Melanie Martinez’s “Dollhouse” Lyrics Meaning

In “Dollhouse”, Melanie addresses a girl who uses a dollhouse as a means of escape from her reality of a messy family life. The family pretends that everything is fine, however when no one is around there is a lot of chaos, confusion and a wrecked relationship.

You can view the lyrics, alternate interprations and sheet music for Melanie Martinez's Dollhouse at

The song showcases the truth that the family is far from the flawless look portrayed in public, as she makes mention of an alcoholic mother, cheating father and a drug-addicted brother. Several attempts by the main character to mend their broken relationship and fix back her family fail since no one really listens to her. In the end, the narrator reaffirms her desire to overlook her messed up reality and continue with the façade.

Melanie Martinez talks about “Dollhouse”

Melanie has mentioned that “Dollhouse” covers the idea of everyone having a problem that won’t be easily seen by people who are not close to them. She adds that though everything has a perfect-looking front, most people are going through a messy reality that no one else sees.

Lyrics of "Dollhouse"


In all, the lyrics of this song speak about a family that looks perfect from the outside, but is actually a disaster on the inside. Melanie carefully illustrates the concept of how the grass always looks greener on the other side until you find out it’s not as good as it looks on the outside.

First Single of Melanie’s singing Career

This is Melanie Martinez’s debut single and also the title song from her first EP.

It was released on 19 May 2014, by Atlantic Records in partnership with Warner Chappell Music. It was the lead single and title track from her “Dollhouse” EP.

The song was later featured on her first full-length album, “Cry Baby”.

“Dollhouse” has a connection to “Sippy Cup”

This track serves as the prequel to another song featured on “Cry Baby”, which is entitled “Sippy Cup”.

Platinum Certification

“Dollhouse” has been certified Platinum in multiple countries, including the United States.

Production and Writing Credits of “Dollhouse”

The song was produced by a music producer named One Love. He also served as one of the co-writers along with Melanie Martinez and his partner, Kinetics.

20 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    Dollhouse was the first song by Melanie Martinez I ever listened to and I sltill love it.

  2. Blue says:

    I can relate to this song too much

  3. Emily says:

    i love this song and i can feel her pain bc of things

  4. Tatyana says:

    I can feel her pain cuz I got the exact same other family! I always have to happy and fine for the pic so they won’t think of anything… Until one of my step mom’s sister saw what chao the family is in and seeing me all bruised that’s when the family fell apart..but now I’m w my real mom.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Honestly this is the sad reality. The fact that every puts a label on you without even talking to you shows a lot.

  6. Mystery girl says:

    I relate to this song alot , my mom might not be An alcoholic, my dad might not be a cheater,
    But my family to every one else seems perfect but on the inside its not what it seems.
    There’s a lot of fighting , arguing , and it’s full of chaos

  7. Anonymous says:

    It’s sad how many people relate to this song. Including myself. I love this song so much. All of her songs have deep meanings behind them and I like how she is able to say what she needs to say through a song.

  8. MiraculousLadybug&EncantoNerd says:

    This reminds me too much (like an absolutely EERIE amount, sending shivers down my back) of Miraculous Ladybug and Encanto. (The Agrestes and Madrigals, respectfully.) Bruno sees things that nobody else sees, and “what goes down in the kitchen” could be Julieta and Abuela Alma fighting. With the Agrestes, the Kwamis see all that goes on, and Gabriel and Emilie fight in the kitchen.

  9. Anonymous says:

    The “pose with your brother won’t you be a good sister” lyrics really make me think abut the inside pressure of trying to fix the family, that pressure that many can relate to. Pretending everything’s okay and trying to fix it all.

  10. Anonymous says:

    I can relate sometimes I have family issues…

  11. crybaby says:

    i listened to class fight first

  12. V0m1t_d0ll says:

    Good song

  13. Anonymous says:

    This song… I got it stuck in my head all day it us such a beautiful song that has a meaning that is true about most families 😥 love this song soooooo much. ❤

  14. Swiftie says:

    Dollhouse and VOID are my faves by her

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