Song of the Day #3,931: ‘bury a friend’ – Billie Eilish

My older daughter Sophia credits me with exposing her to many of the musicians and songs she loves. But the feeling is mutual. I have encountered plenty of great music through her suggestions, or by hearing the songs drifting out of her bedroom or soundtracking her Instagram stories.

A great example is Billie Eilish, whom Sophia first started listening to a couple of years ago before the release of the Don’t Smile at Me EP. She particularly loved the song ‘Bellyache,’ which I was convinced I had already included on the blog, but apparently not. I’ll do that soon.

Two years later, Eilish is on the verge of major stardom. She just released her debut full-length album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, and has been making the rounds on the talk show circuit. The album debuted at #1 on the UK charts, making Eilish the youngest female artist to ever top that chart, and will surely make a big splash on the U.S. chart as well.

Eilish is a (barely) 17-year-old singer-songwriter from Los Angeles who writes all of her songs with her older brother, often recording in their home. Her DIY-aesthetic and baggy clothes make her a refreshing alternative to the pre-packaged perfection of most young pop stars.

Her songs swing between sleepy ballads and low-tempo electropop. Her lyrics lean toward the macabre. She’s a big horror movie fan, evidenced by the imagery in her videos (see below). Musically, her closest kin is probably Lorde, but she is definitely an original.

All that said, I’m a bit disappointed in her new album, at least after one listen. The ballads, especially, have failed to hook me, and I was more impressed by the songwriting on her EP.

I won’t hold that against her, though. She is 17, after all. She is definitely a talent to watch, and I think she has some time to get it right.

[Intro: Crooks]
Billie

[Chorus: Billie Eilish]
What do you want from me? Why don’t you run from me?
What are you wondering? What do you know?
Why aren’t you scared of me? Why do you care for me?
When we all fall asleep, where do we go?

[Verse 1: Billie Eilish & Crooks]
Come here
Say it, spit it out, what is it exactly
You’re payin’? Is the amount cleanin’ you out? Am I satisfactory?
Today, I’m thinkin’ about the things that are deadly
The way I’m drinkin’ you down
Like I wanna drown, like I wanna end me

[Refrain: Billie Eilish]
Step on the glass, staple your tongue (Ahh)
Bury a friend, try to wake up (Ah-ahh)
Cannibal class, killing the son (Ahh)
Bury a friend, I wanna end me

[Pre-Chorus: Billie Eilish]
I wanna end me
I wanna, I wanna, I wanna… end me
I wanna, I wanna, I wanna…

[Chorus: Billie Eilish]
What do you want from me? Why don’t you run from me?
What are you wondering? What do you know?
Why aren’t you scared of me? Why do you care for me?
When we all fall asleep, where do we go?

[Verse 2: Billie Eilish & Crooks]
Listen
Keep you in the dark, what had you expected?
Me to make you my art and make you a star
And get you connected?
I’ll meet you in the park, I’ll be calm and collected
But we knew right from the start that you’d fall apart
‘Cause I’m too expensive
It’s probably somethin’ that shouldn’t be said out loud
Honestly, I thought that I would be dead by now (Wow)
Calling security, keepin’ my head held down
Bury the hatchet or bury a friend right now

[Bridge: Billie Eilish & Crooks]
For the debt I owe, gotta sell my soul
‘Cause I can’t say no, no, I can’t say no
Then my limbs all froze and my eyes won’t close
And I can’t say no, I can’t say no
Careful

[Refrain: Billie Eilish]
Step on the glass, staple your tongue (Ahh)
Bury a friend, try to wake up (Ah-ahh)
Cannibal class, killing the son (Ahh)
Bury a friend, I wanna end me

[Pre-Chorus: Billie Eilish]
I wanna end me
I wanna, I wanna, I wanna… end me
I wanna, I wanna, I wanna…

[Chorus: Billie Eilish]
What do you want from me? Why don’t you run from me?
What are you wondering? What do you know?
Why aren’t you scared of me? Why do you care for me?
When we all fall asleep, where do we go?

5 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,931: ‘bury a friend’ – Billie Eilish

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I’ve never heard of Billie Eilish, but her accomplishments at 17 are impressive. The songwriting seems to have a maturity and sophistication that perhaps is attributable to her older brother.

    Thank you, Sophie for putting this on your dad’s radar.😊

  2. Madison says:

    I’m pretty impressed with Billie’s first album, though there are definitely songs you have to be in a particular mood to hear. Her voice is really beautiful and she’s quite the character, so I always stop to watch an interview or music video released by her. I really liked her appearance on Hot Ones recently which made me more of a fan than ever.

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