Disturbing Billie Eilish song ‘Bury a friend’
To put it plainly, the songs sung by Billie Eilish are depressing. The lyrics and music video have clearly dark elements. She is extremely popular among teens with millions of followers on Spotify, Instagram, and one of the most-watched music videos on YouTube.
This sort of “dark imagery” began in the seventies and fifty years later, the devil is in plain sight. Kathy Perry, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Ellie Goulding, and Miley Cyrus became wildly popular when they included witchcraft and lewd behavior. Billie outdid them all by endorsing demonic elements in her music at 16 years old. Satan no longer hides and kids think its cool.
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Satan no longer hides and kids think its cool
Shock value in music
The “shock value” in entertainment is no longer shocking. Psychologist Shoshana Dayanim studies the effects of media on kids. She said that when a young child sees satanic imagery, it sees it as a cartoon devil dressed for Halloween. Thus, continuous exposure can desensitize anyone. If unguarded, their worldview becomes that of what they hear and see.
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My daughter fought for Billie!
When I was doing this blog, my tween actually cried because she thought I was mean to Billie Eilish. She ignored me and continued to listen to Bille’s songs. After a few months, she sees this new video, “All the good girls go to hell.” Then she tells me profusely how much she “hates” Billie now.
She said, “Dad, you should watch her video, she’s evil, she’s demonic, she even mocked Jesus, I don’t like her anymore.” I told her, “remember, I told you so?” Then she said, “I’ll pray for Billie.”
She said, Ill pray for Billie
So what changed her mind? I never impose what music my kids want to listen to, it’s their choice. All I did was to pray that in time, may God reveal to her what she needs to know, and God did.
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‘Bury a friend’
Step on the glass, staple your tongue.
Bury a friend, try to wake up.
Cannibal class, killing the sun.
Bury a friend, I wanna end me.
For the debt, I owe, gotta sell my soul.
‘Cause I can’t say no, no, I can’t say no.
The song’s meaning
‘Bury a friend’ is literally from the perspective of the monster under the bed. “If you put yourself in that mindset, what is this creature doing or feeling?” Billie said. “The whole album clicked in my head… I immediately knew what it was going to be about, what the visuals were going to be, and everything in terms of how I wanted it to be perceived”.
“It just clicked in my head”
The poetry behind the song is desperation, even suicide with the lyrics “I wanna end me.” The music video itself is depressing. Its message is simple: Life is hopeless. Furthermore, the song’s bridge “gotta sell my soul” is a devilish declaration. Like Ellie Goulding, she admits she “kind of get possessed by the devil” when performing.
Where did all these ideas come from? The Bible is clear, in the last days, many will follow deceitful spirits and the teachings of demons (1 Timothy 4:1).
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Everything I do
The way I wear my noose
Like a necklace
I lost my mind; I don’t mind
Where’s my mind
This song has now 200 Million views and counting. Imagine the message it sends to its young audience. Music blog Idolator referred to Bellyache as a “sinister synth-anthem that positively seethes fury and frustration. You don’t have to go far to the lyrics.
‘You should see me in a crown’
You should see me in a crown
I’m gonna run this nothing town
Watch me make ’em bow
One by one by one
This song was released in August 2018. By April 2019, almost 100 Million have watched the video. There’s no beating around the bush in the imagery of “crown with a cross,” where Satan, using Billie clearly mocks Christ. He tells the world he’s gonna win this battle. No wonder, Jesus tells us to pray for His second coming. The fall of Satan is imminent when Christ returns (Revelation 12:9), and he is desperate and scared as hell.
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Depression and suicide rates are up
Each year, almost 5,000 young people, ages 15 to 24, kill themselves. What surrounds your child affects their mindset. The enemy prowls to devour us (1 Peter 5:8) and kids are an easy target (John 10:10).
My teenage son listened to her for a while. He said, “I liked her, she had that smile before but now, she looks depressing. Contrary to songs of hopelessness, we have hope in Jesus.
Pray for Billie
Depression and suicide are clear elements in her brand of music. I sincerely hope that Billie and the rest of those who listen to her will not fall into deep deception. I too have teenage daughters and I want them to be surrounded by music that helps them look forward to life with joy and happiness.
Contrary to Billie Eilish’s songs
of hopelessness, we have hope in Jesus