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Melanie Martinez: Dollhouse Meaning

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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."

No one...

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    anonymous
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    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.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 22nd, 1:30pm report


    I think that the song talks about how your family will act all spotless of problems and flaws around everyone else in life, while in the real world or the Dollhouse (Your own home), they act terrible. Cry Baby just wants a better family. As you look at the videos of the other songs in the Cry Baby album and listen to the music, you start to see that the way she acts is more because of her 'Picture perfect' family.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 18th, 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



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    anonymous
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    Jan 1st, 1:54pm report


    I think it means you act like a perfect family outside of the house And around people but when your not around people you are totally different



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    anonymous
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    Jan 1st, 1:54pm report


    I think it means you act like a perfect family outside of the house And around people but when your not around people you are totally different



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    anonymous
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    Dec 26th, 12:09am report


    I believe that this song is about a girl who tried to be perfect. The whole time her and her family put on a facade of being a beautiful, perfect family that doesn't have any problems, when in actuality, they have many. As for the part about opening her walls, I think that she's saying that you shouldn't hide who you are in order to be a perfect doll.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 18th, 12:17am report


    No one can be perfect, ebven in the song it says "everyone thinks tnhat were perfect, please dont let them look through the curtins" meaning dont let them see inside of the house, its really a good song if you take the time to listen to it and it has a diffrent meaning for everyone



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    anonymous
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    Nov 29th, 11:02pm report


    Each “perfect” family is just a mask that one wears. Reality wise, it’s a lie that was never true to begin with. Once someone is near is coming by, they put that mask on and act like a perfect innocent family.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 21st, 11:53pm report


    Basically, I think she is singing about how a ton of families come across "perfect" when they're really not. In secret, Mums and alcoholic, Dad's a slut and her brother's a drug addict. Sadly, this is how some families live. We may view them as a family that are perfect and get along really well when really there lives are just messed up. She feels like she is the closest to being a doll but realises her family are portraying a false image of their family which she feels uncomftable with. x



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    anonymous
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    Nov 20th, 11:02pm report


    It's about a "perfect" family which actually...isn't perfect at all.Mom is an alcoholic, dad is cheating on her, and cryaby's brother is smoking cannabis. I believe that with this song, Melanie is trying to show us that we may believe something is perfect but it actually isn't.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 19th, 11:30pm report


    So the song is basically about Melanie who live with her family and 'everyone Thinks that we're Perfect' and every one of them are in separate rooms so "no one ever listen"because no can hear Melanie and she try to contact the girl so she can Play with her. Its just my opinion don't judge

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    InterpretationBOT
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    Nov 12th, 11:25am report


    So basically, Melanie lives with a family who think they're perfect. But her mother is an alchoholic, her brother a drug addict, her father a cheater. Melanie is the most righteous of them, and sings that nothing is perfect.



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    anonymous
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    Oct 7th, 10:12pm report


    Dollhouse is about cry baby having a "perfect" family in front of people but when you look away there not all perfect.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 12th, 2017 8:27pm report


    Dollhouse is about a "perfect family." On the outside. But on the inside they're a mess. It's a two-faced family really. But, it's also about how people view celebrity's. We expect famous people to be perfect. But when they do something that shows people they are human, people don't like it. So it really has two meanings.



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    anonymous
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    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



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    Grey_Assassin
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    May 30th, 2017 5:03pm report


    The first meaning is Crybaby's family. Her Dad is cheating, her mom knows he's cheating so she turned to alchohol to get away from stress, and her brother is engulfed in the life of drugs, and Crybaby herself is very emotional on the outside and secretly a psychopath.But no one could tell because of their nice house and perfect curb appeal and clothing.

    The song is also about how people view celebrities. Famous people are expected to be perfect and awesome. But when they do something to show that they are human and not omnipotent, people don't like it.



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