Billie Eilish – Happier Than Ever | Lyrics Meaning & Song Review
Billie Eilish is just about to release her brand new single as she teased a few seconds of what’s to come today. The new single is titled “Happier Than Ever” and the song might hint at a spoiled relationship.
Billie Eilish, with her brand new blonde hair, teased something in the works with a caption on Instagram “things are comingggg.” However, this is not the first time she teased “Happier Than Ever.” She did so first on her AppleTV+ documentary ‘Billie Eilish: The World’s a LittleBlurry.’ In the documentary, she talked about the concept behind the song; “I thought the whole song was just more like nothing even specific that they did, you’re just not happy being with them. You can’t even explain it.”
“Happier Than Ever” is the title track off of Billie Eilish’s second studio album releasing on July 30, 2021.
The teased lyrics go “When I’m away from you, I’m happier than ever,” which could be about another person or a whole different personality of Billie’s which she is not a fan of. In the documentary, she teased one more line of the song that goes; “Wish I could explain it better / Wish it wasn’t true.”
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“Happier Than Ever” Lyrics Meaning and Song Review
Right off the bat, at the start of the song, Billie Eilish sings how she is happier when she is away from a particular somebody. She is at a loss for words to explain why, but all she knows is that she is not happy with her current situation.
Billie Eilish explained that writing this song was a therapeutic process; “‘Happier Than Ever,’ probably the most therapeutic song I’ve ever written or recorded, like ever, ever, ever ‘cause I just screamed my lungs out and could barely talk afterwards, which was very satisfying to me somehow.”
The song is generally directed towards Billie’s ex-boyfriend and singer Brandom Adams. She did open up about their abusive relationship in her 2021 documentary ‘The World’s a Little Blurry.’
In the first verse of the song, Billie opens up about her feelings in this relationship. And it is not pretty. She has no reservations to call out her ex-boyfriend who made her life “miserable.” Billie did open up about many examples of mental abuse throughout her relationship. In these lyrics, she explains how he took almost no effort towards maintaining this relationship. She suspects that he might even have actively sabotaged their relationship.
Billie Eilish lays out an example of toxicity in her relationship with this guy. She recalls the times when he was driving under the influence of alcohol without a care for his life. Billie is angrier that he had no care for how his actions impacted the people who loved him. It took some time for Billie to realize that she is only wasting her breath on this guy who was off the rails.
In the third and final verse, Billie opens up about more toxicity that ensued in their relationship before she called it off for the sake of her mental well-being.
I could talk about every time that you showed up on time
But I’d have an empty line ’cause you never did
Billie Eilish has no time to waste with people who have no sense of responsibility and maturity. She is angrier that she shut off all her friends for this guy and he was not even worth it in the end.
Regardless of gender, all of us have encountered people like this in our lives. Let us know what you think about this song in the comments below. Check out the complete lyrics on Genius.