Album: When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (2019)
Charted: 79

Songfacts®:

  • This lullaby-like track was originally a slow, bare-boned song titled "See Through," featuring just Billie Eilish's raw vocal and the ukulele. Eilish's producer Finneas felt it needed to be quicker. He told Vulture the whole song is sped up 20 BPM, including the ukulele, "which is why it has that strange, kind of kooky feeling."
  • The song finds Billie Eilish singing about a boyfriend who looks at her "like I'm see-through." She realizes he doesn't love her so decides not to pursue the relationship any longer.
  • This is the eighth track on When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? Billie and Finneas decided to change the title to "8" as they felt it was a song that people would be more likely to click on and listen to with that name rather than calling it "See Through."

Comments: 4

  • Smk from Atlanta, Ga@Amy - She uses a play on words for “8” - “I ATE (8) alone at 7; you were six minutes away.”
  • Amy from GermanyI have a question that has been bugging me for months. In "wish you were gay" the lyrics have every number from twelve to one and the only number that's missing is eight...which just happens to be the title of another song of hers which has no connection to its lyrics and meaning at all. I'm just confused.
  • Jazzyb from EnglandI love Billie Eilish a lot but I always have questions.
    8. Turn it on its side: infinity. Is this a sign or clue to something?
  • Anonymous from UsaIn an interview she actually says that she wrote the song from the perspective of a past boyfriend. It’s not about how someone hurt her, it’s about how she hurt someone.
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