“What Was I Made For? [From The Motion Picture “Barbie”]” is the seventh single from the soundtrack for the 2023 movie “Barbie”. Released on the 13th July 2023 through Darkroom and Interscope Records, this marks Billie Eilish’s first release since her EP “Guitar Songs” in 2022.
“What Was I Made For? [From The Motion Picture “Barbie”]” takes on a much more melancholic sound than what has so far been released from the soundtrack’s score. Lyrically, “What Was I Made For?” sees Eilish question her life’s purpose, as well as questioning her ability to simply live and feel. Speaking to Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, Eilish opened up about the song’s writing process and her and her brother’s writer’s block finally ending while writing the song:
“I did not think about myself once in the writing process. I was purely inspired by this movie and this character and the way I thought she would feel, and wrote about that. And then, over the next couple days, I was listening and I was like, girl, how did this … honestly, and I really don’t mean this to come off a conceited way at all, but I do this thing where I make stuff that I don’t even know is … like I’m writing for myself and I don’t even know it…
FINNEAS was like, “Should we try to write a Barbie song?” and I literally was like, “Dog, No. What? We’re not gonna make a- come on,” I thought about like “No Time To Die” That was months of thinking and talking and coming up with different melodies and stuff, and that was also one of my favourite processes of all time but very different, and I was like, “We can’t recreate that, like how are we gonna do that?” and we truly sat down, and Finneas started playing piano and those first couple lyrics “I used to float, now I just fall down” just came right out.”
The music video for What Was I Made For? [From The Motion Picture “Barbie”]” was self-directed by Eilish herself and released via her YouTube channel on the 13th July 2023.
Read the lyrics to “What Was I Made For? [From The Motion Picture “Barbie”]” here.
*All information accurate at the time of publishing (17th July 2023).