Male Fantasy
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[Verse 1]
Home alone, tryin’ not to eat
Distract myself with pornography
I hate the way she looks at me
I can’t stand the dialogue, she would never be
That satisfied, it’s a male fantasy
I’m goin’ back to therapy

[Chorus]
‘Cause I loved you then, and I love you now
And I don’t know how
Guess it’s hard to know when nobody else comes around
If I’m getting over you
Or just pretending to
Be alright, convince myself I hate you

[Interlude]
(Want me to sing in here?)
(Okay)

[Verse 2]
I got a call from a girl I used to know
We were inseparablе years ago
Thought we’d get along, but it wasn’t so
And it’s all I think about whеn I’m behind the wheel
I worry this is how I’m always gonna feel
But nothing lasts, I know the deal

[Chorus]
But I loved you then, and I love you now
And I don’t know how
Guess it’s hard to know when nobody else comes around
If I’m getting over you
Or just pretending to
Be alright, convince myself I hate you

[Outro]
Can’t get over you
No matter what I do
I know I should, but I could never hate youHappier Than Ever closes with this melancholy ballad with Billie reflecting on a recent heartbreak. She opens the song with a reference to the ‘male fantasy’ to highlight the difference between real and fake love.The “Male Fantasy” is a common trope in which the entertainment industry is said to be dominated by straight, white men, and thus most of the media we consume is produced through that lens. There is a growing critique of how much media is engineered to “appeal to the male fantasy”, leaving women to be objectified or marginalized in the cultural narrative.While the nature of the “male fantasy” is not intrinsically sexual, it often can be. Striking fame at the age of 16, Billie is no stranger to this idea. She has publicly decried such efforts to both sexualize and demonize her for her body (this idea is also explored on “Not My Responsibility”).“Male Fantasy” is really a hopeless realization and a horrible thing. It’s terrible to feel something that you don’t want to feel. “Happier Than Ever” was actually gonna close the album and then we wrote “Male Fantasy” and it actually felt better to close it with that. Not ending on a angry note, I think, was important ‘cause nothing should end on a bad note, I feel like.— Billie Eilish via Spotify

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