Billie Eilish new song, TV: inside the meaning of the lyrics

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During the concert that Billie Eilish held on June 8th in Manchester, she surprisingly performed a new, unreleased song. “We haven’t played a new song live before it’s out since 2017 or 2018. This is one we just wrote, and we just wanted to play for you”, she said to the audience, which was of course more than happy to heas something new from the American artist. The song is titled TV and it’s a melancholic, introspective song that talks about her life, her relationships and the contrast between her and the outer world that she sees on TV. In this article we will delve into the deep meaning of the lyrics.

You can find the live performance of the song in the video below. The song has not yet been released as an official single, but it could come out soon.

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Billie Eilish, TV: the meaning of the lyrics

Billie Eilish is in a moment of domestic solitude. She sings about how she feels. She’s having a tough moment with her romantic partner and she now realizes that all friends are missing: when you get into a romantic relationship, inevitably you spend less time cultivating friendships. “You tell yourself it’s fine, you’re just in love”, she says in the chorus. It’s something that happens to most of us, but it’s still sad. It’s still something we would like to be different.

All of my friends are missing again
That’s what happens when you fall in love
You don’t have the time, you leave them all behind
You tell yourself it’s fine, you’re just in love

When you lose the harmony with your loved one, you suddenly realize the substance of what’s left in your life. And if friends are gone and you remain alone, things can be depressing. In ghe first verse, Billie talks about laying on the couch and let time pass, passively, perhaps watching tv.

I’ll put on Survivor just to watch somebody suffer
Maybe I should get some sleep
Sinking in the sofa while we all betray each other
What’s the point of anything?

And the TV is also the mean through which she sees the outer world. There are two clear references to public life and our times: one is about the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard trial that caught the attention of the whole world, and the other one is the current debate about abortion, on which Billie mentions the famous Rod v. Wade sentence of the 70s that historically pronounced the law in favour of the abortion right, right that today is at risk. Those are the two lines, that end the second verse:

The internet’s gone wild watching movie stars on trial
While they’re overturning Roe v. Wade

All this is happening while Billie Eilish is living a sad moment of loneliness. And she feels unable to create connections again with the others. That’s how, sadly, the son ends: with the words “maybe I’m the problem”. This is therefore the real meaning of Billie Eilish new song, TV: if the relationship with your partner fades away, and you didn’t keep friendships alive, you remain alone. And your whole life starts looking meaningless. The melody is slow and sad. Nevertheless, it seems just a moment. And expressing sadness without shame is always positive.

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The complete lyrics

I don’t wanna talk right now
I just wanna watch TV
I’ll stay in the pool and drown
So I don’t have to watch you leave
I’ll put on Survivor just to watch somebody suffer
Maybe I should get some sleep
Sinking in the sofa while we all betray each other
What’s the point of anything?

All of my friends are missing again
That’s what happens when you fall in love
You don’t have the time, you leave them all behind
You tell yourself it’s fine, you’re just in love

I don’t know where you are right now
But did you see me on TV?
I’ll try not to starve myself
Just because you’re mad at me
And I’ll be in denial for at least a little while
What about the plans we made?
The internet’s gone wild watching movie stars on trial
While they’re overturning Roe v. Wade

And all of my friends are missing again
‘Cause that’s what happens when you fall in love
You don’t have the time, you leave them all behind
You tell yourself it’s fine, you’re just in love

And I don’t get along with anyone
Maybe I’m the problem
Maybe I’m the problem

Maybe I, maybe I, maybe I’m the problem
Maybe I, maybe I, maybe I’m the problem