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The fifth track from young musician Billie Eilish’s critically acclaimed album. “WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?”, “all the good girls go to hell” tells a dark story about human’s actions and lack of empathy or compassion for their world.
Upon initially hearing the track, a lot of listeners criticised it for its references to Christian symbolism, such as Saint Peter who is the guard of the gates to Heaven, which Billie also references in the track. The track also features Eilish saying “my Lucifer is lonely”, which is another name for the devil, as well as stating that God is a woman: “…even God herself has enemies”.Eilish has come under fire previously for her references to the devil in her tracks, with many religious groups insulting her for her lyrics. The track is in fact about climate change, as many fans guessed. In an interview with Vulture magazine, Eilish’s brother Finneas who wrote and produced the track, spoke about it in detail: “I think Billie has some of the most engaged listeners I’ve ever met or heard of. I was doing an interview the other day, and the woman I was being interviewed by was like, “I love all the conspiracies about your music. I read somewhere that some fans think “all the good girls go to hell” is about climate change. I love that they think that.“ I was like, “That’s ‘cause it is.” You can think whatever you want about our music. I love that it’s ambiguous. But that’s not a conspiracy theory. That’s just true.
If there were a God and a Devil, if you believe that there are, the idea that humans have made such a mess of the planet that they’re both talking to each other like, “What’s going on? Why did they do all of this?” That was an appealing concept. “Big hills burn in California.” We grew up here, and one thing about California as a state is that we don’t really have extreme weather in general. There are hurricanes and floods and shit, and we sometimes have earthquakes, but a lot of the time, the natural disasters are not in our backyard. In the last two years, there have been these horrendous wildfires. You could just look out the window and see the skyline on fire. I had this feeling of, Oh, we kinda did this.” Especially because, I think, one or both of those fires were man-made, which is so scary.”
There is currently no official music video for the song, but the official audio video on Eilish’s channel has over 11 million views since its upload on the 28th March 2019.
Release Date: 29th March 2019
Songwriter/s: Billie Eilish & FINNEAS
Label/s: Interscope Records /Darkroom Records
Chart Rankings: “all the good girls go to hell” has charted in the US, Canada, Spain, the UK, Australia and Brazil. It stayed on the US iTunes charts for a total of 7 days.