Getting Older
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[Verse 1]
I’m gettin’ older, I think I’m agin’ well
I wish someone had told me I’d be doin’ this by myself
There’s reasons that I’m thankful, there’s a lot I’m grateful for
But it’s different when a stranger’s always waitin’ at your door
Which is ironic ’cause the strangers seem to want me more
Than anyone before (Anyone before)
Too bad they’re usually deranged

[Verse 2]
Last week, I realized I crave pity
When I retell a story, I make everything sound worse
Can’t shake the feeling that I’m just bad at healing
And maybe that’s the reason every sentence sounds rehearsed
Which is ironic because when I wasn’t honest
I was still bein’ ignored (Lyin’ for attention just to get neglection)
Now we’re estranged

[Chorus]
Things I once enjoyed
Just keep me employed now
Things I’m longing for
Someday, I’ll be bored of
It’s so weird
That we care so much until we don’t

[Verse 3]
I’m gettin’ older, I’ve got more on my shoulders
But I’m gettin’ better at admitting when I’m wrong
I’m happier than ever, at least, that’s my endeavor
To keep myself together and prioritize my pleasure
‘Cause, to be honest, I just wish that what I promise
Would depend on what I’m given, mmm (Not on his permission)
(Wasn’t my decision) To be abused, mmm

[Chorus]
Things I once enjoyed
Just keep me employed now
Things I’m longing for, mmm
Someday, I’ll be bored of
It’s so weird
That we care so much until we don’t

[Outro]
But next week, I hope I’m somewhere laughin’
For anybody asking, I promise I’ll be fine
I’ve had some trauma, did things I didn’t wanna
Was too afraid to tell ya, but now, I think it’s time“Getting Older” is the vulnerable introductory track to Billie Eilish’s sophomore album, Happier Than Ever.Over a delicate plucking synth beat, Billie covers various sensitive subjects including stalkers, a growing sense of responsibility, personal revelations, and past trauma. Billie varies the use of her voice, with soft, quiet vocals and yodelling-like vocals.Prior to the album, this song was teased with the lyrics: “I’ve had some trauma, did things I didn’t wanna
Was too afraid to tell ya, but now, I think it’s time” In Billie’s cover of the Rolling Stone.I had to take a break in the middle of writing that one, and I wanted to cry, because it was so revealing. And it’s just the truth.“Getting Older” was tough to write ‘cause it’s a very revealing song talking about things that I only at the time had just felt I realized about myself and felt insecure about and wanted to talk about. I don’t know, I think that that happens a lot and it should be completely welcomed, is realizing stuff years later. You sometimes don’t realize what’s going on around you until a really long time later or realize what you feel until years later.— Billie Eilish via Spotify

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