bury a friend
Billie Eilish Lyrics


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Billie

What do you want from me? Why don't you run from me?
What are you wondering? What do you know?
Why aren't you scared of me? Why do you care for me?
When we all fall asleep, where do we go?

Come here
Say it, spit it out, what is it exactly
You're payin'? Is the amount cleanin' you out, am I satisfactory?
Today, I'm thinkin' about the things that are deadly
The way I'm drinkin' you down
Like I wanna drown, like I wanna end me

Step on the glass, staple your tongue (ahh)
Bury a friend, try to wake up (ah-ahh)
Cannibal class, killing the son (ahh)
Bury a friend, I wanna end me

I wanna end me
I wanna, I wanna, I wanna end me
I wanna, I wanna, I wanna

What do you want from me? Why don't you run from me?
What are you wondering? What do you know?
Why aren't you scared of me? Why do you care for me?
When we all fall asleep, where do we go?

Listen
Keep you in the dark, what had you expected?
Me to make you my art and make you a star
And get you connected?
I'll meet you in the park, I'll be calm and collected
But we knew right from the start that you'd fall apart
'Cause I'm too expensive
It's probably somethin' that shouldn't be said out loud
Honestly, I thought that I would be dead by now (wow)
Calling security, keepin' my head held down
Bury the hatchet or bury your friend right now

The debt I owe, gotta sell my soul
'Cause I can't say no, no, I can't say no
Then my limbs all froze and my eyes won't close
And I can't say no, I can't say no
Careful

Step on the glass, staple your tongue (ahh)
Bury a friend, try to wake up (ah-ahh)
Cannibal class, killing the son (ahh)
Bury a friend, I wanna end me

I wanna end me
I wanna, I wanna, I wanna end me
I wanna, I wanna, I wanna

What do you want from me? Why don't you run from me?
What are you wondering? What do you know?




Why aren't you scared of me? Why do you care for me?
When we all fall asleep, where do we go?

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Billie Eilish's song "bury a friend" are haunting and introspective, providing a glimpse into the mind of someone struggling with their own demons. The song is a conversation between the singer and another person, most likely a therapist or close friend. The singer is questioning why the other person hasn't run away from them yet, expressing their own self-destructive tendencies and desire to end their life.


The chorus repeats the phrase "bury a friend," and the verses provide gruesome imagery such as stepping on glass and stapling one's tongue, alluding to the pain and self-harm the singer is causing themselves. They also mention "cannibal class, killing the son," possibly a reference to societal pressure and expectations.


The bridge of the song reveals the singer's internal struggle, feeling indebted and unable to say no, ultimately leading to a desire to end their life. The phrase "when we all fall asleep, where do we go?" is repeated throughout the song, implying a fear of death and what may come after it.


Overall, "bury a friend" is a powerful exploration of mental illness and the struggle to find hope amidst darkness.


Line by Line Meaning

What do you want from me? Why don't you run from me?
The singer questions why the listener is sticking around when things are clearly not okay.


What are you wondering? What do you know?
The singer is curious about what the listener might be thinking or feeling.


Why aren't you scared of me? Why do you care for me?
The singer is surprised that the listener does not seem to be afraid of them, and wonders why the listener still cares about them despite their behavior.


When we all fall asleep, where do we go?
The artist contemplates what happens after death and where the soul might go.


Come here. Say it, spit it out, what is it exactly you're payin'? Is the amount cleanin' you out, am I satisfactory? Today, I'm thinkin' about the things that are deadly. The way I'm drinkin' you down, like I wanna drown, like I wanna end me.
The artist confronts the listener, questioning what they expect in return for whatever they are paying the artist. The artist also reflects on their destructive behavior and how it might lead to their own demise.


Step on the glass, staple your tongue (ahh). Bury a friend, try to wake up (ah-ahh). Cannibal class, killing the son (ahh). Bury a friend, I wanna end me.
The singer shares vivid imagery of self-harm and destruction, while also expressing a desire to end their own life.


What do you want from me? Why don't you run from me? What are you wondering? What do you know? Why aren't you scared of me? Why do you care for me? When we all fall asleep, where do we go?
The singer repeats these questions, emphasizing the confusion and emotional turmoil they are experiencing.


Keep you in the dark, what had you expected? Me to make you my art and make you a star and get you connected? I'll meet you in the park, I'll be calm and collected. But we knew right from the start, that you'd fall apart 'cause I'm too expensive.
The artist acknowledges that they have been keeping the listener in the dark about their true nature, and feels as if the listener expected them to use their relationship for personal gain. The artist also recognizes that they are too much to handle for the listener, ultimately leading to their emotional downfall.


It's probably somethin' that shouldn't be said out loud. Honestly, I thought that I would be dead by now (wow). Calling security, keepin' my head held down. Bury the hatchet or bury your friend right now.
The artist realizes that what they are thinking might be better kept to themselves. They express a feeling that they should have been dead by now, and are considering taking drastic action. The artist also acknowledges that they need to let go of any resentment and move on from their destructive behavior.


The debt I owe, gotta sell my soul 'cause I can't say no, no, I can't say no. Then my limbs all froze and my eyes won't close. And I can't say no, I can't say no. Careful.
The artist feels trapped and obligated to someone, leading them to have to give up parts of themselves. The artist also describes a feeling of being paralyzed and unable to fight back against their situation.




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

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@IC.Y

Je suis dans l'incapacité d'imposer mon NON.
Ma conscience, leur crache à la gueule - leur oui - qu'ils essayent sans succès de m'arracher.
Si je ne peux refuser, jamais je n'accepterai.
Vous avez dit "céder n'est pas accepter".
Ben moi, même céder, je ne le fais pas.
Vous ne m'aurez JAMAIS.
Si je me noie et que vous me tendez une perche.
Mes mains au bord de la suffocation, voudront happer les bouffées d'oxygène qui se présenteront comme salvatrices.
Quand, les sorcières tendront leur spatule, je la saisirai et d'un coup sec, je les entraînerai vers le fond qu'elles ont creusé à mon intention.
Je n'ai plus rien à perdre, ma seule motivation : que le mal rejoigne le monde des créatures malfaisantes.
Je ne dirai jamais tout ce que je sais, et si je le fais tout de même, j'ai affirmé tant de fois le contraire, que ma parole n'a plus de valeur juridique.
Vous m'avez programmé pour que je me sacrifie pour une noble cause. J'ai rencontré beaucoup de pourritures qui étaient des hommes. Mais non, TOUS les hommes NE SONT pas MAUVAIS.
Votre programmation, m'impose de me sacrifier afin de vous faire tomber si vous êtes pires qu'eux. Je ne suis là pour protéger les injustement condamnés, enfants, hommes, femmes, qu'importe leur classification.
Avant, j'étais féministe et mes mots étaient mal compris. J'étais fort jeune et maladroite, je ne comprenais pas les insultes que leur lecture provoquaient.
Ne prenez pas tout au premier degré, please.
N'instaurons pas un monde de vengeance, mais celui de la JUSTICE.
Ayez foi dans le Karma, malgré ma situation catastrophique, je sais qu'il existe.
Pas dans le but de faire souffrir nos tortionnaires mais de compenser nos douleurs passées.
On ne guérit pas la souffrance reçue par une autre plus importante imposée à nos boureaux. Nous serions pires qu'eux.
On vaut mieux, on ne pardonne pas mais on ne va pas gaspiller notre énergie pour des connards.
Bisous Loulous 🥰
IC 🖖



@johanch-g8195

[Chorus: Billie Eilish]
What do you want from me? Why don't you run from me?
What are you wondering? What do you know?
Why aren't you scared of me? Why do you care for me?
When we all fall asleep, where do we go?

[Verse 1: Billie Eilish & Mehki Raine]
Come here
Say it, spit it out, what is it exactly
You're payin'? Is the amount cleanin' you out? Am I satisfactory?
Today, I'm thinkin' about the things that are deadly
The way I'm drinkin' you down
Like I wanna drown, like I wanna end me

[Refrain: Billie Eilish]
Step on the glass, staple your tongue (Ahh)
Bury a friend, try to wake up (Ah-ahh)
Cannibal class, killing the son (Ahh)
Bury a friend, I wanna end me

[Pre-Chorus: Billie Eilish]
I wanna end me
I wanna, I wanna, I wanna… end me
I wanna, I wanna, I wanna…

[Chorus: Billie Eilish]
What do you want from me? Why don't you run from me?
What are you wondering? What do you know?
Why aren't you scared of me? Why do you care for me?
When we all fall asleep, where do we go?

[Verse 2: Billie Eilish & Mehki Raine]
Listen
Keep you in the dark, what had you expected?
Me to make you my art and make you a star
And get you connected?
I'll meet you in the park, I'll be calm and collected
But we knew right from the start that you'd fall apart
'Cause I'm too expensive
It's probably somethin' that shouldn't be said out loud
Honestly, I thought that I would be dead by now (Wow)
Calling security, keepin' my head held down
Bury the hatchet or bury a friend right now

[Bridge: Billie Eilish & Mehki Raine]
The debt I owe, gotta sell my soul
'Cause I can't say no, no, I can't say no
Then my limbs all froze and my eyes won't close
And I can't say no, I can't say no
Careful

[Refrain: Billie Eilish]
Step on the glass, staple your tongue (Ahh)
Bury a friend, try to wake up (Ah-ahh)
Cannibal class, killing the son (Ahh)
Bury a friend, I wanna end me

[Pre-Chorus: Billie Eilish]
I wanna end me
I wanna, I wanna, I wanna… end me
I wanna, I wanna, I wanna…

[Chorus: Billie Eilish]
What do you want from me? Why don't you run from me?
What are you wondering? What do you know?
Why aren't you scared of me? Why do you care for me?
When we all fall asleep, where do we go?



@deeal9817

Main Results

Billie...

What do you want from me?
Why don't you run from me?
What are you wondering?
What do you know?
Why aren't you scared of me?
Why do you care for me?
When we all fall asleep, where do we go?

Come here...

Say it, spit it out, what is it exactly?
You're payin'?
Is the amount cleanin' you out
Am I satisfactory?
Today, I'm thinkin' about
The things that are deadly
The way I'm drinkin' you down
Like I wanna drown, like I wanna end me

Step on the glass, staple your tongue (Ahh)
Bury a friend, try to wake up (Ahh-ha)
Cannibal class, killin' the son (Ahh)
Bury a friend, I wanna end me

I wanna end me
I wanna, I wanna, I wanna end me
I wanna, I wanna, I wanna–

What do you want from me?
Why don't you run from me?
What are you wondering?
What do you know?
Why aren't you scared of me?
Why do you care for me?
When we all fall asleep, where do we go?

Listen...

Keep you in the dark, what had you expected?
Me to make you my art
And make you a star and get you connected?
I'll meet you in the park
I'll be calm and collected
But we knew right from the start
That you'd fall apart 'cause I'm too expensive
Your talk'll be somethin' that shouldn't be said out loud
Honestly, I thought that I would be dead by now (Wow)
Callin' security, keepin' my head held down
Bury the hatchet or bury your friend right now

For the debt I owe, gotta sell my soul
'Cause I can't say no, no, I can't say no
Then my limbs all froze and my eyes won't close
And I can't say no, I can't say no

Careful...

Step on the glass, staple your tongue (Ahh-ha)
Bury a friend, try to wake up (Ahh-ha)
Cannibal class, killin' the son (Ahh)
Bury a friend, I wanna end me

I wanna end me
I wanna, I wanna, I wanna end me
I wanna, I wanna, I wanna–

What do you want from me?
Why don't you run from me?
What are you wondering?
What do you know?
Why aren't you scared of me?
Why do you care for me?
When we all fall asleep, where do we go?



@technoraver99

video gaming = waste of time. housework is much better (karma)

bored? anyone??
you can find on amazon: teaching books (paramedic), emergency cases, bags, all kind of equipment. time 2 learn first aid measures + emergency medical services EMS

good work 4 kids: youth firefighter program. junior firefighter training activities. junior program ems !


giveaways? sponsoring + support? (4 friends, employees, customers etc.) first aid or medic courses, medical literature, + psychological first aid, equipment? (one way keyring resuscitation masks, pocket masks, AED, nitrile gloves (hygienics, diseases, protection! take a pair of gloves with you. you can buy packaged pairs of nitrile gloves. non sterile. for single use only), ambu bags?, CPR simulators ?? stifnecks?, diagnostic lamps, pulse oximeters, stab protection vest, cs gas defense spray, bulletproof vest, seatbelt cutter etc.)
smoke detectors? carbon monoxide detectors? fire blanket, structural fire prevention? fire protection coating? (on building walls?) or anti corrosion? (on bridges, tools etc?) fire suppression systems? + installation? instructions?
emergency escape and smoke ventilation? smoke extraction staircase?
infrared sight 4 lifeguards, firefighters or first responders?
4 amazing tools: portable hydraulic strongarm 4 firefighters etc, hands free thermal vision (in mask imaging system), in mask heat vision (temperature display etc) or c-thru technology!
there are more amazing tools!
fire extinguishers 4 everyone? every home? companies? + every car !? (highway safety and more!) (+ child safety device!) + fireproof clothing? + cap, gloves, safety glasses etc !
(note: there are different types of fire extinguishers and application fields! powder, foam, water etc)

become a paramedic instructor in future? firefighter? + pump operator (+ driver) ? (volunteer?) high angle rescuer? ambulance driver or nurse?
give it a try! externship? externships?
or
surgery nurse? geriatric nurse? ambulatory care? home care?
(+ specializations? in several areas? wound care management, hygienics, instructor, first aid etc)

(a financial supporter? support fire and rescue departments in your area? (money 4 helmet lamps, new equipment etc. new vehicles? a turntable ladder? 2 turntable ladders? mass casualty ambulance bus?
support air ambulances? or retirement homes !? (see list below)


become a
midwife? or dental assistant ?

shuttle service? (disabled people, seniors, wheelchair user)
towing service or animal protection ?

at least
support animal welfare organizations? sponsorships??
(animal aid unlimited org, hsi org, sea shepherd org)

animal shelters in your area need money 4 food, maintenance work, expansion, staff, new vehicles, security staff, etc.
trips? beach trips? parks? poor dogs :(
(create new jobs? build new sanctuaries? new parks? zoological gardens? more veterinarians + animal hospitals + hospitality)
volunteer work? go walkies?
become an animal caretaker?
maybe... plant a tree? many trees? a walnut tree?? in a park, garden or backyard? crows and other birds would appreciate that.
or a japanese maple tree?

or go vegan ?
potato, zucchini, paprika, cucumber, tomato, rice, fries, ketchup, baked bread etc?
hey its animal friendly :)
vegan cookbooks? give it a try! its tasty

support a protectory? orphanage ? (money 4 disneyland trips or playstation 4?
charity work? palatoschisis or cataract aid organization support? (smiletrain org or operation restore hope e.v.?)
or kids cancer care? educate a child?


parking problems? ( smart parking solution com )
think about the environment. in your city. seriously
more railways + trams !? less cars? more bicycles? more gardens? etc.

or buy solar panels? learn from the solar experts?
emergency exit in a skyscraper? high rise rescue solution? SPARS parachute rescue system? ( cosmic-rs com )

stop abortions? change laws? strict restrictions?


increasing homelessness and pollution = serious problems.
time 4 serious solutions!
time 2 build new quarters? apartments? + assisted living ? (board and care homes)
+ medical examinations, checkups etc (+ dentist) ? care + support + coaching + social integration + employment etc? + small group wellness programs or trips?
NEW projects? (new jobs?) new hotel projects?? (with doctors, carers, nurses, security staff etc, seminar rooms, briefing rooms, a big pool? (+ diving schools?), + sport areas? spa?) + new motels?
serious + fast help? thousands need fast help!

yes, giving money 2 very poor people will make their lives better. they are everywhere. railway stations? 10, 20, 50, 100 ?
or sleeping pads, bags !? tents !? blankets? money 4 drugstore etc? mouth rinse? (caries ! etc.) maybe dog food? or veterinarian? eyes open!
(+ toothbrushes !? (sensitive!), multi-purpose toothpaste? good for those with no specific dental issues! or a specific category of toothpaste !? (caries, parodontitis ! ), mineral water without carbonates (in bottles? 6 x 1,5 L ?), a pocket mirror?, meds ? (toothache ! ), safety scissors?, nail clippers?, warm clothes + accessories?, plastic hand brush?, tissues?, trash bags?, a radio !? + batteries?, flashlight?, first aid kit? (+ wound care cream?, wound disinfection?), a backpack?)
+ cool deodorant spray? after shave? (a little bit better feeling..)

+ lockers !? (2 protect property! ) many lockers + big ones! free? (+ hygienics, sanitation etc)
search these people? help these people? inform these people. provide information? a shuttle service? 2 new quarters?
new jobs? new missions?

more proper facilities? + sanitation? more humanity? not less.
more facilities + better facilities + more employees + upskilling employees etc ?!
(in hospitals, retirement homes, homes for the disabled, homeless etc)
better treatment + more comfort 4 residents, patients etc??

better retirement homes? (better medical equipment? + AEDs, one way keyring r. masks, lifters, CPR simulators, pulse oximeters, seminars, training courses, training!, + regular checks!, trips, furniture (+ all weather outdoor furniture?), therapeutic massage armchairs, automat? drinks?, more wheelchairs (+ replacement) (+ silk or polyester pillows? more comfort? cushioning? (+ shoes? cushioning gel?) padding? less decubitus ! (+ anti decubitus mattress? positive negative pressure mattress?), less contractures ! (+ hand therapy balls?), rollator, protector pads? (elbows, hips ! etc? = less fractures, pain ! etc. safety first! think about your grandparents or older friends 2 ?), medical alert systems? (+ wearable medical alert buttons?), better documentation? (+ better systems?), more bathtubs? (+ more bathing? more assistance?), shampoo + eye shield? (demented patients!), better nail care? + more often? nail clippers 4 every resident?, therapeutics + dental therapeutics? (+ better oral, dental care? less oral thrush !, less periodontitis ! etc), better food? (+ bigger choice?) (+ additional: (4 residents + employees) instant mashed potatoes? (in a cup), vegan soups etc. + a microwave?), paintings + art, coast or beach atmosphere? gardens? botanical gardens? allergy? (plastic plants?), better alert systems (+ internal communication via phones? phones 4 all employees?), animals? pets or birds? allergy? bonsai maple trees? etc. + small jobs 4 residents? a workshop? textile processing? knitting? small kitchen jobs? or board game party? old people = bored 2 ?
balcony or terrace sunset evenings? (all weather outdoor furniture? sunshade? plastic palm tree? beach chair? lighting + lamps? adjustable pedestal fans? (hot days?) all disability friendly?
less isolation? (growing loneliness!) more community oriented activities? + small group trips? (gardens, theatre, museum, dance ball, coasts or beaches? ports?
sometimes? more often?)
higher wages 4 staff? ..much higher :)

(home care patients? they are lonely 2.. most of them!)
time 4 changes. time 4 more happyness. everybody wants 2 be happy! trips? visits? (with pets? no allergy?)

donate clothing?
support 4 daycare centers? (money 4 new furniture, medic courses, + training, equipment? (+ child and baby CPR simulators? etc)
indoor playground or waterpark employees? upskilling? + many more first aid kits (+ better signposts? + fire extinguishers, AEDs, emergency escape, plan, exit, staircase, ladder etc? everywhere? LARGE SIGNS? (+ corridors? on the ceiling? + arrows?) poor eyesight ! + health and safety stickers !? handicap signs or stickers? ), training, equipment, AEDs etc.



easy jobs?
clean-up operations?
bushes, parks, streets, lakes?, harbors?, seas?, coasts?, oceans?
clean up some plastic, broken glass or other trash?
trash = serious danger 4 animals. (pain in the stomach, injuries, die offs etc ):
its time 4 serious cleaning up operations!
(you can use hand nets, nitrile gloves. self protection!)
or use a boat? recycling bins?
(maybe... leave a slice of toast bread? in the shrubs? or on a grass area? for birds. they love it :)
(or walnuts? small pieces. on cold days. winter, autumn etc)
work at night?

(or new school projects? monthly?) volunteers? maybe ask your school teachers?


or maybe visit a diving school? become a diver? 4 mother nature ...

(the plastic trash that floats in the world's oceans actually decompose and release potentially toxic substances into the water)
,,,
lets save marine life :) lets remove some plastic and trash.
many turtles are in trouble struggling with plastic :(


+ better recycling systems all around the world? (+ africa, india, etc?)
+ sanitation? new wells and fresh water 4 animals ? (there are aid agencies)
create new ones? or new jobs?
+ new farms? (fruits, vegetables) + greenhouses? bakery? drug stores + pharmacies? new schools? diving or swimming schools? boat hire !? + life vests?, hand nets (plastic waste = global problem) + international help, assistance?




we need jobs. NO replacement of workers or employees!
we dont need robots etc. stop robot technology + developement. all kinds of it



All comments from YouTube:

@DarkStarz

Bury A Friend Now In Theatres February 19th 2019

@marisabrown2193

ExE OMG THIS IS THE MOST FUNNIEST COMMENT IVE SEEN SO FAR LOL

@Simonvsmith

FUQ YEAH

@DarkStarz

Enchanted Magic 😄

@browniedragon3806

I went there its awsomee

@maryamrahimi9327

That’s my birthday

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@BrianDemong

I like how "I can't say no, I can't say no" in the break has a different meaning when it's repeated only moments later. The first is "figuratively, because I always choose to say yes", and the second implies "literally, because now I have no choice". Great songwriting.

@IC.Y

Je suis dans l'incapacité d'imposer mon NON.
Ma conscience, leur crache à la gueule - leur oui - qu'ils essayent sans succès de m'arracher.
Si je ne peux refuser, jamais je n'accepterai.
Vous avez dit "céder n'est pas accepter".
Ben moi, même céder, je ne le fais pas.
Vous ne m'aurez JAMAIS.
Si je me noie et que vous me tendez une perche.
Mes mains au bord de la suffocation, voudront happer les bouffées d'oxygène qui se présenteront comme salvatrices.
Quand, les sorcières tendront leur spatule, je la saisirai et d'un coup sec, je les entraînerai vers le fond qu'elles ont creusé à mon intention.
Je n'ai plus rien à perdre, ma seule motivation : que le mal rejoigne le monde des créatures malfaisantes.
Je ne dirai jamais tout ce que je sais, et si je le fais tout de même, j'ai affirmé tant de fois le contraire, que ma parole n'a plus de valeur juridique.
Vous m'avez programmé pour que je me sacrifie pour une noble cause. J'ai rencontré beaucoup de pourritures qui étaient des hommes. Mais non, TOUS les hommes NE SONT pas MAUVAIS.
Votre programmation, m'impose de me sacrifier afin de vous faire tomber si vous êtes pires qu'eux. Je ne suis là pour protéger les injustement condamnés, enfants, hommes, femmes, qu'importe leur classification.
Avant, j'étais féministe et mes mots étaient mal compris. J'étais fort jeune et maladroite, je ne comprenais pas les insultes que leur lecture provoquaient.
Ne prenez pas tout au premier degré, please.
N'instaurons pas un monde de vengeance, mais celui de la JUSTICE.
Ayez foi dans le Karma, malgré ma situation catastrophique, je sais qu'il existe.
Pas dans le but de faire souffrir nos tortionnaires mais de compenser nos douleurs passées.
On ne guérit pas la souffrance reçue par une autre plus importante imposée à nos boureaux. Nous serions pires qu'eux.
On vaut mieux, on ne pardonne pas mais on ne va pas gaspiller notre énergie pour des connards.
Bisous Loulous 🥰
IC 🖖

@cailinlong3461

the way you connected that is crazy broo

@batmankissingbatcow

​​​@@hannawurst6064 fuck off that D tier book is a loose collection of fables from multiple authors

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