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Billie Eilish my future Lyrics Meaning
Billie Eilish’s groundbreaking 2019 debut album connected with the anxieties of a generation on a visceral level. From even just the opening slurp of When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, Eilish, who including a recording of herself taking out her Invisalign, made a statement about honesty and vulnerability in her music. This often translated to gothic pop that examined the nature of teen idols, of death, and complex, modern love. Her music is often described as dark, but it’s not because she’s sad. Rather, it’s that she is unafraid to explore those corners of her psyche.
Since the phenomenal success of that LP, which saw her catapult to the top of festival and awards show billings—plus sweep the major awards categories at the Grammys—she’s only released one song: the theme for the now-delayed James Bond movie. If you can believe it, that cut dropped back in February. After, everything absolutely went to shit.
She has been, like the rest of us, trapped at home anxiously watching the world fall apart. But, the thing is Eilish thrives at home. That’s where she wrote and recorded her first collection with her brother, Finneas—and now, that’s also where she recorded her first non-James Bond music since When We All Fall Asleep.
On the evening of July 30, Billie Eilish released “my future.” Future, huh. That’s something we’ve all been thinking a lot about lately. Or rather, trying not to. The future, at least right now, seems pretty bleak. And so, before listening I assumed that Billie would use this song to perfectly capture the darkness we’ve all been consumed with. I was wrong. “my future” is as hopeful one can get in These Times.
Hope in a time like this is so profoundly Billie Eilish. She is a master of tone—finding astounding ways to communicate what’s going on in her head. On “my future” she profoundly demonstrates how hope can at once be encouraging and melancholy-inducing. As she sings in the chorus:
‘Cause I, I’m in loveWith my futureCan’t wait to meet herAnd I (I), I’m in loveBut not with anybody elseJust wanna get to know myself
This isn’t some hokey “we’re all in this together we can pull through” type message. It’s something more subtle and more personal. As she explained in an email to fans:
when we wrote this song, it was exactly where my head was at – hopeful, excited and a craaaazy amount of self reflection and self growth. but recently it has also taken on a lot of new meaning in the context of what’s happening in the world now … the future feels uncertain and crazy right now. but i think we need to be ready to put the work in, and if we do that, we should be hopeful and excited for our future. i have to keep reminding myself that the future is ours, and i know we want to do everything we can to make it better for everyone in the world. and for the world itself… it’s up to us to change things now. not only for us, but for future generations. stay hopeful.
And she’s right. Perhaps my wrongful assumption that this would be a “dark” song speaks to the clouds circling around me in quarantine. Maybe I do need to get excited about the future—to think of it not as a storm on the horizon, but something that I have the power to make better.
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In an Instagram post introducing the song, Billie’s brother and co-collaborator Finneas wrote about how he cherished the rainy days in quarantine making this song with his sister. There’s something beautiful about this image. I like to think that there are many other kids at home feeling the same way, taking this time to make something good, to be excited about what happens on the other side of this moment. That’s encouraging.
And in the final lines, which builds into a groove like waking up on a sunny day, she sings “I’ll see you in a couple of years.”
As she told Zane Lowe about those lyrics: “There’s still hope in it. We will get out of this eventually. It might take years, but we’ll be okay eventually.”
It really will.
Matt is the Culture Editor at Esquire where he covers music, movies, books, and TV—with an emphasis on all things Star Wars, Marvel, and Game of Thrones.
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