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A Relatable Billie Eilish Playlist

6 songs by Billie Eilish, why she wrote them and why they’re relatable
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Billie Eilish is a popular singer-songwriter, from Los Angeles, California. Her music has been a staple across not only the United States but many other countries as well. 

Billie’s music has a broad range of moods that it covers. Happier Than Ever, one of her albums has a song to cover every mood that someone could possibly feel. Her music alone can create an amazing playlist for your mood, so here are six relatable Billie Eilish songs.

“What Was I Made For?”

In the song, “What Was I Made For,” Billie Eilish sings to relate to the feeling of wondering what the purpose of life is and not knowing why you’re here. Billie states that she doesn’t know how to feel and that she thinks she forgot how to be happy.

69% of high schoolers feel this way. They feel hopeless and like they forgot how to be happy. Billie Eilish’s song “What Was I Made For” relates to hopelessness and wonder, wonder of what has happened to her mental state.

Most Relatable Lyrics:

“I don’t know how to feel, but I wanna try/ When did it end? All the enjoyment, I’m sad again, don’t tell my boyfriend.”

“Listen Before I Go”

“Listen Before I Go” is a song that Billie Eilish wrote to express her depression and what may have happened if she ended her life. An interview with Zane Lowe revealed that the song was inspired by a suicide note asking her lover and friends that if they want to see her, they better hurry because she didn’t plan on being around much longer. 

Many people just want someone to listen to them about how they are feeling before they take it to the extreme. Society expresses that people should share their emotions then make people too uncomfortable to do that. 

Most Relatable Lyrics:

“If you need me, wanna see me, better hurry, cause I’m leaving soon/ Call my friends and tell them that I love them, and that I’ll miss them, but I’m not sorry.”

“TV”

“TV” was written to express Billie’s pulling away from friendships for a romantic relationship. She also stated that TV was a “placeholder of doom”. The relationship in the song was doomed from the start and she realized that but she kept trying to save it and in the process there was a lot of losing friends and losing sleep. 

All relationships have their ups and downs, arguments, and tough times, but Billie wrote about a relationship that she knew was going to fail. She knew this and she still kept going, trying to fix things. Some things in relationships can be fixed but there are others that cannot be. She tried to change the unchangeable and it resulted in depression and mental stress.

Billie’s song TV also expresses some controversial topics including the overturning of Roe v Wade and the Depp vs Heard trial. The lyrics stated, “the Internet’s gone wild watching movie stars on trial while they’re overturning Roe v Wade.” Billie dives into controversy in this song to show that many relationships don’t work, showing that there are legality issues in many of them.

Most Relatable Lyrics:

“I’ll try not to starve myself just because you’re mad at me/ and I’ll be in denial for at least a little while, what about the plans we made?”

“idontwannabeyouanymore”

The song “idontwannabeyouanymore” reflects on society’s view on women and how society scrutinizes women for their emotions, what they wear, and their actions. In the song Billie believes that no one will love her and she doesn’t want to be herself anymore. She wants to be someone else, or no one at all.

Many high schoolers and other people around the world struggle with self image and believing in themselves. Due to society’s norms and views people around the world struggle to believe in themselves. They relate even to the title of the song, idontwannabeyouanymore, because they truly don’t want to be themselves anymore due to the way they are judged by society.

Most Relatable Lyrics:

“Tell the mirror what you know she’s heard before, I don’t wanna be you, anymore/ If teardrops could be bottled, there’d be swimming pools filled by models, told “a tight dress is what makes you a whore”

“I Love You”

The song “I Love You” talks about a relationship that is more than a friendship but less than an actual romantic relationship. Billie tries to convince the person that she isn’t worthy of their love and that they shouldn’t love her. She also believes that she shouldn’t love the person but eventually she owns up to her feelings and admits to herself that she does in fact love that person. 

Many people aren’t blind to their feelings but choose to bury them deep inside, not paying attention to them, until something big happens or they simply can’t ignore them any longer. 

Most Relatable Lyrics:

“What the hell did I do? I’ve never been the type to let someone see right through/ Maybe won’t you take it back, say you were trying to make me laugh, nothing has to change today, you didn’t mean to say I love you.”

“Six Feet Under”

The song “Six Feet Under” is written from a place in Billie’s head where she couldn’t get over an ex even though she knew that the ex wasn’t good for her. It comes from a place describing something that is dead and gone; buried six feet underneath the ground. She misses the touch of her ex and conveys it in the lyric, “retrace my lips, erase your touch, it’s all too much for me.” The song implies that Billie lost herself in a relationship and has yet to fully recover from it even though the relationship is over.

Relationships in the eyes of music are amazing yet terrible. Writers write about how they still love someone but they hate them at the same time; they miss someone yet they’re not willing to admit to those feelings. A song about someone’s lover could be anywhere from how much they love them and want to marry them to how much they hate them and they want to destroy their lives. Music’s diversity is what makes it special, especially in Eilish’s case. Eilish knows how to lyrically convey her emotions in a way that many people can understand and relate to, which in turn, makes her music more popular.

Most Relatable Lyrics:

“Our love is six feet under, I can’t help but wonder if our grave was watered by the rain. Would roses bloom?”

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DeLaney Hagens is a sophomore at MHS, and it is her first year working for The Auroran Today. She loves music, singing, drawing, and reading/writing.
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