Your Power
Billie Eilish Lyrics


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Try not to abuse your power
I know we didn't choose to change
You might not wanna lose your power
But having it's so strange

She said you were a hero, you played the part
But you ruined her in a year, don't act like it was hard
And you swear you didn't know (didn't know)
No wonder why you didn't ask
She was sleeping in your clothes (in your clothes)
But now she's got to get to class

How dare you?
And how could you?
Will you only feel bad when they find out?
If you could take it all back, would you?

Try not to abuse your power
I know we didn't choose to change
You might not wanna lose your power
But having it's so strange

I thought that I was special, you made me feel
Like it was my fault you were the devil, lost your appeal
Does it keep you in control? (In control)
For you to keep her in a cage?
And you swear you didn't know (didn't know)
You said you thought she was your age

How dare you?
And how could you?
Will you only feel bad if it turns out
That they kill your contract?
Would you?

Try not to abuse your power
I know we didn't choose to change
You might not wanna lose your power
But power isn't pain

Mmm




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Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh, hmm

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of "Your Power" by Billie Eilish speak about abuse of power, and how people in positions of power can manipulate others for their own gain. The song addresses someone who has taken advantage of a woman, treating her poorly and controlling her. The perpetrator is confronted, with Eilish questioning how they could have behaved in such a manner. The chorus is a plea for those with power to use it wisely and not abuse it, as having power can be a strange experience. The bridge brings up the idea of control, and how some people attempt to maintain it by keeping others locked up, both physically and mentally. The song serves as a powerful message about power dynamics and the importance of treating others with respect.


Line by Line Meaning

Try not to abuse your power
A plea to exercise restraint and not misuse the control one holds over others.


I know we didn't choose to change
A recognition that circumstances outside our control can alter relationships and power dynamics.


You might not wanna lose your power
Acknowledging that once someone has become accustomed to having power, it can be hard to let go of.


But having it's so strange
A reflection on the strange feeling of having a significant amount of power over others.


She said you were a hero, you played the part
A derogatory comment that one may appear to be a hero, but it's all an act and they are, in fact, a villain.


But you ruined her in a year, don't act like it was hard
An accusation that their actions caused harm in a very short amount of time, and that they shouldn't pretend it wasn't intentional.


And you swear you didn't know (didn't know)
A disbelief at the idea that someone could be so oblivious to the impact of their actions on others.


No wonder why you didn't ask
An observation that they wouldn't have bothered to find out, anyway.


She was sleeping in your clothes (in your clothes)
An indication that someone was so comfortable with the perpetrator that they would spend the night wearing their clothes.


But now she's got to get to class
Contrasting the comfortable, carefree environment to the pressure of daily life and responsibilities.


How dare you?
An outcry at how someone could be so cruel and callous.


And how could you?
A rhetorical question, expressing disgust and disbelief at someone's actions.


Will you only feel bad when they find out?
Asking whether the perpetrator will only feel remorse when their actions become public knowledge.


If you could take it all back, would you?
A pointed question, challenging whether they would have still made the same choices if they could go back.


I thought that I was special, you made me feel
An admission that one was made to feel important and valued, only to be let down in the end.


Like it was my fault you were the devil, lost your appeal
A realization that they were deceived, and that the person they once found appealing was actually malicious.


Does it keep you in control? (In control)
Questioning whether the motive behind their behavior was to maintain control over another person.


For you to keep her in a cage?
An accusation that they are keeping someone constrained and trapped.


And you swear you didn't know (didn't know)
Doubting their claim of innocence in the face of such obvious manipulation.


You said you thought she was your age
An indication that they are trying to justify their actions by claiming ignorance about the other person's age.


Power isn't pain
A reminder that someone's power should never be used to cause harm and that there is no justification for causing pain.




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

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Lyrics

Try not to abuse your power
I know we didn't choose to change
You might not wanna lose your power
But having it's so strange

She said you were a hero, you played the part
But you ruined her in a year, don't act like it was hard
And you swear you didn't know (didn't know)
No wonder why you didn't ask
She was sleeping in your clothes (in your clothes)
But now she's got to get to class

How dare you?
And how could you?
Will you only feel bad when they find out?
If you could take it all back, would you?

Try not to abuse your power
I know we didn't choose to change
You might not wanna lose your power
But having it's so strange

I thought that I was special, you made me feel
Like it was my fault you were the devil, lost your appeal
Does it keep you in control? (In control)
For you to keep her in a cage?
And you swear you didn't know (didn't know)
You said you thought she was your age

How dare you?
And how could you?
Will you only feel bad if it turns out
That they kill your contract?
Would you?

Try not to abuse your power
I know we didn't choose to change
You might not wanna lose your power
But power isn't pain

Mmm
Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh
Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh, hmm



All comments from YouTube:

@benoftheweek

BILLIE EILISH SUMMER INCOMING ‼️‼️

@mlisswal

now ben we need an album from you

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@theearth2940

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@obeckkky8760

no its literally my back to school album😩

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@chicken

Its February 2024, let's see how many people are listening to this masterpiece❤

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Thanks. It was the weighty eighties.@chickensoup

@dukesanddaggers

i'm listening from March 1998!

@berrasubolat322

I'll always listen to all Billie Eilish songs

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