Billie Eilish, The 30th: the lyrics and their meaning

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On July 21, Billie Eilish released Guitar Songs, two acoustic tracks that surprised all fans. One of those songs is TV, a tune already revealed live some weeks ago that we already analyzed here. The other song is The 30th and shows another emotional side of the American singer. The lyrics talk about a personal event that marked Billie Eilish, and people wanted to know more about the song’s meaning. This article will provide an interpretation of the song and its lines.

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The 30th: the meaning of the lyrics

The 30th talks about a car accident that a person close to Billie Eilish had. In the song, she talks to that person, reminding them they called her before the accident. She remembers the ambulance, the hospital, and their conversation.

I know you don’t remember calling me
But I told you even then, “You looked so pretty”
In a hospital bed, I remember you said
“You were scared, and so was I”

Billie assisted this person at the hospital and shared the same fear. In the song, the singer wonders how things could have gone much worse in so many ways:

What if it happened to you on a different day?
On a bridge where there wasn’t a rail in the way?
Or a neighborhood street where the little kids play?
Or the Angeles Crest in the snow or the rain?
What if you weren’t alone? There were kids in the car
What if you were remote? No one knows where you are
If you changed anything, would you not have survived?
You’re alive, you’re alive, you’re alive

The last words are spoken in a soft voice, almost like a prayer. Billie Eilish is grateful that the person is still alive because things could have gone differently.

What is the event which inspired the song?

Billie Eilish didn’t reveal yet who had the car accident, but in an interview with Zane Lowe, she declared:

Something happened on November 30th and it had been the most indescribable thing to have to witness and experience. I had been writing down all these thoughts that I was having and I was with FINNEAS and I was like “I’m sorry, I don’t know what you were planning on doing but we need to write this song about this right now” and we did.

The 30th is, therefore, the day when the accident happened. Finneas is Billie Eilish’s brother, and they wrote the song together.

If Billie will be willing to reveal more information about the event in the future, you will find the updates in this article.

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The 30th: the complete lyrics

Sometimes you look the same
Just like you did before the accident
When you’re staring into space
It’s hard to believe you don’t remember it
Woke up in the ambulance
You pieced it all together on the drive

I know you don’t remember calling me
But I told you even then, “You looked so pretty”
In a hospital bed, I remember you said
“You were scared, and so was I”

In a standstill on the five
Thought it was unusual, the early traffic
Usually, I don’t panic
I just wanted to be on time
When I saw the ambulances on the shoulder
I didn’t even think of pulling over
I pieced it all together late that night

And I know you don’t remember calling me
But I told you even then, “You looked so pretty”
In a hospital bed, I remember you said
“You were scared, and so was I”

What if it happened to you on a different day?
On a bridge where there wasn’t a rail in the way?
Or a neighborhood street where the little kids play?
Or the Angeles Crest in the snow or the rain?
What if you weren’t alone? There were kids in the car
What if you were remote? No one knows where you are
If you changed anything, would you not have survived?
You’re alive, you’re alive, you’re alive

And I know you don’t remember calling me
But I told you even then, “You looked so pretty”
In your hospital bed, I remember you said
“You were scared
And so am I”