Billie Eilish

American singer-songwriter (born 2001)

Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O'Connell (born 18 December 2001) is an American singer and songwriter.

I know it makes you nervous
But I promise you, it's worth it
To show 'em everything you kept inside
Don't hide, don't hide

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My brother came to me with "Ocean Eyes", which he had originally written for his band. … We put it on SoundCloud with a free download link next to it so my dance teacher could access it. We had no intentions for it, really. But basically overnight a ton of people started hearing it and sharing it.
 
I have never done drugs, I’ve never got high, I’ve never smoked anything in my life. I don’t give a fuck, I never have. It’s just not interesting to me. I have other shit to do.
 
Wake up and smell the coffee
Is your cup half full or empty?
  • My whole family is really musical. My brother and my mom both write songs and my dad has always played the piano and ukulele. When we were little, my dad would make us mix tapes with songs by artists like the Beatles and Avril Lavigne, so we learned a lot from those. Even though I never really thought of being a singer, I’ve always loved it. I’ve been in the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus since I was about 8, which has helped my technique so much. It’s showed me all of the different types of classic music there are and how beautiful they can be. When I was 11 or 12, I started writing songs because it’s a good way to express your feelings. My brother is a really good songwriter so we’d give each other notes and write stuff together.
  • Aside from singing, I'm also a dancer. I've been dancing since I was eight. Last year, one of my teachers asked if I would either write a song or have my brother write a song to choreograph a dance to. I was like, "yes, that's such a cool thing to do!" Then, my brother came to me with "Ocean Eyes", which he had originally written for his band. He told me he thought it would sound really good in my voice. He taught me the song and we sang it together along to his guitar and I loved it — it was stuck in my head for weeks. We kind of just decided that that was the song we were going to use for the dance. We put it on SoundCloud with a free download link next to it so my dance teacher could access it. We had no intentions for it, really. But basically overnight a ton of people started hearing it and sharing it. Hillydilly, a music discovery website, found it and posted it and it just got bigger and bigger. It was really surreal. Then, Danny Ruckasin, who is now my manager, reached out to my brother and was like, "dude, this is going to get huge and I think you’re going to need help along the way. I want to help you guys." We were like, "that’s swag!"
    • "How Billie Eilish's "Ocean Eyes" Turned Her Into an Overnight Sensation" by Ariana Marsh, Teen Vogue (24 February 2017)
  • I really wanted to be a model when I was little. I loved photography and I loved being on camera. But I was short and chubby so I couldn’t. Anyway, being an artist is way more interesting than just being a model because it’s about you and what you want to be. You’re not being treated like a clothes hanger.
  • Yeah, I'm definitely successful. … I was thinking about that earlier today, because of this interview, I was like — back then I thought, it's was like the biggest it was ever going to be, and I thought, it was the most I was ever going to be recognized and it was the most anyone was going to know me... and it was the most money I was going to have, the most clothes I'd have, the most shoes I'd have — and what's crazy is: it wasn't. … "Success" is not how well people know you, it's how you're like "looked at". I genuinely did not think people would care. It's like I can't even stress it enough: I can't believe people care so much — about me. It's crazy to me.
    • "Billie Eilish: Same Interview, The Third Year", Vanity Fair (25 November 2019)
  • I am vegan. I've been vegan for, damn, seven years. I learned about the dairy industry and the meat industry, which I already knew about. But, you know, once you know that kind of thing and you see it, it's really hard to go back. And now, even though I have lots of friends that eat dairy and meat and I don't ever want to tell anybody what to do, I just can't go on in my life knowing what's going on in the animal world and like, not doing anything about it.
  • As a woman, I think porn is a disgrace. I used to watch a lot of porn, to be honest. I started watching porn when I was like 11 … I think it really destroyed my brain and I feel incredibly devastated that I was exposed to so much porn. … I’m so angry that porn is so loved, and I’m so angry at myself for thinking that it was okay.

Singles (2017 - present)

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Think I forgot how to be happy
Something I'm not, but something I can be
Something I wait for
Something I'm made for.
  • You'll never know until you try it
    You don't have to keep it quiet

    And I know it makes you nervous
    But I promise you, it's worth it
    To show 'em everything you kept inside
    Don't hide, don't hide
    Too shy to say, but I hope you stay
    Don't hide away
    Come out and play
  • When I was older
    I was a sailor
    On an open sea
    But now I'm underwater
    And my skin is paler
    Than it should ever be
  • I had a dream
    I got everything I wanted
    But when I wake up, I see
    You with me

    And you say
    As long as I'm here
    No one can hurt you
    Don't wanna lie here
    But you can learn to
    If I could change the way that you see yourself
    You wouldn't wonder why you hear
    "They don't deserve you"
    • "everything i wanted"
  • Do you understand?
    I've changed my plans
    'Cause I, I'm in love
    With my future
    Can't wait to meet her
    And I, I'm in love
    But not with anybody else
    Just wanna get to know myself.
    • "my future" (30 July 2020)
  • I know supposedly I'm lonely now (lonely now)
    Know I'm supposed to be unhappy
    Without someone (someone)
    But aren't I someone? (Aren't I someone? Yeah)
    • "my future" (30 July 2020)
Single for the film Barbie (2023) and Barbie the Album (2023) · Official music video · Saturday Night Live performance (16 December 2023)
  • I used to float, now I just fall down
    I used to know but I'm not sure now
    What I was made for
    What was I made for?
  • I don't know how to feel
    But I wanna try
    I don't know how to feel
    But someday I might
    Someday I might

    Think I forgot how to be happy
    Something I'm not, but something I can be
    Something I wait for
    Something I'm made for.
  • Don't be cautious, don't be kind
    You committed, I'm your crime
    Push my button anytime
    You got your finger on the trigger, but your trigger finger's mine
  • If teardrops could be bottled
    There'd be swimming pools filled by models
    Told a tight dress is what makes you a whore
    If "I love you" was a promise
    Would you break it, if you're honest
    Tell the mirror what you know she's heard before
    I don't wanna be you anymore
 
I don't need a Xanny to feel better
On designated drives home
Only one who's not stoned
Don't give me a Xanny now or ever
  • So you're a tough guy
    Like-it-really-rough guy
    Just-can't-get-enough guy
    Chest-always-so-puffed guy
    I'm that bad type
    Make-your-mama-sad type
    Make-your-girlfriend-mad type
    Might-seduce-your-dad type
    I'm the bad guy, duh

    I'm the bad guy
  • I must be missing something
    They just keep doing nothing
    Too intoxicated to be scared
    Better off without them
    They're nothing but unstable
    Bring ashtrays to the table
    And that's about the only thing they share

    I'm in their second-hand smoke
    Still just drinking canned Coke
    I don't need a Xanny to feel better
    On designated drives home
    Only one who's not stoned
    Don't give me a Xanny now or ever
  • I don't relate to you
    I don't relate to you, no
    'Cause I'd never treat me this shitty
    You make me hate this city.
    And I don't talk shit about you on the internet
    Never told anyone anything bad
    'Cause that shit's embarrassing, you were my everything
    And all that you did was make me fucking sad
    So don't waste the time I don't have
    Don't try to make me feel bad.
    • "Happier Than Ever"
  • You ruined everything good
    Always said you were misunderstood
    Made all my moments your own
    Just fucking leave me alone.
    • "Happier Than Ever"
  • What if it happened to you on a different day?
    On a bridge, where there wasn't a rail in the way?
    Or a neighborhood street where the little kids play?
    Or the Angeles Crest in the snow or the rain?
    What if you weren't alone? There were kids in the car
    What if you were remote? No one knows where you are
    If you changed anything, would you not have survived?
    You're alive, you're alive, you're alive.


Misattributed

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  • I've been walking through a world gone blind
    Can't stop thinking of your diamond mind
    Careful creature made friends with time
    He left her lonely with a diamond mind
    And those ocean eyes

Quotes about Eilish

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  • Imagine going to sleep as a regular 14-year-old girl and waking up the next morning with your inbox flooded with email messages inquiring about your bourgeoning music career. That's what happened to Billie Eilish who, in 2015, made a somewhat unintentional arrival onto the music scene after uploading a track called "Ocean Eyes" to SoundCloud.
    Written and produced by her older brother and featuring her vocals, the song was originally created for Billie's dance teacher, who wanted to choreograph a routine to original music. Within hours, the tune garnered praise from various websites and she's been on the upswing ever since.
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