The biggest “f you” anthem of 2020 has arrived and its from the princess of dark pop herself, Billie Eilish. ‘Therefore I am’ is the fourth single taken from Billie’s highly-anticipated second studio album, which won’t be released until she can safely tour.
“I think, therefore I am”, is a famous statement coined by philosopher René Descartes. On her new single, Billie brings the sentiment into the 21st century, delivering it like it’s been ripped from a page within Regina George’s burn book.
The old philosophical statement demonstrates the fact you can’t doubt that you exist because you’re the one having that doubt. Think about that for a second. Deep.
But in the context of Billie’s new banger, fans believe she’s telling those who try to use her name for clout to cut it out because she’s “not your friend.”
In the self-directed music video for ‘Therefore I Am’, Billie is seen racing around an empty shopping mall with a pretzel, helping herself to slush puppies and Chipotle, aka living her true best life.
Billie has spoken openly in the past of her relationship with fame and her ability to separate herself from certain illusions and stay grounded.
Get my pretty name out of your mouthBillie Eilish – Therefore I am
We are not the same with or without
Don’t talk ’bout me like how you might know how I feel
Top of the world but your world isn’t real
Your world’s an ideal
So go have fun I really couldn’t care less
And you can give ’em my best, but just know
I’m not your friend, or anything
In an interview with Zane Lowe, Billie said she wants to leave the meaning of ‘Therefore I Am’ open for interpretation.
She explained: “If I think about it from an outside perspective, this one, I’d be satisfied, you know, if I was a fan. This song is very, very up for interpretation. I’m curious to see what people get from it and also what they feel when they hear it. Yeah, it’s a little mean, a little bit.”
‘Therefore I Am’ has proved Billie’s at her best when she’s “a little bit” mean. Stream below.