Billie Eilish’s “xanny” Explained | Song Stories


[RUSSEL] Billie Eilish gives her take on recreational
drug use with a new self-directed visual for “xanny.” [RUSSEL] “xanny” is the sixth official
video from Billie’s breakout album, ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?’ It features her singing as cigarettes are
put out on her face. [RUSSEL] The song was written after a night
of seeing her friends party a little too hard – and the lyrics find her questioning the
popularity of irresponsible drug use. BILLIE: Just watching my friends become completely
not who they were. Watching their personalities crumple up
and fall. [RUSSEL] The title is a reference to the prescription
drug, Xanax, used for managing anxiety. It’s also become popular for recreational
use, and has shown up in plenty of hip-hop songs. [RUSSEL] Back on “Xanny,” the track also
represents her sadness around the passing of her friend, rapper XXXtentacion. She wrote the tracks days after his murder
and her feelings at that time seem to appear in the song’s uneasy vibe. BILLE: It was really hard. It was especially hard to record that song
because I was really… FINNEAS: Caught up about him. BILLIE: Yeah, I was really emotional about
it. [RUSSEL] The song also touches on Billie’s
dislike for smoking. BILLIE: Kissing someone who tastes like an
ashtray sucks. And it’s not attractive, bro. It’s just not. [RUSSEL] But the jazz-inspired song also emulates
the sound of smoke. BILLIE: I just wanted it to sound the way
that it feels to just breathe in recycled breath. Recycled poisonous breath, I may add. [RUSSEL] Finally, Billie asserts that she
can’t keep friends who abuse drugs with no regard for their lives, while others die
from circumstances beyond their control. And she specifically name-checks a hipster
Southern California town. [RUSSEL] If you’d like to learn more about
“xanny,” hit up the song page on Genius.com. I’m Russel
Abad for Genius News, bringing you the meaning and the knowledge behind the music.

100 thoughts on “Billie Eilish’s “xanny” Explained | Song Stories

  • December 6, 2019 at 6:04 pm
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    https://open.spotify.com/track/0Ab5o5UIkxH3qo29Tnh3vF?si=z78Xci3xQseVCPh2Qv2TWg 👂🏼👂🏼👂🏼👂🏼👂🏼👂🏼👂🏼👂🏼👂🏼👂🏼👂🏼👂🏼👂🏼👂🏼👂🏼👂🏼👂🏼👂🏼👂🏼👂🏼👂🏼👂🏼👂🏼👂🏼👂🏼👂🏼👂🏼👂🏼

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  • December 6, 2019 at 6:04 pm
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    Let me Guess its about Xans 😒

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  • December 6, 2019 at 6:04 pm
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    24

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  • December 6, 2019 at 6:04 pm
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    Won't.

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  • December 6, 2019 at 6:04 pm
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    If you love music Click Here
    https://youtu.be/WqqqA8UP-7g
    I Have to share dope music cant keep it to myself.

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  • December 6, 2019 at 6:04 pm
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    I know the will be less than 1% who probably read this comment but

    have a amazing day

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  • December 6, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    2 dislikes bruh

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  • December 6, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    Billie: has a natural hair colour

    Everyone: wait THATS ILLEGAL

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  • December 6, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    "recycled breath"
    I hate how well she worded that

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  • December 6, 2019 at 6:06 pm
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    who's here before the rest of my Billie Eilish fans see this!?

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  • December 6, 2019 at 6:06 pm
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    Billie Eilish is queen

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  • December 6, 2019 at 6:06 pm
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    I can be Billie friend I am a little girl :3

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  • December 6, 2019 at 6:07 pm
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    Xanny is perfect
    Change my mind

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  • December 6, 2019 at 6:08 pm
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    I'm early :))

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  • December 6, 2019 at 6:08 pm
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    In my opinion, I like Billie's natural hair color. She looks really good. The video was amazing as usual

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  • December 6, 2019 at 6:09 pm
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    Billie is my daddy

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  • December 6, 2019 at 6:09 pm
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    Who wrote this one for you billie

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  • December 6, 2019 at 6:10 pm
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    this isnt music, complete nonsense with no direction.

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  • December 6, 2019 at 6:10 pm
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    eating an avocado while listening to billies music hits different too.

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  • December 6, 2019 at 6:11 pm
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    i am a rapper

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  • December 6, 2019 at 6:16 pm
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    The video is so simple
    but the goes so deep

    I love that

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  • December 6, 2019 at 6:17 pm
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    All the dislike from People Who take xan and smoke cigs

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  • December 6, 2019 at 6:17 pm
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    Everyone's FIRST and everyone is a RAPPER…

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  • December 6, 2019 at 6:32 pm
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    At the time I first listened/watched the video, I couldn't quite hear all the lyrics. I wanted to fully understand the song and visual, which both of I appreciate. Thanks Genius.

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  • December 6, 2019 at 6:36 pm
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    whoa only 54 comment bruhhh

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  • December 6, 2019 at 6:38 pm
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    Fuck that. Pop some Xanny.

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  • December 6, 2019 at 6:40 pm
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    add me on snapchat:jake.jakei. I’m 17

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  • December 6, 2019 at 6:49 pm
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    i always thought xanny was about leaving a toxic friendship but ig the meaning was more literal

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  • December 6, 2019 at 6:49 pm
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    silver lake is like the fucking disease of L.A

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  • December 6, 2019 at 6:51 pm
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    I know the will be less than 1% who probably read this comment but

    have a amazing day

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  • December 6, 2019 at 6:51 pm
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    ЕСТЬ КТО ИЗ РОССИИ 😂😂🇷🇺
    https://youtu.be/EquHmpluZng

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  • December 6, 2019 at 6:57 pm
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    Genius is a big Billie Eilish fan account now

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  • December 6, 2019 at 7:05 pm
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    Billie eyelash is weird and trash

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  • December 6, 2019 at 7:07 pm
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    She is edge for the sake of being edge. Comes from a rich family and is now a emo girl. Pretty sure I've seen this movie.

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  • December 6, 2019 at 7:12 pm
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    genius should make videos in Spanish, like the same videos but with Spanish subtitles.

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  • December 6, 2019 at 7:12 pm
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    CHECK OUT THIS 🔥🔥INSTRUMENTAL REAMAKE: https://youtu.be/DtE2Jf7WwI8

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  • December 6, 2019 at 7:38 pm
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    omg she looks cute with brown hair

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  • December 6, 2019 at 7:39 pm
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    Who else saw the new guy and went straight to the comments?🤣🤣

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  • December 6, 2019 at 7:43 pm
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    You should see this😹😹😹

    Dear billie ellish🔥👇🏾👇🏾
    https://youtu.be/19GQdk5_lqc

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  • December 6, 2019 at 7:50 pm
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    the title is a reference to the prescription drug xanax WOAH REALLY

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  • December 6, 2019 at 8:09 pm
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    aye can somebody tell me who tf this nigga is ?

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  • December 6, 2019 at 8:09 pm
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    Ugh those nails

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  • December 6, 2019 at 8:18 pm
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    “When you talk to someone who is intoxicated, you’re speaking to the real them”
    – Anonymous

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  • December 6, 2019 at 8:18 pm
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    I thought this was gonna be Billie singing the lyrics🙃

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  • December 6, 2019 at 8:19 pm
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    I thought this was gonna be Billie singing the lyrics 🙃

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  • December 6, 2019 at 8:34 pm
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    https://youtu.be/7_mjkq19VFg

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  • December 6, 2019 at 8:34 pm
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    https://youtu.be/7_mjkq19VFg
    REAL HİP HOP

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  • December 6, 2019 at 8:35 pm
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    She’s overrated 😪

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  • December 6, 2019 at 8:37 pm
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    But what does the bench say?

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  • December 6, 2019 at 8:51 pm
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    Billie w this brown wing really has me questioning

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  • December 6, 2019 at 9:11 pm
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    When I daydream,
    where do I go ?
    Wouldn't you
    like to know.

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  • December 6, 2019 at 9:43 pm
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    check out my track https://youtu.be/YIRaKWN16Vw

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  • December 6, 2019 at 9:43 pm
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    Please
    Xanny make it go away

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  • December 6, 2019 at 9:48 pm
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    I am here before 20000 views.

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  • December 6, 2019 at 9:51 pm
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    If you would like to learn more about xanny…..

    take a few

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  • December 6, 2019 at 10:10 pm
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    I can’t be the only one who thought the video was really boring😂🤷‍♂️

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  • December 6, 2019 at 10:15 pm
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    BILLIE EILLISH IS TRASH .
    😴😴😴😴😴😴😴😴😴😴
    😴😴😴😴😴😴😴😴😴😴
    😴😴😴😴😴😴😴😴😴😴

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  • December 6, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    I was waiting for this 🥰🥰🥰🥳🥳🥳🥳

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  • December 6, 2019 at 10:23 pm
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    ten-tae-SION

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  • December 6, 2019 at 10:49 pm
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    xanny, how you feel?

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  • December 6, 2019 at 11:06 pm
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    DONT SLEEP ON THE QUEEN PEOPLE OF GENIUS…………..

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  • December 6, 2019 at 11:22 pm
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    oh man this depresive generation makes me depressed

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  • December 6, 2019 at 11:45 pm
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    shes sucks god damn

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  • December 6, 2019 at 11:46 pm
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    Who else watched this just because they love Billie and already knew what it was about?!❤️

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  • December 6, 2019 at 11:51 pm
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    Xanny.
    https://youtu.be/IxKmSRZ9-m0

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  • December 6, 2019 at 11:51 pm
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    Respect for this

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  • December 6, 2019 at 11:51 pm
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    Basic

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  • December 7, 2019 at 12:11 am
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    In case you guys didn’t get the message. STOP MAKING, SELLING AND SMOKING CIGARETTES!!!!!!

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  • December 7, 2019 at 12:34 am
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    DYED HAIR OR NOT BILLIE WILL ALWAYS LOOK GOOD

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  • December 7, 2019 at 1:30 am
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    Already can y’all wait till da song up for a day dangg

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  • December 7, 2019 at 1:42 am
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    Oh she’s corny ok

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  • December 7, 2019 at 2:10 am
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    content warning for the r slur

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  • December 7, 2019 at 2:52 am
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    “I’m so quirky I don’t do drugs and drink like everyone else”

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  • December 7, 2019 at 3:14 am
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    No fair. How she look good in every hair colour.

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  • December 7, 2019 at 3:37 am
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    she's dressed as a cigarette

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  • December 7, 2019 at 3:54 am
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    She was obviously on xans long before that song came out

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  • December 7, 2019 at 4:01 am
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    love this. for anyone in the comments interested, I've posted piano renditions of billie songs on my channel!

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  • December 7, 2019 at 4:20 am
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    Eilish Billie ❤🇭🇹HAITI

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  • December 7, 2019 at 4:22 am
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    wow awesome!!🔥🔥🔥

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  • December 7, 2019 at 5:54 am
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    She looks like a cigarette in this outfit

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  • December 7, 2019 at 6:27 am
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    I think Billie is kinda like t hff e girl version of Joji but more darker

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  • December 7, 2019 at 8:12 am
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    Who dis new dude?

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  • December 7, 2019 at 8:28 am
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    Easy to rag on people when youre rich and famous hahah always people with great lives talking down about people coping

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  • December 7, 2019 at 9:36 am
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    I just wanted to say THAT SHE'S KILLING IT WITH EVERY SINGLE HAIR COLOR ….like how

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  • December 7, 2019 at 10:50 am
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    Explained

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  • December 7, 2019 at 11:06 am
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    check my video for xanny: https://youtu.be/X4cPw_rG2Co
    thank you🖤

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  • December 7, 2019 at 1:34 pm
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    Wassup guys! I dropped 3 songs (one musicvideo) so it would mean the world 2 me if you would give sol honest feedback. Having so much fun with music lately! Love ❤️

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  • December 7, 2019 at 2:27 pm
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    I had a Billie ad

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  • December 7, 2019 at 3:45 pm
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    Im crying so much god damn …. pff

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  • December 7, 2019 at 5:36 pm
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    STOP SHOVING THIS CHICK DOWN OUR THROATS

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  • December 7, 2019 at 7:52 pm
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    Pls tell me I am not the only guy who is watching this

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  • December 7, 2019 at 8:33 pm
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    Okay this song sends such a message, and it hits different when you have the same point of view on cigarettes and drugs.

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  • December 7, 2019 at 8:37 pm
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    Rip X 😭

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  • December 7, 2019 at 8:43 pm
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    Oh please girl – give me a break ……..who invited Anne Frank yikes

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  • December 7, 2019 at 11:23 pm
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    Genius is a Billie Eilish fan

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  • December 7, 2019 at 11:24 pm
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    I'm still waiting for that day when an artist explains the whole song

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  • December 7, 2019 at 11:55 pm
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    it's a straight edge tune.anti-drug/s tune.

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  • December 7, 2019 at 11:56 pm
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    ashtray breath

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  • December 8, 2019 at 1:10 am
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    I thought it was a diss to lil xan

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  • December 8, 2019 at 1:31 am
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    you don’t need to explain it’s pretty clear

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