What Is Billie Eilish’s Song ‘Lovely’ About?

For some listeners, this song by Billie Eilish is “Lovely” — and relatable. This track features Khalid and original lyrics by Eilish and her brother. Here’s what we know about the meaning behind Eilish’s song “Lovely” featuring Khalid. 

Billie Eilish and Khalid appeared on the song ‘Lovely’

Host Billie Eilish during the Kyles Holiday sketch on 'Saturday Night Live'
Host Billie Eilish during the Kyles Holiday sketch on ‘Saturday Night Live’ | Tiffany Franco/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Eilish has several beloved, award-winning tracks, including the 2017 release “Lovely.” The official Spotify track of “Lovely” remains one of Eilish’s most popular songs with over 1.6 billion plays, while the “Lovely” YouTube music video earned over a billion views. 

With Eilish, Khalid, and Finneas created as the songwriters of this hit, the lyrics and even title remain close and personal to the “Bad Guy” singer. As a result, Eilish commented on the song’s title during one interview with Zach Lowe for Apple’s Beats 1.

“We called it [‘Lovely’] because the song was sort of really freaking depressing, so then it’s like oh, how lovely,” the songwriter said. “Just taking everything horrible like you know what? This is great. I’m so happy being miserable.”

What is Billie EIlish’s ‘Lovely’ featuring Khalid about?

Some listeners noticed a personal undertone to this original song. According to one Songfacts article, “Lovely” almost takes on a sarcastic tone, with the content discussed in this song being the direct antithesis of lovely. As a result, some fans think this could be Eilish attempting to make the best out of a bad situation.

Some interpret the first verse as describing Eilish and Khalid’s journey out of depression. The Genius explanation reads that “rather than continue to fight these feelings, the pair gives in and accepts that their depression will always be a piece of them.”

One listener noticed the lyrics, “heart made of glass, my mind of stone,” and how it can relate to Eilish’s relationship with mental illness. In addition to fighting for the environment, Eilish is open with fans regarding her struggles with depression and anxiety. This almost “hardening” of emotions could be the stone that Eilish mentions in “Lovely.”

Billie Eilish released several original songs thanks to albums ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go’ and ‘Happier Than Ever’

Khalid wouldn’t be the only artist that Eilish collaborated with. Following the success of “Bad Guy,” Justin Bieber appeared on one version of Eilish’s song. In conjunction with HBO’s original series Euphoria, Eilish and Rosalía sang “Lo Vas A Olvidar.”

Since Eilish released “Lovely,” she became of the biggest names in the music industry. The artist performed at the Grammy Awards, becoming the youngest artist ever to earn the Grammy Awards for Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year. 

Most recently, the “Bury a Friend” singer released her 2021 album Happier Than Ever, earning several Grammy nominations in the process. Music by Eilish is available on most major streaming platforms. 

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