Melanie Martinez: Dollhouse Meaning
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."
1TOP RATED#1 top rated interpretation:anonymous May 6th 2017 report
Basically, it's about people saying "Oh, look how perfect your family are!!" or "I wish I could be as perfect as you!!". But behind closed doors, her father is a cheater, her brother smokes cannabis probably to take stress away, and her mother probably turned to drugs and alchohal after finding out her husband is a cheater. She probably doesn't want to interfere with her husband, there is a possibly he is abusive? Crybaby is the only person in her family of 4 who kept their perfect status.
2TOP RATED#2 top rated interpretation:anonymous Jan 18th 2018 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
3TOP RATED#3 top rated interpretation:anonymous May 11th 2016 report
this song just shows how perfect some families can look but behind closed doors how bad things can be. using the little dolls point of view helps you see how a parent or parents can be as about as fake as a plastic doll is.
anonymous Jun 21st report
The song is about Cry Baby's family, and how everybody thinks that they're this perfect and lovely family, when in reality, her mother is alcoholic, her father is a cheater, and her brother smokes marijuana. I think that the dollhouse is a metaphor for the family being plastic.
anonymous May 15th report
I believe that this song is from the daughter's perspective, and she is in a "perfect" family, but when you draw back the curtains, you see that the father is cheating, the mother is an alcoholic, and her brother is a drug addict, and "D-O-L-L-H-O-U-S-E I see things that nobody else sees" shows that she is the only one exposed to the fakeness of the family and knows what is happening, as the mother, father, and brother are busy being addicts or cheating, and the public thinks they are perfect.
anonymous May 4th report
This song is about childhood trauma. How he families who seem so perfect have problems behind closed doors. When others come to see the family they have to put on masks and hide what is truly happening. This song shows how bad a family like his can weigh on the people involved.
anonymous Sep 1st 2021 report
I think that the song is a horror story she made-up once. Maybe, as a teenager, she watched Child's Play, yet loved to play with dolls, she turned her thought on a horror story into this song. "Hey, girl, open your walls, play with your dolls, we'll be a perfect family.. :)" represents her desire for playing with dolls bringing her to play with those, but her fear tries to keep her away. And, so does; "Places, places, get in your places! Put on your dress, and put on your doll-faces" in a way.
anonymous Jun 16th 2021 report
This song is about how Crybaby's family appears to be "perfect", but only when everyone's watching. That's why we can assume the phrase "Everybody thinks that we're perfect." But really, Crybaby's brother smokes cannabis ("And his son is smoking cannabis"), her dad cheated on her mom ("Mom, please wake up, dad's with a slut"), and her mom drinks lots of drugs. That's what it means when it says "Please don't let them look through the curtain." The phrase "I see things that nobody else sees" suggests that Crybaby is the only person in the family that notices all the family's imperfections.
anonymous Jan 6th 2021 report
This is how familys can be perfect looking and perfect or perfect looking but terrible. The lyric "When you walk away it's when we really play" is how the little girl doesn't see what happens in the world because she is to young. In K-12 Crybaby says "I wished my mom wasn't passed out right now, so she could at least drive me to the bus stop" is how much the mom drinks alcohol. On the lyric "Mom, please wake up. Dad's with a sl*t and your son is smoking cannabis" is how much Crybaby's older brother smokes and how Crybaby's dad cheats on Crybaby's mom with other woman.
In the song, the family is putting on a "mask" and acting perfect. The reality is far from that. Crybaby's mom is an alcoholic, Crybaby's dad cheats on her mom, and her brother smokes cannabis (which is just marijuana).
So, to sum everything up, the song is basically about how things aren't always what they seem.
anonymous Dec 2nd 2020 report
It's how people think her family's perfect, but in reality, they're putting on a "mask."
In the song, Crybaby's family seems so perfect, but the mom is an alcoholic, the dad is cheating on the mom, and her brother is on drugs.
It's a touching song about how things aren't always what they seem.
anonymous Dec 1st 2020 report
Crybaby has found a way to show her fans that no family is perfect. and each family member has a dark secret. The mom is an alcoholic dad is having an affair and the brother is smoking cannabis. I know what she means your mom or dad could hit you then once the guest comes he or she acts as if nothing happened crybaby is the only one who sees the family at its worst.
anonymous Nov 17th 2020 report
I can say this song is about mel's family everyone can describe them as the perfect family. but they have a dark side the dad cheats on the mom with another lady the mom is always drunk mel tries to tell her but she won't listen the brother we can describe as a bully who usually smokes and mel she is just innocent she just want's her family to go back into a normal way but it never works so that is what the song is about.
anonymous Nov 10th 2020 report
This is bascilly telling everyone bout her life this also happens to many people in gernal they say u dont know what happens behid a closed door. Well this is just in this case not everyone life is perfect everyone can lie and pretend
anonymous Nov 10th 2020 report
This song is about how everyone thinks that her family is perfect but inreality, it's falling apart. And she puts a strong front up so that no one can see what is actually happening.
This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
anonymous Sep 10th 2020 report
I think it's about how parents are around guests. In some families, your parents can be really angry one moment and have just hit/spanked/yelled/insulted you, then open the door and see a friend or something like that, and then everyone pretends to be angelic once more.
anonymous Jun 30th 2020 report
This song is about Crybaby’s abusive family, and how whenever someone sees them they have to “put on their doll faces” and pretend they’re perfect and nothings wrong. But nobody sees what goes down in the kitchen.
People think of (mostly) celebrities as having perfect families, but nobody knows what goes on inside their home.
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