Billie Eilish: Lovely Meaning
Song Released: 2018
Thought I found a way
Thought I found a way out (found)
But you never go away (never go away)
So I guess I gotta stay now
[Pre-Chorus: Billie Eilish & Khalid]
Oh, I hope some day I'll make it out of...
anonymous Mar 6th, 3:05pm report
I think that Lovely describes feeling mentally, emotionally, or physically trapped, as like the lyrics say.
Reading the above interpretations, I noticed many mentioned mental disorders, so I think it could be that, as in the music video, there are perception illusions and effects like clouds and raindrops around the box.
It could also mean being physically trapped. An idea was like a slave of an abusive family, through "thought I found a way out" and "but you never go away," like the family keeps trying to sabotage the person's efforts.
But going back to the first one, "you never go away" could refer to a mental or emotional disorder that hampers their life or career, like an injury.
Overall, I feel like Lovely is about being trapped by something or someone, mental or physical, that is hampering the person's efforts at life, success, career, or freedom. Please rate to tell me what you think!
anonymous May 27th, 2018 5:14pm report
"This is referring to the music video only. I interpret this music video as a symbol for mental illness. Every-time you think you're close to the end, or that there's room above you to get better, the box becomes more and more enclosed and you end up right back where you started. Its like an endless battle and trap that you can never get out of. The box in the music video represents being iced out ... the lyrics express that beautifully as well... gave me chills"- anonymous
I completely agree with you, and it reminds me of the story of the scientist.
There was a scientist who was giving a speech about the earth and a lady in the crowd decided to contradict him.
The following anecdote is told of William James. [...] After a lecture on cosmology and the structure of the solar system, James was accosted by a little old lady.
"Your theory that the sun is the centre of the solar system, and the earth is a ball which rotates around it has a very convincing ring to it, Mr. James, but it's wrong. I've got a better theory," said the little old lady.
"And what is that, madam?" inquired James politely.
"That we live on a crust of earth which is on the back of a giant turtle."
"If your theory is correct, madam," he asked, "what does this turtle stand on?"
"You're a very clever man, Mr. James, and that's a very good question," replied the little old lady, "but I have an answer to it. And it's this: The first turtle stands on the back of a second, far larger, turtle, who stands directly under him."
"But what does this second turtle stand on?" persisted James patiently.
To this, the little old lady crowed triumphantly,
"It's no use, Mr. James — it's turtles all the way down."
There is no way to find the end of our mental illness, it never ends. We can only take the precautions to help ourselves for now.
anonymous Jul 19th, 2018 7:37pm report
I think this song is about someone who is stuck in a place/feeling/experience he doesnt want to be in. he doesnt tell anybody anything; he tells to himself he will get through it.
but in the chorus "heart made of glass"- he knows he'll break easily. "mind of stone" he can get the idea in his mind but he'll still break in the heart.
in general- this horrible feeling when you think you're all alone dealing with something, that ur the only one there for you- and there's no one else out there who will understand.
I feel like thats why they put it in 13RW. cause it represents Hannah's feelings so much.
if anyone feels like that too- please dont keep it all inside.
tell someone. choose to tell someone. because I promise you're not alone in this world, even if sometimes you feel like that... thats not true because people love you and care about you.
This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
anonymous Mar 31st, 3:17pm report
This is pretty much thevdefinition of between a rock and a hard place. Someone is going through pain and anxiety but ia scared to let out their feelings. They continue a blind search for support. More emotionally pained than physically.
anonymous Mar 29th, 3:21am report
Heart and mind can’t meet on any point. You can’t get both to agree on same. And when you do, your heart breaks and only that is left is your hard mind made of stone. Every time you keep on trying, heart breaks more until all that is left is your mind. It’s lovely. All hearts are going to break one day.
DEMONOFDARKNESS Feb 25th, 2:42pm report
Although I'm not Billie, so I can't properly interpret this, I think Billie Eilish's song from 13 Reasons Why, "Lovely" is about being trapped, and trying to get out, but also a little bit about all the hurt caused by her being trapped. Oh, and also about being scared to leave a accustomed space. For example, I'm listening to this now, and some stuff that stood out to me was:
"oh, I hope someday I'll make it out of here..."
"...I can't fight my fear"
"...looking for a better place"
In those parts, she talks about fear, and escaping. But again, this is just my interpretation of a song that definitely can be thought of as many different things.
anonymous Feb 24th, 2:51pm report
I think music always speaks to people on a personal level depicting what they are going through in their mind. To me it spoke of an abusive relationship. "Thought I found a way out but you never go away so I guess I gotta stay now." Leaving the relationship but then slipping back into it over and over because the person resonates in their thoughts. And just hoping that one day either the person changes or they finally get the strength to leave.
anonymous Jan 17th, 1:12pm report
It's singing about having depression and being in a situation where you can't get out of.
It also could be about self harm cause it says "Tear me to pecies, skin to bone"
This sing also fits Billie Eilish's style cause she's depressed.
anonymous Jan 15th, 1:59am report
I think this song could also be a very good fit for domestic abuse as well, and the struggle to get out of it, both with struggling to get away in the physical sense of running away and the mental frustration associated with hoping things will chang e and be better. This is just a short interpretation but look through this lens, when you do you can see how I got here.
anonymous Dec 30th, 2019 12:16pm report
This song is about depression. In the first verse, it speaks of how you think you're finally rid of your depression, but then it comes back. In the prechorus, hey start to sing about how they hope that someday they will be rid of their depression, no matter how long it takes. They try to hide from their depression and ignore it, but they just can't. In the chorus, Billie sing "Isn't it lovely all alone?" which implies that they are familiar with the feeling of depression and being alone. Then when she sings "Heart made of glass, my mind of stone." it is referring to how their minds are strong but their hearts are fragile. In Khalid's verse, he talks about how they try to hide from their emotions. This is such a deep and relatable song when you really dissect it.
anonymous Dec 4th, 2019 12:05am report
i think the song is about depression and self harm for the fact that they say "tear me to pieces, skin and bone" it could mean cutting, and they say they want to feel alive, in my depression fits i feel dead inside and i dont care anymore...
anonymous Aug 6th, 2019 8:40am report
I think its all said in the interpretations. But to my concern, I think it's about being in a situation that you can get out of but no matter how much you try it won't go away. When they say welcome home I think they mean that the situation is welcoming you back.
anonymous May 8th, 2019 5:24pm report
I think the chains around Billie and Khalid represent depression. That's why Billie has more than Khalid.
anonymous Mar 29th, 2019 3:42pm report
I love this song so much because I think it just generally represents a tough situation. There are so many feeling that I can relate with in this song that I can’t even tell what it’s about. Even just reading other peoples interpretations I can see it all being related. All I know is it makes feel lke I’m not alone.
anonymous Mar 18th, 2019 3:52am report
I feel like this song represents a person Still stuck in their past on the person They truly loved. It’s like you move To a different state to forget about that person but you still have family where you met the person you loved. So when it says “hello welcome home”, it means when you go visit that place where you and the love of your life met, brings you back to remember how beautiful your past was with that person and how years have passed and now you are here without that person. This song brings that slightly aching pain in your chest. And then you feel nostalgic as the violin plays on.
anonymous Feb 23rd, 2019 2:10pm report
Well for me I think that this song represents depression in all sorts of ways , like teenage depression when they feel they have to one although their lives aren’t so miserable, or an abusive relationship (either parent or boyfriend) where they’re only seeing the bad side of the parent/boyfriend and they can’t tell anyone cause they’re either too young or they just feel like no one will understand, or even a mental illness cause by the fright of dying from a physical illness ( e.g cancer) and again they can’t tell anyone cause the people around them are just to scared to admit the possibility of them dying. And a bunch of other situations that still lead to “isn’t lovely , all alone” feeling where one thinks they’re better off by themselves and when they feel that whoever is around them understands but then figure out they can’t help them “thought I found a way out” is the verse that expresses that . And finally when they realize there’s no point of being alone or talking to someone they think “heart made of glass , my mind of stone” it’s where they know there thoughts/head might hurt them and they know they’ll be to easy to fall apart/break down (glass)
I know I’ve mentioned some verses before the others but everyone’s been going on about this song and how the person singing it is feeling while for me I just think it’s about feeling alone or depressed whatever the cause or age or situation is . This song just represents the feelings of every single one in the world regardless of the nationality or the social life . This proves that for the people who call depressed people “spoiled “ or “ungrateful” or seeking attention that there’s no such thing and that u could be next.
Really well done billy eliesh
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