Dollhouse

by Melanie Martinez

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Lyrics for Dollhouse by Melanie Martinez:

Verse 1
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"

Pre-Chorus
No one ever listens
This wallpaper glistens
Don't let them see what goes down in the kitchen

Chorus
Places, places
Get in your places
Throw on your dress and put on your doll faces
Everyone thinks that we're perfect
Please don't let them look through the curtains
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

Post-Chorus
D-O-L-L-H-O-U-S-E
I see things that nobody else sees
D-O-L-L-H-O-U-S-E, I see things that nobody else sees

Verse 2
Hey girl, look at my mom
She's got it going on
Ha, you're blinded by her jewelry
When you turn your back
She pulls out a flask
And forgets his infidelity
Uh oh, she's coming to the attic, plastic
Go back to being plastic

Pre-Chorus
No one ever listens
This wallpaper glistens
One day they'll see what goes down in the kitchen

Chorus
Places, places
Get in your places
Throw on your dress and put on your doll faces
Everyone thinks that we're perfect
Please don't let them look through the curtains
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

Post-Chorus
D-O-L-L-H-O-U-S-E
I see things that nobody else sees
D-O-L-L-H-O-U-S-E, I see things that nobody else sees

Breakdown
Hey girl (Hey girl)
Hey girl, open your walls
Play with your dolls
We'll be a perfect family

Chorus
Places, places
Get in your places
Throw on your dress and put on your doll faces
Everyone thinks that we're perfect
Please don't let them look through the curtains
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

Post-Chorus
D-O-L-L-H-O-U-S-E
I see things that nobody else sees
D-O-L-L-H-O-U-S-E, I see things that nobody else sees

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Song Facts

“Dollhouse” is about a family that appears to be perfect on the outside looking in, yet it’s far from it. It was later revealed that it serves as a prequel to “Sippy Cup,” in which we find out what goes down in the kitchen.

In “Dollhouse,” her mother is an alcoholic due to her husband’s infidelity, and the son is engulfed in the life of drugs. The daughter is the only one that sees the tragedy surrounding her.

However, “Dollhouse” has a different meaning to Melanie:

Personally, it’s about how everyone has their problem and you’re never gonna truly see them. There’s always gonna be a front to everything. You think that things are perfect, but everyone has shit that they go through.

This family is visualized as the dolls living inside of a playhouse that belongs to a little girl. Since the daughter knows the truth about her dysfunctional family, she narrates the song in an attempt to get the girl to understand her reality.

The story and illustration for this song appear on the fifth page of the Cry Baby storybook, reading:

And in her picture-perfect home
Momma’s drunk while daddy moans
Her brother always comes home stoned
She watches in her room alone

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