i love you
Billie Eilish Lyrics


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It's not true
Tell me I've been lied to
Cryin' isn't like you
Ooh
What the hell did I do?
Never been the type to
Let someone see right through
Ooh

Maybe won't you take it back?
Say you were tryna make me laugh
And nothin' has to change today
You didn't mean to say, "I love you"
I love you and I don't want to
Ooh

Up all night on another red eye
I wish we never learned to fly
I
Maybe we should just try
To tell ourselves a good lie
I didn't mean to make you cry
I

Maybe won't you take it back?
Say you were tryna make me laugh
And nothin' has to change today
You didn't mean to say, "I love you"
I love you and I don't want to
Ooh

The smile that you gave me
Even when you felt like dyin'

We fall apart as it gets dark
I'm in your arms in Central Park
There's nothin' you could do or say
I can't escape the way I love you
I don't want to, but I love you
Ooh
Ooh
Ooh




Ooh
Ooh

Overall Meaning

The song "i love you" by Billie Eilish is a melancholic reflection on a relationship that is coming to its end. The song starts with the lyrics, "It's not true, Tell me I've been lied to, Cryin' isn't like you," which suggests that the singer has been hurt or betrayed by their partner. The next line, "What the hell did I do?" shows that the singer takes some responsibility for the demise of the relationship. The line "never been the type to let someone see right through" suggests that the singer has been hiding their true feelings and thoughts.


The singer then asks their significant other to take back the words "I love you" because they don't want to hear it. The bridge of the song changes the tone to a more positive one. The singer reminisces about the good times they had together, singing about late nights and sunny days in Central Park. They also acknowledge that they can't escape their feelings of love for their partner, despite their wishes to move on. The song ends on the same somber note it began, with the singer repeating "Ooh" in a mournful tone.


Overall, "i love you" is a heart-wrenching portrayal of a relationship that has lost its spark. The lyrics suggest pain, regret, and a longing for things to go back to the way they were. The song captures the complex emotions surrounding the end of a relationship, specifically the struggle to let go of someone you love.


Line by Line Meaning

It's not true
The singer is calling into question the validity of something they were told or believed to be true.


Tell me I've been lied to
The singer is seeking clarification as to whether or not they were deceived.


Cryin' isn't like you
The singer is surprised that the person they are addressing is displaying emotions that are uncharacteristic of them.


Ooh
This is an interjection that expresses surprise or emotion in response to the previous statement.


What the hell did I do?
The artist is confused and seeking explanation for why the other person is upset or emotional.


Never been the type to
The singer is establishing that they typically do not exhibit the behavior that is currently being displayed by the other person.


Let someone see right through
The singer is acknowledging that the other person is able to discern their true feelings or thoughts.


Maybe won't you take it back?
The artist is asking the other person to retract their statement or action that caused them distress.


Say you were tryna make me laugh
The artist is asking the other person to explain that their intention was to be lighthearted or humorous, not serious.


And nothin' has to change today
The artist wants to maintain the status quo and not have any significant changes to their relationship at the moment.


You didn't mean to say, "I love you"
The singer is asking the other person to clarify that they did not actually mean to express romantic feelings for them.


I love you and I don't want to
The artist is admitting that they have feelings for the other person but does not want it to complicate their current dynamic.


Up all night on another red eye
The singer is describing a sleepless night on a long flight.


I wish we never learned to fly
The singer expresses regret at potentially losing their connection due to physical distance or travel.


Maybe we should just try
The singer is proposing a possible solution to their situation.


To tell ourselves a good lie
The artist suggests that they could pretend that their emotions for each other do not exist in order to maintain their existing relationship.


I didn't mean to make you cry
The artist is apologizing for causing the other person emotional distress.


The smile that you gave me
The singer recalls a positive moment they shared with the other person.


Even when you felt like dyin'
The singer notes that the other person was able to smile despite feeling emotional pain or distress.


We fall apart as it gets dark
The artist is acknowledging that they experience turmoil or distance as their relationship progresses.


I'm in your arms in Central Park
The artist reminisces a romantic moment they shared with the other person.


There's nothin' you could do or say
The artist acknowledges that they cannot help the fact that they have developed feelings for the other person.


I can't escape the way I love you
The singer is confessing that they have strong feelings for the other person that they cannot control or ignore.


Ooh
This is an interjection that expresses emotion or emphasis on the artist's previous statement.


Ooh
This is an interjection that expresses emotion or emphasis on the singer's previous statement.


Ooh
This is an interjection that expresses emotion or emphasis on the singer's previous statement.


Ooh
This is an interjection that expresses emotion or emphasis on the singer's previous statement.


Ooh
This is an interjection that expresses emotion or emphasis on the artist's previous statement.




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

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@jeetsavla2265

[Verse 1]
It's not true
Tell me I’ve been lied to
Crying isn't like you, ooh
What the hell did I do?
Never been the type to
Let someone see right through, ooh

[Chorus]
Maybe won't you take it back?
Say you were tryna make me laugh
And nothing has to change today
You didn’t mean to say "I love you"
I love you and I don't want to, ooh

[Verse 2]
Up all night on another red-eye
I wish we never learned to fly
Maybe we should just try
To tell ourselves a good lie
Didn't mean to make you cry

[Chorus]
Maybe won't you take it back?
Say you were tryna make me laugh
And nothing has to change today
You didn't mean to say "I love you"
I love you and I don't want to, ooh

[Bridge]
The smile that you gave me
Even when you felt like dying

[Outro]
We fall apart as it gets dark
I'm in your arms in Central Park
There's nothing you could do or say
I can’t escape the way I love you
I don’t want to, but I love you, ooh
Ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh



All comments from YouTube:

@theturtle3891

billie: "I didn't mean to make you cry"


everyone: cries

@ellie.1299

Very true

@hannahm0ntana

"cry sorry I had to

@theturtle3891

@@hannahm0ntana done

@hopefuldavid3320

Nah

@misi8985

I was going to give you a like but u have 666 likes so I want to keep it that way

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@briandresser2478

When the crowd joins in to "I love you" doesn't get any better than that

@aldri9169

Omgaswh

@marilyn3624

Brian Dresser I got the chills lmao

@LeWolfus

i can totally die in peace now.

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