“my future” portrays Billie reflecting on her past and her future, and her change in style from a more melancholic sound, towards a happier, more optimistic one.
“my future” is Billie Eilish’s first single since the release of her acclaimed February 2020 James Bond theme song “No Time To Die.” After almost a month away from social media, Eilish returned on July 24, 2020, to announce the track and its release date. The cover art and exact time of release for the song were announced later on July 28, 2020.
Billie Eilish is clearly trying to get us to consider her view of the future and what it feels like, as the song’s title suggests. The lyrics’ earnest hope indicates that she is doing her hardest to stay out of a bad situation. We recognise her from songs like “bad guy,” “ocean eyes,” and “when the party’s over,” which are gloomy and moody. Her most recent track, “everything I wanted,” attempted to connect with the same dark theme for her upcoming album. But it appears that she is now struggling for positivity and hope.
My Future Song Lyrics
Let’s dissect the meaning behind the lyrics of the song ‘my future’ by Billie Eilish section-wise.
I can't seem to focus And you don't seem to notice I'm not here I'm just a mirror You check your complexion To find your reflection's all alone I had to go
The cause of inability to concentrate may be linked to uncontrollable anxiety. We have a tendency to place too much emphasis on things that aren’t as important as we believe they are. The depressing duration of our attention span that we are seeing today is the product of technical advances and shifts in human psychology. Stuff that used to take months to complete can now be completed in a matter of seconds. Since objects are so readily available, we prefer to rely less on them.
As a teenager, Billie Eilish is concerned with her lack of focus. She is afraid that the ones she cares for will abandon her. Her paranoia of people forgetting who she is and missing what she has to say is so intense that she spends an excessive amount of time trying to stop it. She devotes an unhealthy amount of time to those who do not deserve it. As a result, she experiences the same thing she fears: abandonment.
Can't you hear me?
I'm not comin' home
Do you understand?
I've changed my plans
And if the other person does not seem to be interested in what she has to offer, she has the impression that the person she is attempting to approach is a decent person who is distracted at this moment. She tries to make an effort to keep in touch with those who take her for granted. Her lack of self-worth is visible here. Giving too much to others when getting too little in return is bad for her mental health. But, in the future, she sees herself prioritising herself and her wishes.
'Cause I, I'm in love
With my future
Can't wait to meet her
And I (I), I'm in love
But not with anybody else
Just wanna get to know myself
For instance, Billie recognises the value of positivity in order to succeed as an artist and influencer in the music business. In order to uphold the high expectations of her songs, she has to improve her sad and poisonous look. However, as we consider The Weeknd’s popularity in the music business, this can be doubted. Even The Weeknd has released a couple of upbeat songs.
As a result, when Billie Eilish imagines herself in the future, she sees a happy version of herself. As a result, in order to present a new dimension to her fans, she is attempting to turn her sorrow into hope in her songs.
I know supposedly I'm lonely now (Lonely now)
Know I'm supposed to be unhappy
Without someone (Someone)
But aren't I someone? (Aren't I someone? Yeah)
I'd (I'd) like to be your answer (Be your answer)
'Cause you're so handsome (You're so handsome)
But I know better
Than to drive you home
'Cause you'd invite me in
And I'd be yours again
Billie Eilish’s habit of falling for sexually unavailable men is evident once again. Her justification for why her love interest is behaving in a manner she doesn’t like is flimsy and frail. Despite believing he is bad for her emotional health and personal space, she continues to give in, hoping to improve over time. Since this does not occur, she begins to compliment him by referring to him as handsome. To improve her self-esteem, she must learn to build a safe boundary. Meanwhile, she should try to isolate herself from those that are harmful to her welfare.
But I (I), I'm in love (Love, love, love, love)
With my future
And you don't know her
And I, I'm in love (Love, love)
But not with anybody here
I'll see you in a couple years
Conclusion: The song’s concept revolves around what she would like to be in the future. For her, the decision appears to be simple. Despite the fact that she has built her career on sad and moody songs, she wants to spread positivity in the future.
Some Fun Facts
1. My Future was premiered on July 30, 2020, which is also her brother/collaborator Finneas’ 23rd birthday. The release was accompanied by an animated music video.
2. This song is Billie’s first release since No Time To Die in February 2020.
About the artist
18-year-old global pop-phenom Billie Eilish has fast become one of the biggest stars to emerge since the release of her debut single “ocean eyes,” and continues to shatter the ceiling of music with her genre-defying sound. Fast forward from her humble breakout, Billie’s album WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? debuted at #1 in the Billboard 200 in the U.S, as well as in the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Finland and many more. It is now the biggest North American debut of the decade (male, female or group), shifting 313,000 units in the first week and has already hit NUMBER 1 in the Billboard 200 album 3 times since its release in March, earning Billie more than 15 billion combined streams worldwide to date – and has won her 5 GRAMMYs (Best New Artist, Album Of The Year, Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best Pop Vocal Album). Billie is currently on her sold-out WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WORLD TOUR and about to embark on her Arena WHERE DO WE GO? WORLD TOUR.
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