SKINNY
Billie Eilish Lyrics


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Hmm, hmm

Fell in love for the first time
With a friend, it's a good sign
Feelin' off when I feel fine
Twenty-one took a lifetime
People say I look happy
Just because I got skinny
But the old me is still me and maybe the real me
And I think she's pretty

And I still cry
Cry
And you know why

Am I acting my age now?
Am I already on the way out?
When I step off the stage, I'm a bird in a cage
I'm a dog in a dog pound
And you said I was your secret
And you didn't get to keep it
And the internet is hungry for the meanest kinda funny
And somebody's gotta feed it

Oh, do you still cry?
Still cry
Cry

I never did you wrong (never did you wrong)
And my (oh), my patience is gone (is gone)




And I (I), I never did you wrong (you)
I, I loved you for so long (hmm)

Overall Meaning

In "SKINNY" by Billie Eilish, the lyrics delve into the complex experience of falling in love for the first time with a friend, which is hinted as a positive development. Despite the outward appearance of happiness due to becoming skinny, the singer feels an internal conflict as she grapples with her emotions. The line "Feelin' off when I feel fine" suggests a sense of dissonance or unease even in moments of supposed contentment. The mention of turning twenty-one as if it took a lifetime highlights the weight of the experiences and emotions that come with growing up and navigating relationships.


The juxtaposition of looking happy because of weight loss but still feeling like the same person inside speaks to the societal pressures and misconceptions about body image and happiness. There is a poignant realization that the old version of oneself is still present and valid, emphasizing self-acceptance and the value of authenticity. The acknowledgment that the real self, including its vulnerabilities and imperfections, is pretty and deserving of recognition adds a layer of empowerment and self-appreciation amidst external judgments.


The chorus of the song, where the singer repeatedly mentions crying, points towards unresolved emotions and struggles that lie beneath the surface. Despite any outward appearance of strength or happiness, the tears symbolize the depth of pain or conflict within. The thoughts on acting one's age and the feeling of being confined or restricted after stepping offstage metaphorically depict a sense of being trapped or restricted in certain roles or expectations, akin to a bird in a cage or a dog in a pound.


The narrative of keeping secrets, the hunger of the internet for negative content, and the pressure to satisfy that demand highlight the toxicity of public scrutiny and the challenges of maintaining privacy and authenticity in a digital age. The mention of someone being described as a secret further underscores the theme of hidden truths and the struggle to preserve one's identity in the face of external pressures. The plea for understanding and the acknowledgement of a love that has endured for a long time convey a sense of longing, vulnerability, and ultimately, a desire for connection and acceptance amidst life's complexities.


Line by Line Meaning

Fell in love for the first time
Experienced love for the very first time


With a friend, it's a good sign
Realized feelings for a friend, which is a positive indication


Feelin' off when I feel fine
Feeling unsettled even when everything seems okay


Twenty-one took a lifetime
The age of twenty-one felt like an eternity


People say I look happy
Others believe I am content


Just because I got skinny
Assuming my happiness is solely due to weight loss


But the old me is still me and maybe the real me
Regardless of external changes, I remain true to myself and perhaps my genuine self is revealed


And I think she's pretty
I recognize and appreciate my inner beauty


And I still cry
Tears still flow from my eyes


Am I acting my age now?
Questioning if my behavior aligns with my age


Am I already on the way out?
Wondering if I am approaching the end of something


When I step off the stage, I'm a bird in a cage
Feeling confined and restricted once off the public platform


I'm a dog in a dog pound
Feeling like an animal locked away


And you said I was your secret
Being referred to as a hidden or confidential aspect


And you didn't get to keep it
The secret was exposed or not maintained


And the internet is hungry for the meanest kinda funny
Online culture craves the cruelest forms of humor


And somebody's gotta feed it
Someone must satisfy this demand


Oh, do you still cry?
Do you also shed tears?


I never did you wrong (never did you wrong)
I never mistreated you


And my (oh), my patience is gone (is gone)
I've run out of patience


And I (I), I never did you wrong (you)
I always treated you well


I, I loved you for so long (hmm)
I have loved you for an extended period of time




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: Billie Eilish O'Connell, Finneas O'Connell

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SKINNY
Billie Eilish

Hmm, hmm

Fell in love for the first time
With a friend, it's a good sign
Feelin' off when I feel fine
Twenty-one took a lifetime
People say I look happy
Just because I got skinny
But the old me is still me
And maybe the real me, and I think she's pretty
And I still cry, cry
And you know why

Am I acting my age now?
Am I already on the way out?
When I step off the stage, I'm a bird in a cage
I'm a dog in a dog pound
And you said I was your secret
And you didn't get to keep it
And the internet is hungry for the meanest kind of funny
And somebody's gotta feed it

Ooh, do you still cry? Still cry?
Oh, cry

I, I never did you wrong (never did you wrong)
And my (my), my patience is gone (is gone)
And I (I), I never did you wrong (you wrong)
I, I loved you for so long
Mmm



All comments from YouTube:

@AlpathenaDorem

THE VOCALS IN THIS ALREADY MAKING ME CRY

@alejandratejada6942

Frrrr

@thosewhitegirlss

SAME GIRL

@AJAdjaye

She is just the Best

@tinasakne

NO BC SO TRUEEE

@Austin_Jason

My parents said if I hit 2k, they'd buy me a professional camera for recording! Pls guys I'm literally begging you!! Sksks

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@paytonmc1091

“People say I look happy just because I got skinny, but the old me is still me and maybe the real me and I think she’s pretty.” THIS IS JUST BEAUTIFUL
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@oywiththepoodlesalready

My jaw absolutely DROPPED at that line, like WAIT A MINUTE I WASN’T READY FOR THAT.

@Nkass27

This is perfect omfg

@madhurimagoyal4812

That lyric made me bawl

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