans funded the music video for Dollhouse.
      • In late 2013, Melanie crowdfunded more than $10,000 for the music video.
      • Carousel's music video was also funded by fans
    • The music video has never left the overall top 200 music videos on iTunes since its release.
  • "Dollhouse" is Melanie's song that is featured the most on albums and EPs, as it is on Cry Baby, Dollhouse, and Pity Party.
  • "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.
  • The appearance of Melanie's pet bunny Whinnie in the kitchen scene was not planned, as she stated that he just wanted to be in the video.[5]
  • 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."
  • There are 4 official remixes of this song which can be found on Dollhouse (The Remixes).
  • There is a subtle guitar in the chorus, which can almost only be heard in the instrumental.
  • This is Melanie's first song to be certified gold. It was certified on December 16th, 2015.
    • "Dollhouse" is Melanie's first platinum-certified song. It was certified on December 1st, 2016.
    • It was later certified 2x multi-platinum on February 28th, 2020.
  • This is Melanie's first song produced by Kinetics & One Love, and it was created on the first day that the three met.[6]
  • At the beginning of the music video, a tune can be heard. If the tune is sped up, an instrumental remake of the chorus can be heard.
  • The rough cut version of the music video is available on YouTube.
    • This version includes some deleted scenes and raw footage.
  • This was the first song recorded for Cry Baby.
  • The story and illustration for this song appear on the 5th page of the Cry Baby storybook, reading:

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"

References

Navigation

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Featured Tracks DollhouseCarouselDead To MeBittersweet Tragedy
Characters Cry BabyMomDadBrotherLittle GirlAlphabet Boy
Extras Merchandise
Locations Cry Baby's House
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Featured Tracks Cry BabyDollhouseSippy CupCarouselAlphabet BoySoapTraining WheelsPity PartyTag, You're ItMilk and CookiesPacify HerMrs. Potato HeadMad Hatter
Bonus Tracks Play DateTeddy BearCake
Characters Cry BabyJohnnyAlphabet BoyBig Bad WolfMomDadBrotherLittle GirlBeth AnneMistressCashierBasic BitchBlue BoyBunny DoctorsMrs. Potato HeadMr. Potato HeadNurseRushton Dolls
Extras Digital BookletRemoved SongsMerchandiseCry Baby Tour Diaries
Locations Cry Baby's HouseBig Bad Wolf's HouseGrocery StoreCarnivalHospital
Tour Cry Baby TourCry Baby Tour Part 2Cry Baby Euro TourCry Baby Euro Tour Part 2Cry Baby Australia and New Zealand Tour
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