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Billie Eilish: Hostage Meaning


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Song Released: 2018

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I wanna be alone
Alone with you, does that make sense?
I wanna steal your soul
And hide you in my treasure chest

I don't know what to do
To do with your kiss on my neck
I don't know what feels true
But this feels right so stay a...


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    Jul 23rd, 7:39am report

    I think it means that she doesn’t know who she loves. So, she thinks he feels right but yet doesn’t know yet. She wants to hold him hostage or in other words keep him from finding someone until she knows he is the one. She thinks that she loves him but is not certain. So much has happened to her and he’s the one she can turn to in that moment. Idk I could be completely wrong about this but that’s what it means for me anyway. I can relate to it a lot. I can relate to a lot of her songs so much that I feel like some of them are an exact interpretation of my life and what’s going on in it at that exact moment.


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    Feb 19th, 2019 2:15am report

    addiction, to anything being the one addicted..or having an addiction and she left it open for anyone to relate it to whatever demons ans addictions they are being held hostage too.


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    Dec 12th, 2018 12:15am report

    i think it is something related to sleep demons or demon visitations (succubus and inccubus) during sleep paralysis episodes. when i first heard of this song i felt like she's really narating what sleep demons are and what they want. the line "just let me hold you like a hostage" got me like freak for a moment because that's how it feels when you're on sleep paralysis, you will feel very helpless. i really love biliie


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    Oct 10th, 2018 10:15pm report

    In my own interpretation...

    I think it has to deal with her being the abusive one, She wants to keep him but pushes him away constantly once he gets too close.

    In this line she says, "I'll build a wall give you a ball and chain. It's not like me to be so mean you're all I wanted, just let me hold you like a hostage"

    She loves him but sometimes she becomes overly aggressive with what she does, he loves her and chooses to stay through the anger and fighting, but it only hurts him at the end and makes him the hostage to her love.

    She goes on later to express everything about gold. Gold finger tips, gold leaf across your lips, gold chain, and gold shirt he let her wear home.

    Then she says "Gold's fake and real love hurts." She never had someone who actually loved her, she has a past of bad relationships so she treats this one like her last ones. Closed, Hurt, Depressed, and on Edge. Maybe she feels like she even has to "fight" him when things are going bad this could be the abusive side in her.


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    Oct 10th, 2018 10:27pm report

    I think this song is about Obsession and loneliness. Obsession being "Just let me hold--You.. like a hostage" Also "I wanna steal your soul and hide you in my treasure chest" meaning she will do anything in her power to keep him hers


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    Oct 10th, 2018 10:32pm report

    I think it's about taking someone's love for granted. She says "don't lock me up
    Don't you want to feel us." She loves someone but they abuse that love.


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    Oct 8th, 2018 10:39pm report

    i think the song is about loneliness and obsession with one person. example when she says “just let me crawl inside your veins. i’ll build a wall give you a ball and chains” it means she is attached to someone and loves that person but they don’t feel the same way or that she loves that person so much that it hurts.


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    Aug 13th, 2018 8:57am report

    I think this is about loving someone so much that it hurts

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