Billie Eilish - When the Party's Over
“Don't you know I'm no good for you?
I've learned to lose you, can't afford to
Tore my shirt to stop you bleedin'
But nothin' ever stops you leavin'
Quiet when I'm coming home and I'm on my own
I could lie, say I like it like that, like it like that.”
Where’s the Meaning?
The mind is a powerful tool, and with it mental “walls” can be developed that impact the way we lead our lives. Often times, they are built brick by brick; each piece defined by the silent paste that binds them together. It is that paste that stifles the noise and keeps us from noticing that the walls are being built in the first place.
Mental illness can be the primary constructor of these walls; it can provide invisible bricks and silent paste. By the time that we notice that these “walls” have been constructed, they can be strong. So strong, that even trying to look beyond them sometimes feels impossible. And it can be mental illness that whispers to us within the confines of those walls - and the echo reverberating within them may make it seem as though those whispers are the only voices that exist. This metaphor is at the heart of Billie Eilish’s song When the Party’s Over. The lyrics themselves speak of a reality of life within those “walls” where loneliness, depression, and pain hide outside of public view.
Another form of barrier depicted in the song is constructed by mental illness – often inducing feelings of isolation and separation from those we love. Those invisible “walls” can be strong, and it can take a great deal to see beyond them. This is shown in the lyrics: “Don't you know I'm no good for you? / I've learned to lose you, can't afford to / Tore my shirt to stop you bleedin' / But nothin' ever stops you leavin'.” Through these words, Eilish paints a picture of silent suffering; depression that is well-disguised behind our walls.
Mental illness can make a person desperate for company, yet unable to participate in social interaction. This conflict continues to be shown in the lyrics: “Quiet when I'm coming home and I'm on my own / I could lie, say I like it like that, like it like that.” This passage is about the lies we tell, not only to ourselves, but to others as well. However, there is a great sense of hope in acknowledging that these “walls” exist. By understanding our feelings of loneliness and isolation, and realizing that mental illness warps our reality and how we perceive our place in the world, we can begin to heal.
Billie Eilish’s song When the Party’s Over lays the walls that surround us bare for us to see; it makes the invisible, visible. The lyrics force the listener to confront the presence of mental “walls” in their lives and how they affect our ideas of acceptance and being alone. This can also allow us to find peace in being by ourselves, and to understand that our “walls” do not define us, and neither does our mental illness.
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