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"Mrs. Potato Head" is a song by Melanie Martinez featured as the twelfth track on her debut album, Cry Baby.

She first confirmed this song would be on the album during a livestream via Periscope on June 1st, 2015, and mentioned that it was the most fun to write. Melanie posted a snippet of the song on her Instagram on August 10th, 2015. The music video was released on December 1st, 2016.

Leak History

  • February 13th, 2021 - The complete collection of stems are leaked.
  • May 17th, 2021 - The second demo is leaked.
  • May 17th, 2021 (later) - The third demo is leaked.

Background and Theme

During her passage in Los Angeles, while taking care of the EP and album productions, Melanie took notice and realized how influential the branch of plastic surgery is in Hollywood. She sees people who succumb to the pressures of Hollywood's ideas of perfection by forcing plastic surgery onto themselves as them being a real-life version of "Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head," a famous American toy consisting of a plastic model of a potato which can be decorated with a variety of plastic parts that can attach to the main body. This song deals with plastic surgery, its consequences, and the struggle for beauty in the modern world itself, and people who succumb to these pressures. Melanie also explained in an interview that Cry Baby was becoming more confident in her skin, and she is beginning to form her own individual opinions. Melanie said that this song was not about bashing women who get plastic surgery, but more like "Why are you doing this when you're beautiful without it?"

On July 19th, 2014, Melanie posted a tweet with emojis representing some songs intended to appear in the album, with the "🍟" emoji possibly representing this song.[1]

Official Versions

  • Final version — 3:37
  • Demo 1 — Unknown
  • Demo 2 — 3:36
  • Demo 3 — 3:38

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
If you weren't born with it
You can buy a couple ornaments
Just be sure to read the warning, kids
Cause pretty soon you'll be bored of it, ha-ha
Sexual, hey girl, if you wanna feel sexual
You can always call up a professional
They stick pins in you like a vegetable, ha-ha

[Refrain]
Kids forever, kids forever
Baby soft skin turns into leather
Don't be dramatic, it's only some plastic
No one will love you if you're unattractive

[Chorus]
Oh Mrs. Potato Head, tell me
Is it true that pain is beauty?
Does a new face come with a warranty?
Will a pretty face make it better?
Oh Mr. Potato Head, tell me
How did you afford her surgery?
Do you swear you'll stay forever?
Even if her face don't stay together
Even if her face don't stay together

[Verse 2]
If you want a little more confidence
Potatoes turn to french fries, yeah it's common sense
All you need's a couple more condiments
And a hundred thousand dollars for some compliments, ha-ha
It's such a waste
When little girls grow into their mother's face
But little girls are learning how to cut and paste
And pucker up their lips until they suffocate, ha-ha

[Refrain]
Kids forever, kids forever
Baby soft skin turns into leather
Don't be dramatic, it's only some plastic
No one will love you if you're unattractive

[Chorus]
Oh Mrs. Potato Head, tell me
Is it true that pain is beauty?
Does a new face come with a warranty?
Will a pretty face make it better?
Oh Mr. Potato Head, tell me
How did you afford her surgery?
Do you swear you'll stay forever?
Even if her face don't stay together
Stay forever, stay forever
Even if her face don't stay together
Stay forever, stay forever
Even if her face don't stay together

[Chorus]
Oh Mrs. Potato Head, tell me
Is it true that pain is beauty?
Does a new face come with a warranty?
Will a pretty face make it better?
Oh Mr. Potato Head, tell me
How did you afford her surgery?
Do you swear you'll stay forever?

[Breakdown]
Even if her face don't stay together
Stay forever, stay forever
Even if her face don't stay together
Stay forever, stay forever
Even if her face don't stay together
Stay forever, stay forever
Even if her face don't stay together
Stay forever, stay forever
Even if her face don't stay together

Videos

Gallery

Mrs. Potato Head (Song)/Gallery

Music Video

The video begins with Cry Baby watching television in her house while brushing her doll's hair and eating cookies. She sees an advertisement for diet pills and begins to believe she needs to be skinnier and stops eating her cookies. An advertisement for blonde wigs comes up, which make a tearful Cry Baby go to the bathroom. She stuffs tissues in her bra to make it look like she has larger breasts, referencing the events in "Pacify Her". She then puts on red lipstick, a blonde wig, and swallows a diet pill. Cry Baby walks back to the living room and changes the channel, showing Mrs. Potato Head greeting her husband. He gives her flowers, a necklace, and a note that says she has a face-lift scheduled. She tries to act happy, but, in reality, she is very nervous. On the day of the appointment, Mr. Potato Head shows the doctors what he would like done to his wife by drawing surgical lines on her face. Then, the surgery is shown. The Bunny Doctor attempts to give Mrs. Potato Head larger breasts and a face-lift but is shown numerous times cutting completely cutting out of the surgical lines and stuffing the inside of her breasts with tissues. After being discharged and sent home, Mr. Potato Head cuts Mrs. Potato Head's hair shorter while she is asleep, much to her horror when she looks at herself in the mirror later on. Mr. Potato Head then runs in and comforts his wife, and then removes her bandages. To his surprise, the surgery went horribly wrong and Mrs. Potato Head's face is now ruined and he instructs her to wear a blonde wig and wear make up to hopefully cover up the damage. However, because she is now ugly in his eyes, Mr. Potato Head leaves his wife for another woman, and a devastated Mrs. Potato Head; who was secretly watching this happening outside from an upstairs window; breaks down in tears and the film ends. Affected by what she has seen, Cry Baby takes off the wig and removes the tissues from her bra. She realizes that she is perfect the way she is and that she doesn't need to change for anyone else.

Cast

Errors

  • At the beginning of the music video, when Mr. Potato Head gives Mrs. Potato Head the box containing the pearl necklace, the box is flat, long, and rectangular. However, after the surgery, during her flashbacks, the box she is holding is small and shaped like a cube; almost like a ring box. In Nora's Mrs. Potato Head Q&A video, she explained that there were more presents.
  • When Cry Baby first walks into the bathroom, she goes over the mirror, and her face is seen. She is not crying, and her makeup looks fine. In the next shot, she has started crying, and her makeup is smeared all over her face, especially her eye makeup, like she was rubbing her eyes and wiping tears away, however she has not yet grabbed the tissues to do this with, her makeup having become smeared without reason.

Trivia

  • This is Melanie's favourite song on Cry Baby.[2]
  • In an interview with Billboard, Melanie stated that "Mrs. Potato Head" was "the most challenging song to write, but it was worth it".[3]
  • Melanie wrote this song because she wanted to write a song that helps people get over their insecurities.[4]
  • In the physical storybook for this song, a woman is shown on the TV. However, in the digital storybook, the toy Mrs. Potato Head is shown. It's unknown why this occurred.
    • This was later fixed, and the digital version now shows the woman as well.
  • Melanie once said on Twitter, while she was answering fans' questions, that directing the music video for "Mrs. Potato Head" was going to be the hardest.
  • This is the only Cry Baby Era video was where Cry Baby does not appear singing.
  • It is Melanie's sixth music video to reach over 100 million views on YouTube.
  • The music video was shot in September of 2016.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head are credited as "Rich Husband" and "Wife" in the description of the music video.
  • In the music video, when Cry Baby is in the bathroom, a song can be faintly heard on the radio. It is an old song by another artist.
  • When the music video was released it reached #12 on YouTubes top trending page.
  • In the music video, Mrs. Potato Head's surgery was scheduled for October 31th, the day which Halloween is celebrated in many countries. This foreshadowed what was going to happen.
  • When marking Mrs. Potato Head's face, the doctor uses a black Crayola marker.
  • The music video was filmed in the same room and on the same day as in the Cry Baby Perfume commercial.
    • It is also believed that Melanie shot the "Pacify Her" music video and at the same location as this music video, due to a similar set and her pink pigtail hairstyle and makeup.
  • Many images from the music video were leaked before it was released, some of which were deleted scenes.
  • "Mrs. Potato Head" was certified gold on July 31st, 2017.
  • The story and illustration for this song appear on the 25th page of the Cry Baby storybook, reading:

"One day she turned on the tv
Mrs. potato on the screen
Showing off her surgeries
She thought that her pain meant beauty"

References

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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 DoctorMrs. Potato HeadMr. Potato HeadNurseRushton Dolls
Extras Digital BookletRemoved SongsMerchandise
Locations Cry Baby's HouseBig Bad Wolf's HouseGrocery StoreCarnivalHospital
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