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Mad Hatter Lyrics

My friends don't walk they run.
Skinny dip in rabbit holes for fun.
Poppin', poppin' balloons with guns.
Gettin' high off helium.
We paint white roses red.
Each shade from a different person's head.
This dream, dream is a killer,...


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    Feb 9th, 2017 2:46pm report

    Crybaby is finally excepting who she is. She doesn't care if people don't accept her she will just remember she is crazy, insane, and emotional. She was always afraid to tell people things but now she can step out of her comfort zone.


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    Mar 30th, 2018 3:45pm report

    I have a mental illness as well, so I understand the feeling of being a crazy person, and being very different from society. The normal people scare her because they cannot relate and they are trying to make her be someone else. There are many Alice in Wonderland references, that make sense as everyone there is crazy and makes her feel better. I do have depression/anxiety so this song is my favorite and is personally relatable. Thx 4 reading


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    Mar 18th, 2017 3:25pm report

    It's about Crybaby finally finding her clique,people who are just like her. She came from a broken home surrounded by madness so she kinda accepted her own craziness and embraced her crazy side.
    She finds normal people scary and that's a metafore for non-conformism and not fitting in with what's considered normal. Melanie herself actually is kinda "on the crazy side" so she decided to put it into lyrics...and nailed it :)


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    Mar 19th, 3:01pm report

    This song about a person who is mentally ill with references to Alice in Wonderland.


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    Feb 26th, 2:53am report

    I think this song is about being proud and taking ownership of having a mental illness. Telling yourself it's okay to be insane. The song even references mental illness. In the song's lyrics it goes "I'm peeling the skin off my face" which I know picking at and peeling large portions of skin off one's body is part of a certain mental illness called Excoriation Disorder, a form of OCD. I, as a person who suffers from anxiety, depression, and what I think to be OCD (not the Excoriation kind) can relate to this song. It's hard to think about mental illness as a good thing when it separates you from others, but it really helps to listen to this song telling me it's okay to be different, even if others think I'm crazy.
    Also this song references Alice In Wonderland with the "blue Caterpillar", "skinny dip in rabbit holes", "we paint white roses red", and "you could be Alice and I could be the Mad Hatter," lines. Even the part where Melanie sings, "So what if I'm crazy, all the best people are," is a part of Alice In Wonderland that may not be as well remembered, where the Mad Hatter apologizes in a way for being crazy and Alice tells him that that's alright, saying "all the best people are". In the world of Alice In Wonderland everything and everyone is crazy, and Alice herself is just hallucinating the whole thing. A few characters can actually be linked to certain disorders, such as the Mad Hatter, while not stated, clearly suffers from Bipolar Disorder.
    Sadly, since Melanie Martinez is part of the mainstream, many people will listen to the song and pretend to be crazy or insane when they're really not. Please don't do this, you don't know how crushing it is to witness people singing along to music with lyrics like this, being like "yeah, I'm crazy" when there's nothing wrong with their brains but there is with mine. It's like a kick in a face to me. This is a great song to make people with mental illness feel understood but it's not fun when someone pretend to be crazy when they're not. You don't know what goes on in my head, the struggles that go on every single day. You really don't want to be like this. Don't pretend to be.
    All in all, this song is about Cry Baby accepting her craziness. This song is really inspirational for people suffering mental illness but can inspire anyone to be themselves.


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    Feb 23rd, 2:18am report

    Crybaby is accepting that she's crazy, and is no longer afraid to tell anyone this. There are a lot of Alice in Wonderland references (rabbit holes, blue caterpillar, we paint white roses red,) which fits because everyone is crazy there. Crybaby has found her place, and has embraced her insane side.


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    Jan 27th, 1:24am report

    Crybaby/Melanie is accepting he insanity and is not afraid to tell people she’s crazy ,she’s saying she’s not sane and the others may think she’s weird for that. Like”The friends don’t walk they run” they were fake friends to her and never cared about her. Or like”So what if I’m crazy, All the best people are” it’s referring to people not sane and how they don’t care about what others say, She values those people for not giving a f*** in the world about that. And others shouldn’t care either.


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    Jan 23rd, 1:58pm report

    I think maybe Melanie really liked Alice In Wonderland growing up, and also wanted to create a song about being crazy and it’s okay, so maybe she put a movie she loved with being crazy but needing to accept it into the song Mad Hatter.

    Thats why there are some Alice In Wonderland “references” like “Skinny Dip In Rabbit Holes For Fun” since Alice fell into the rabbit hole


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    Jan 8th, 1:48pm report

    I get it I am like her I understand her completely she is a nice person dough and insan LIKE ME!!! She is me almost she is crazy LIKE ME AND INSANE LIKE ME I POUR THE MOTHER FROCKER DOWN THE DRANE LIKE HER

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    Dec 14th, 12:19am report

    I feel like this song is part 2 of Crybaby. How Crybaby was suffering in the past and now she's finally being herself and doesn't mind being crazy anymore.

    And the phrase "So what if I'm crazy, the best people are" me and that she's good for being crazy. And she just doesn't care what other people think about her. She kinda uses the Mad Hatter as a reference to her craziness. The Mad Hatter in "Alice in Wonderland" is crazy and mad.

    It also says how Crybaby's world is like wonderland. How everybody is like Alice for thinking she's crazy. But she doesn't care and continues to be crazy.


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    Nov 26th, 11:37pm report

    This song might be about Crybaby suffering from all the stuff in the past so now she's crazy and is saying it's ok to be crazy now??? I got this from another comment too. So vote if you agree with us.


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    Sep 4th, 2019 9:35am report

    I don't know why but interprate the lyrics as it is. "doctor, doctor, please listen. My brain is scattered, you can be Alice i'll be the Mad Hatter".

    As a mental disorders, I really amaze her. If true, (her disorders as the coment above), she is so grateful and wonderful. Making her anxiety and hallucination as a creativity. And she do it all, the lyrics, songs, videographs, idea, fashion, backdrop, etc.

    That's why all the best people are "crazy", for doing all them herself. Craziest artist.


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    Aug 21st, 2019 8:50am report

    I think that the meaning is that people should accept who they are. The lyric so what if I'm crazy the best people are means that people who are not all there can be kind, nice and good to hang around with sometimes they can be better to hang around with then people who are all there it do matter because we are all human


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    Dec 20th, 2018 12:04am report

    Here we come to the end of Crybaby's journey. Mad Hatter. She belongs in a wonderland world full of things of her insane imagination. Crybaby is afraid of normal people without mental illneses, and feels comfortable with ones who do. She always knew that she was secretly insane inside from all of the things that happened in her life. The line, 'I'm peeling the skin off my face, cause I really hate being safe,' which is truly terrifying. As for peeling the skin off your face. She adds that she doesn't like to be safe from others. She also has finally found freinds, (big, fuzzy animals as seen in the video) since she's always referring to as 'we.' Overall, Crybaby's identity was always truly, mentally, insane.


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    Dec 19th, 2018 12:39pm report

    Well, after ALL of the sad/traumatic events that happened throughout Crybaby's life, she drives herself insane. She finally has found comfort in her own little wonderland world. She's free from all of the people that caused her pain and anger.
    She expresses herself as insane. She's with all the other 'crazies' that make her feel normal.
    While the normal people make her feel scared, so she should be secluded from normal people without mental illnesses.
    She makes a lot of Alice in Wonderland references, which adds to the whole mental theme. In all, Crybaby has found a place where she can be psycho self.


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    May 20th, 2018 5:02am report

    She finds people just as crazy and wierd as her and don't treat her differently like normal people do.She finds true FRIENDS!!!


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    May 9th, 2018 5:55pm report

    I just think it's about crybaby wanting to be not alone while her teddy bear friends like her the way she is crazy fun and phyco so she is mad as hatter and loves it


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    Jan 25th, 2018 1:31am report

    I think it means that crybaby is struggling to find a way to cope with her past and present emotions. According to the song it states that she is "getting high off helium" which means she is struggling too cope with the pain, so she turned to getting high. I like this song very much my favorite line is "so what if I'm crazy the best people are." Overall this song relates to me a lot

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