Melanie Martinez: Dollhouse Meaning
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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."
anonymous Jun 30th, 2016 6:58pm report
Dollhouse can be what you make of it. A lot of people said that Dollhouse was creepy and that this isn't pop music because nobody writes songs like that.
But in reality, Melanie was portraying what almost all first world families look like today: broken and selfish. Mommy's an alcoholic, Daddy's a slut and her brother smokes cannabis.
She's the only one who can be possibly classified as a perfect doll... But even she has flaws.
This is basically saying that all humans are like dolls: we act like perfect barbies but nobody's actually perfect. Putting on two pounds of dolly makeup will not change that.
anonymous Jan 18th, 2018 1:25pm report
This song is about the face you put on for the world versus your true colors. The little girl represents the outside world. When the little girl comes up to play with them, they have to assume their plastic form, and pretend to be the perfect dolls the girl expects them to be. In reality, when the little girl (society) is looking away, everyone in this perfect family reveals their flaws. The mother is an alcoholic, the dad is unfaithful, and the son smokes cannabis. Then, there’s cry baby. She wants the perfect family so badly, but can’t seem to pull everyone to together. For instance, “mom, please wake up, dads with a slut, and your son is smoking cannabis” cry baby wants her dad to be faithful to mom, and for her brother to sober up, and thinks her mom can fix anything, somewhat oblivious to the fact that moms not sleeping, she’s passed out from all the alchohol. Sry for the long post
anonymous Jun 11th, 2017 6:31am report
They think that crybaby has the perfect life (e.g. big house, pretty clothes ext..) but they don't see what actually happens.
No one ever listens, (they think she has such a perfect life so they don't think she's serious?? Idk)
the wallpaper glistens,
Don't let them see what goes down in the kitchen (possibly being abused)
Hey girl, look at my mom,
She's got it going on, ha, you're blinded by her jewellery,
Uh oh, She's heading to the attic,
Plastic, go back to being plastic
(Go back to being plastic could mean go back to being normal and perfect and uh oh, She's heading to the attic could mean that she's hidden her alcohol to try and make her stop drinking, idk)
She's trying to fix her family on her own but it's not working, or she's had enough of being abused (one day they'll see what goes down in the kitchen, meaning that her voice will eventually be heard)
Idk but this is kinda what I gathered form the song, it's probably all wrong but idrc
anonymous Aug 21st, 8:19am report
I think that the meaning behind the song dollhouse is that people aren't always what they act like inside of their home. Someone could act 'perfect' outside of their home but be insane inside of it. It's just like celebrity's, people think that they are perfect but when something goes wrong or they finally get a chance just to be a normal human people get mad.
anonymous Jun 18th, 6:21pm report
I think that this song is about how because the way you act around them, people assume that you're perfect and have a great life and sometimes you'd like to think that to but they don't understand that just because you're this doesn't mean you're not that. Like me. When I'm at school, I pretend that my life isn't an absolute shit-show. But when I'm home, I cry. My mom has epilepsy so she can't do anything. On top of that she's poor and can't really buy food. My sister is always high and I'm always bouncing from one house to another so it's really difficult. But anyways, this song is explaining that you can't hide behind a wall.
anonymous Jan 22nd, 2019 1:17pm report
I think the song dollhouse is about how even the perfect looking family and house can hide the deepest secrets.
anonymous Jan 16th, 2019 1:54am report
This song reminds me of what goes down in my prison. My mom is more fucked up than you could ever imagine. She abuses me mentally, physically, and sexually(she's gay), and I think she even takes drugs. I was left to raise my sister, eleven, and brother, seven. But around my friends and their parents, she acts like my dad is the weird one, fucking us up and abusing me sexually.
Tentically what I think Dollhouse is saying is that in open eyes, they're as perfect as can be while behind closed doors, Hell takes over.
Sorry about the pity party. I just wanted to get my point across.
anonymous Dec 28th, 2018 12:33pm report
Is it just me or does anyone else sense a further meaning when you compare the lines:
1) 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
2) I see things that nobody else sees
anonymous Dec 2nd, 2018 12:41am report
I like to think of this song as the Kabra Family song (if ur a 39 clues fan u know why)//// It’s about crybaby’s broken family and that they ignore her////“don’t let them see what goes down in the kitchen” Her father is ‘courting’ the slut and she does not want to see it//// “know one ever listens this wallpaper glistens” She try’s to tell everyone she’s not perfect but everyone has to be asses and ignore her and say she’s crazy
[I decided not to go further in the interpretation]
anonymous Nov 4th, 2018 11:42pm report
I honestly think that its talking about someone being interacted with a demon or something cause it says "I see things that no one else sees" Like is that not enough evidence. So i think that's what its trying to say i also think its talking about how her family isn't perfect.
anonymous Oct 5th, 2018 10:24pm report
I think it refers to the so-called popular people or bullies. Everyone thinks that the popular people are perfect and think of them as nothing less. In all reality, everyone has there flaws but for some people, it is hard to show. As for bullies, no one thinks that they have any feelings because they hurt people. In all reality, they hurt others because they have been hurt themselves. The part "Picture picture smile for the picture" may be referring to society. Everyone wants to look happy on the outside when they're dying on the inside.
anonymous Sep 29th, 2018 9:33am report
This is the theme song for the dilaurnetis family in pretty little liars. lol
anonymous Jul 7th, 2018 7:13pm report
I think this song is about how rich families are always perceived as being perfect etc, when in reality, they are usually the most broken family wise. They always have to act perfect because this is what people expect them to be like when I’m realty behind closed doors, they’re fucked up. Simple as that;(
anonymous Jul 2nd, 2018 7:39pm report
I honestly think ‘dollhouse’ means that even though people may act perfect, down inside they’re dying or are completely imperfect.
Another meaning could be that she is trying to make a song relevant to everyday families. Many aren’t perfect, but if they seem like they are, that you need to look down deeper in a person or some people.
anonymous Jun 28th, 2018 6:03pm report
i think dollhouse really talks about hidden secrets in ourselves i mean no one is really perfect but people really dont look hard enough to see we all are behind closedoors or behind a mask doing things that one day will come to the light and we will regret it.
anonymous Jun 19th, 2018 6:51am report
So basically what I think is that is explaining her problems at home, like her mom being an alcoholic because dad is cheating on her. But to everyone else on the "outside" they get along perfectly and are a well behaved family. Which is the basic of the song.
anonymous Jun 14th, 2018 6:19pm report
so basically crybaby is about how crybaby's emotional and how no one understands her so they make fun of and call her names. dollhouse describes why she's so emotional and what that thing is about her that's no one understands. they make fun of her because they think she's perfect and just a crybaby. she tells us that she is in fact not perfect.
anonymous Jun 1st, 2018 6:45pm report
I think this song is about mental illness. “Everyone thinks that we’re perfect, please don’t let them look through the curtains” means that’s she’s trying to be normal on the outside but on the inside she’s falling apart. Her dads a cheater, her mums an alcoholic, and her brothers a stoner. She’s just trying to get through this but she doesn’t want people to know so she puts on an act of perfect. “Everyone thinks that we’re perfect” She’s putting on the perfect doll act to get through her sad and broken life.
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