"Everybody Dies" finds Billie Eilish ruminating on the inevitability of death. Over four verses (and no chorus), the singer discusses our reluctance to face up to our unavoidable demise.
Everybody dies, surprise, surprise We tell each other lies, sometimes, we try To make it feel like we might be right
Her own preoccupation with when it's her time to go:
Everybody dies And when will I?
And taking comfort in death as a unifying experience.
But you are not alone You are not unknown
In her Spotify commentary, Eilish said this track is "a big bummer" on the surface level. "It's really about how everybody dies. You can't change it and it's a horrible thought."
Eilish also takes comfort knowing she's going to die. "I don't know why," she said. "I've talked about it since I was a kid. It makes me happy that all things end. It's also very sad and sentimental. This song is really just about knowing that you only have so long to do what you want so just do it. Enjoy your life."
Eilish has sung about death before. Both "Listen Before I Go" and "Everything I Wanted" on her debut album were inspired by her struggles with suicidal feelings when she was younger. Here, Eilish adopts a slightly more positive tone.
Billie Eilish recorded the song for her second album, Happier Than Ever. Like the other tracks on the record, she penned it with her producer brother Finneas. The same sibling duo was also behind Eilish's 2019 debut album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
Piper from San Franciscothis song is whack, when we walk around frisco we sing and play the drums on cars. we can usually find dirty needles in the street which we wash out at the park, I think about these lyrics and sing about how infinite we all are, "shooting up in the alley, smoking ice in the park, I drink coffee on Tuesday but only after dark", love is a battle field, I heard that before, hmm bop.
Dido helped shut down a Neo-Nazi Web site after learning it was using "White Flag" to promote its hateful messages. Owners of the site had misinterpreted the track as racist and thought they represented their white supremacy views.