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Billie Eilish’s “WHEN I WAS OLDER” Takes Inspiration From The Award-Winning Film ‘Roma’

It references themes such as personal pain and heartache.

Billie Eilish just dropped her first single of 2019, “WHEN I WAS OLDER.” Produced by her brother and frequent collaborator FINNEAS, the heavily Auto-Tuned track is inspired by Roma, the Golden Globe-winning film by Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón. The movie follows a young maid who works for an affluent mother of four in 1970s Mexico City, telling a story of class, motherhood, and hardship.

Throughout the song, Billie references themes from Roma such as personal pain and heartache:

I’m goin' over you, I’m overdue for new endeavors
Nobody lonely like I’m lonely and I don’t know whether
You’d really like it in the limelight

Billie is known for vivid storytelling, and she spoke to Genius' Head of Artist Relations Rob Markman about her songwriting methods on an episode of For The Record in April 2018. “You don’t have to go through anything and write about it,” she explained. “Or you can go through everything and write about something else. It’s literally like telling a story.”

“WHEN I WAS OLDER” follows a successful run of 2018 singles including “you should see me in a crown,” “when the party’s over,” and Billie’s Khalid collaboration, “lovely.” With her highly-anticipated debut album on the way, fans have propelled the new track to the Top 10 of the Genius Top Songs chart.

Watch the video above for more, and read all the lyrics to Billie Eilish’s “WHEN I WAS OLDER” on Genius.