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Billie Eilish is pop music’s newest gem. The LA native is only sixteen, but her lyrics and voice are far older. Working with her older brother who goes by the alias “FINNEAS”, the family duo are a musical team not to be missed.

“when the party’s over” is Eilish’s latest single, carrying on with her common theme of heartbreak and love in her songs. Speaking to “coup de main” magazine about the track, Eilish emphasizes that it’s not meant to be a sad song. “It’s not really “I’m sad,” you know what I mean? So “When The Party’s Over,” I feel like that’s such a sentence. It’s like, “I’ll call you when the party’s over,” you’re on the phone with someone and you can’t hear them, they can’t hear you, it’s loud, they’re mad at you for some reason. I feel like everybody’s had that struggle with someone – somebody on the phone yelling for some reason, and you’re just like, “You know what? F*cking leave me alone.” The track tells the story of a up and down and perhaps difficult and toxic relationship.

“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'”

The first verse is Eilish admitting that she knows that she’s not good for her lover, and that she’s learnt to have around on and off with no pattern. Despite all the things she’s done for them, they still leave her.

“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
I could lie, say I like it like that, like it like that”

The chorus is Eilish saying that when she comes home, a no one is there, and she’s lying to herself that she prefers it with her lover not being around.

“Don’t you know too much already
I’ll only hurt you if you let me
Call me friend but keep me closer (Call me back)
And I’ll call you when the party’s over”

The second verse, Eilish confronts her lover about the nature of their relationship as well as herself. She feels as if her lover knows too much about her already, and how she’ll only hurt them if they let them, probably meaning that if they hurt her she’ll fight back. “Call me friend but keep me closer”, could be referring to the fact that neither of them want to be in a relationship but can’t be just friends as they care about each other more than friends too, so they can call each other friends but not act like that. “And I’ll call you when the party’s over” could be a reference to them deciding to meet up while at separate parties at the end of the night, because they feel like they need each other for a night, or even just because Eilish is trying to get on and enjoy her without this person in her life.

“But nothing is better sometimes
Once we’ve both said our goodbyes
Let’s just let it go
Let me let you go”

The bridge is Eilish begging her lover to let her and this relationship go, let her allow herself to heal after they’ve both said their proper goodbyes and agree to no longer be in each other’s lives. The track ends with the chorus.

There is no official music video for the current track, but there is an animated audio clip posted on the 16th October on Billie Eilish’s official YouTube channel, and has over 6 million views.

Release Date: 16th October 2018

Songwriter/s: FINNEAS

Album: “when the party’s over EP” (2018)

Record Label: Interscope Records

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  1. raquel

    January 28, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    I love this song because I identify to everything it says. im always the “friend” but more than that, only to be left in the end.

  2. Eric

    February 2, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    Nice track…deep neaning

  3. Pharlap

    March 18, 2020 at 6:28 pm

    I have a totally different take on the lyrics meaning than the articles explanation.

    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’”

    You’ve convinced me that I’m no good for you. You leave me… then come back..leave & come back…. I’m getting used to it, but my heart will be forever broken if it’s ever for good. I’ve given this relationship everything I’ve got, you know that, and continue the torture of the emotion roller coaster.

    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
    I could lie, say I like it like that, like it like that”

    I agree with the article on this verse. The chorus is her saying that when she comes home, a no one is there, and she’s lying to herself that she prefers it with her lover not being around.

    “Don’t you know too much already
    I’ll only hurt you if you let me
    Call me friend but keep me closer (Call me back)
    And I’ll call you when the party’s over”

    This ones interesting. Could mean a multitude of things. She’s saying she’s told him her darkest and deepest secrets she’s never shared with anyone, making her incredibly vulnerable. If you use my darkest and deepest things I’ve shared with you against me in a break up, I will have no choice but to make it ugly and I will retaliate. Call me friend but keep me closer could mean, you can tell all your friends that we’re just friends, if it embarrasses you to have them think we’re in a relationship… but we can hook up secretly without anyone knowing if that’s what you want. Or the following! —There’s a famous saying “keep your friends close abd your enemies closer.” This could mean , I’m your friend, but if you hurt me and betray my trust of what I’ve confused in you, I could have it in me to retaliate toward you and become your worst enemy. (Call me back) —- You’d better keep our line of communication open, and not pretend I don’t exist.
    “I’ll call you when the parties over.” I think her man is moving on in a relationship with another person. I think she senses that even though he’s not made that confession to her. She’ll call him when the newness of his new love has worn off… when the honeymoon stage… or party- is over.

    “But nothing is better sometimes
    Once we’ve both said our goodbyes
    Let’s just let it go
    Let me let you go”

    Let’s stop hanging out and pretending. It will hurt a lot, but we’ve got to end the relationship it can’t continue like it is. No big discussions.. no drama. Make it easy for me please.

    • Nathan Roth

      October 17, 2020 at 1:10 am

      Its definitely like you wrote. Big hearted person. Sometimes unnecessary people cause implied deep emotional masterpieces like this. Heartrending.

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  5. Victor

    May 19, 2020 at 4:40 am

    When you listen to the instrument, it can be more religious than a lovers pop.
    The lyrics explain the journey of the soul battling with a life of sin and righteousness. The first verse can explain “I am a sinner and no good for you Lord, I’ve learnt to go away from you but can’t afford to…” the chorus “quiet when am coming home…” Eilish is saying her heart is torn from sin and can’t face the Lord for she feels dirty, she can lie she likes the life she is living but she doesn’t….

    Every single line you can relate to a broken heart and one in search of atonement

    • Amy

      July 25, 2020 at 5:18 am

      Gross misinterpretation, maybe that’s how you connect to the song, it’s what your meaning would be if you wrote it.

    • Arundhati Bhadra

      September 21, 2020 at 8:48 am

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  6. Morticia

    June 17, 2020 at 5:56 pm

    “I’ll call you when the party’s over” is metaphor for his drama and she is saying she has better things to do right now then deal with his drama. Even Billie said that

  7. Chris

    July 15, 2020 at 5:45 am

    My interpretation of the song is that the person singing (A) is speaking a dialogue to another person (B) about why they can only be friends. The “Party” is actually a metaphor for reckless love-life behavior and the choice to be in toxic relationships that person (A) has made. It is an excuse and an apology for putting (B) in the friend zone.

  8. Amy

    July 25, 2020 at 5:16 am

    I have a slightly different interpretation of the verse where she says”call me friend, but keep me closer.”
    I think it’s a reference to the common term keep your friend’s close, but your enemies closer. Meaning what type of relationship it’s turned into and how it borders so thinly between a love, a partnership type friendship, deep bond and the flip side of an enemy, a lie, a hatred for things not going to their full potential.

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