THE GREATEST
Billie Eilish Lyrics


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I'm trying my best
To keep you satisfied
Let you get your rest
While I stayed up all night

And you don't wanna know
How alone I've been
Let you come and go
Whatever state I'm in, ah

Man, am I the greatest
My congratulations
All my love and patience
All my admiration
All the times I waited
For you to want me naked
Made it all look painless
Man, am I the greatest

Hm
Oh-oh, hm

Doing what's right
Without a reward
And we don't have to fight
When it's not worth fighting for (fighting for), mm

And you don't wanna know (know)
What I would've done (done), hm
Anything at all
Worse than anyone
Mm, ooh

And man, am I the greatest (greatest)
My congratulations (congratulations)
All my love and patience
All my admiration (admiration)
All the times I've waited (waited)
For you to want me naked (naked)
I made it all look painless
Man, am I the greatest

The greatest
The greatest, ooh
I, I loved you
And I still do
Just wanted passion from you
Just wanted what I gave you
I waited
And waited

Man, am I the greatest
God, I hate it
All my love and patience
Unappreciated
You said your heart was jaded
You couldn't even break it




I shouldn't have to say it
You could've been the greatest

Overall Meaning

In the song "THE GREATEST" by Billie Eilish, the lyrics delve into themes of sacrifice, devotion, unreciprocated love, and self-reflection. The opening lines convey a sense of dedication and selflessness as the singer expresses their efforts to keep their partner satisfied while sacrificing their own rest and staying up all night. This sets the tone for a narrative of imbalance in the relationship, with one party giving more than they receive.


The lyrics "And you don't wanna know how alone I've been" and "Let you come and go, whatever state I'm in" hint at the emotional toll the singer has endured, feeling isolated and neglected despite their constant efforts to please their partner. The repetition of the phrase "Man, am I the greatest" seems to sarcastically highlight the contrast between the singer's selfless actions and the lack of appreciation or reciprocity from their partner.


As the song progresses, the singer reflects on the challenges of doing what is right without expecting any reward, and the futility of fighting for a relationship that may not be worth the effort. The lines "You don't wanna know what I would've done, anything at all, worse than anyone" suggest a deep sense of loyalty and willingness to go to great lengths for love, even if it means enduring pain or sacrificing one's own well-being.


The chorus serves as a moment of realization and self-assertion for the singer, as they question their own worth and express a mix of frustration and resignation towards the situation. The lines "All my love and patience unappreciated, you said your heart was jaded" encapsulate the disappointment and disillusionment felt by the singer, who realizes that despite their efforts, their love and dedication were not valued or reciprocated by their partner.


Overall, "THE GREATEST" delves into the complexities of love, sacrifice, and self-worth in the face of unreciprocated feelings. The lyrics capture the raw emotions of longing, frustration, and self-reflection that come with loving someone who may not see or appreciate your true worth. Through powerful imagery and introspective storytelling, the song highlights the internal struggles and emotional turmoil that can arise in relationships characterized by imbalance and unfulfilled expectations.


Line by Line Meaning

I'm trying my best
I am putting all my effort into this


To keep you satisfied
In order to make you happy


Let you get your rest
Allowing you to sleep


While I stayed up all night
Not sleeping and taking care of things


And you don't wanna know
You might not be interested in learning


How alone I've been
Feeling very lonely


Let you come and go
Giving you freedom to do as you please


Whatever state I'm in, ah
Regardless of how I feel


Man, am I the greatest
I am amazing


My congratulations
I deserve praise


All my love and patience
I have shown you affection and understanding


All my admiration
I look up to you


All the times I waited
I have been patient


For you to want me naked
Hoping for your desire for me


Made it all look painless
I made it seem easy


Hm


Doing what's right
Acting in a moral way


Without a reward
Not expecting anything in return


And we don't have to fight
No need for arguments


When it's not worth fighting for (fighting for), mm
Only engage in conflict when necessary


What I would've done
Actions I could have taken


Anything at all
Any possible thing


Worse than anyone
More severe than anyone else


Mm, ooh


The greatest
The best


I loved you
I had feelings for you


And I still do
My feelings have not changed


Just wanted passion from you
Hoped for strong emotions in return


Just wanted what I gave you
I wanted reciprocity


You could've been the greatest
You had so much potential




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

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Lyrics:

[Verse 1]
I'm trying my best
To keep you satisfied
Let you get your rest
While I stayed up all night

[Pre-Chorus]
And you don't wanna know
How alone I've been
Let you come and go
Whatever state I'm in, ah

[Chorus]
Man, am I the greatest
My congratulations
All my love and patience
All my admiration
All the times I waited
For you to want me naked
Made it all look painless
Man, am I the greatest

[Post-Chorus]
Hm
Oh-oh, hm

[Verse 2]
Doing what's right
Without a reward
And we don't have to fight
When it's not worth fighting for, mm

[Pre-Chorus]
And you don't wanna know (Know)
What I would've done (Done), hm
Anything at all
Worse than anyone
Mm, ooh

[Chorus]
Man, am I the greatest (Greatest)
My congratulations (Congratulations)
All my love and patience
All my admiration (Admiration)
All the times I waited (Waited)
For you to want me naked (Naked)
I made it all look painless
Man, am I the greatest

[Bridge]
The greatest
The greatest, ah-oh
I, I
I loved you
And I still do
Just wanted passion from you
Just wanted what I gave you
I waited
And waited (Oh)

[Chorus]
Man, am I the greatest
God, I hate it
All my love and patience
Unappreciated
You said your heart was jaded
You couldn't even break it
I shouldn't have to say it
You could've been the greatest



All comments from YouTube:

@basia2666

“I love you
And I still do
I just wanted passion from you”
SOBBING, VOMITING, SCREAMING

@lynx105

The most real lyric of this year

@chloeeig

calm down is not that deep

@Professor_Brie

⁠@@chloeeig They didn’t say it was deep, it just hit them in the feels real hard

@chloeeig

@@Professor_Brie didnt ask

@Professor_Brie

@@chloeeig You do realize no one asked for your reply to the OG comment either? Like what is the point of saying this? 🤷‍♀️

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@user-op8cc2bi8r

Cheers to all who waited all night for the album to drop! 🎉🥂 You are all the GREATEST!

@Elitish

I love u ❤️

@Silly.Billy.Coquette

🥂

@china_600

literallyy love you all my billie fans sm!

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