hostage - Billie Eilish




The Experience: Hold you like a hostage... Possessive isn't loving...


Music video: The same gold chain connects them and they're both in white. But hers are satin pajamas and his are reminiscent of a lab patient's scrubs. That's the first indication something is off, and the visuals progress from tender love to the boy wrapped up like a fly in a web, being drawn towards the spider reveling in her game of cat and mouse... and hungry.

The Meaning of hostage: In an interview with W Magazine, Billie Eilish said, "People are terrified of me, and I want them to be. Smiling makes me feel weak and not in control and not powerful and small". Hostage plays into that dynamic of control. The music starts off tender, but as the composition grows in complexity it grows darker and creepier. The humming adds danger to the melancholy as Billie sings let me crawl inside your veins I'll build a wall and give you a ball and chain. An ominous base line gives the lie to the otherwise romantic gold on your fingertips fingertips against my cheek. It's a toxic relationship where hold you becomes hold you like a hostage. He's a treasure that's only cherished because it's locked up in my treasure chest. It's possession, not love.

Ask yourself: Are you loved? Or are you possessed? Can you tell the difference?

Album: dont smile at me (2018)

LYRICS:


I wanna be alone
Alone with you, does that make sense?
I wanna steal your soul
And hide you in my treasure chest

I don't know what to do
To do with your kiss on my neck
I don't know what feels true
But this feels right so stay a sec
Yeah, you feel right so stay a sec

And let me crawl inside your veins
I'll build a wall, give you a ball and chain
It's not like me to be so mean
You're all I wanted
Just let me hold you like a hostage

Gold on your fingertips
Fingertips against my cheek
Gold leaf across your lips
Kiss me until I can't speak

Gold chain beneath your shirt
The shirt that you let me wear home
Gold's fake and real love hurts
And nothing hurts when I'm alone
When you're with me and we're alone

And let me crawl inside your veins
I'll build a wall, give you a ball and chain
It's not like me to be so mean
You're all I wanted
Just let me hold you
Hold you like a hostage
Like a hostage


review by Benjamin O'Loughlin
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