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.

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.

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