Billy Not Really – Unlocking the Chaos of Inner Battles


You can view the lyrics, alternate interprations and sheet music for Death Grips's Billy Not Really at Lyrics.org.
Article Contents:
  1. Music Video
  2. Lyrics
  3. Song Meaning
  4. The Echo of the Ego: Dissecting the ‘Why Me’ Crisis
  5. A Mystical Journey Through Spiritual Mediums
  6. The Illusion of Amnesia: A Ritual of Forgetting
  7. Memorable Lines: ‘Sucky-sucky / Sticky psyche touching’
  8. Unveiling the Hidden Meaning: The odd Mankind in the Mirror

Lyrics

Oh, why me why me, oh, I mean oh my me
Don’t see why I need all these hairs can’t stand by these
Oh, why me, why me, oh, I mean oh my me
Don’t see why I need all these hairs can’t stand by thee

All my palm lines running, stretching
‘Cross my palm like blind cross etching
Palm mummified, cotton era filming
Bronze my palm now, all brown palmed now
Visits some medium
Won’t come near me
Treats me like a meteor
She scares me
My bony
Now, now, Billy, not really
My bony
Now, now, Billy, not really

Yo, oi, yo
Ooh, ahh
Billy, Billy, not really
Yo
Raw
Yo, oi, yo
Ahh
Billy, Billy, not really
Yo, oi, yo
Amnesia
Yo, oi, yo
Ooh, ahh
Billy, Billy, not really
Yo
Raw
Yo, oi, yo
Ahh
Billy, Billy, not really
Yo, oi, yo
Amnesia

Oh, why me, why me, oh, I mean oh my me
Don’t see why I need all these hairs can’t stand by these
Oh, why me, why me, oh, I mean oh my me
Don’t see why I need all these hairs can’t stand by thee

Every movement after sudden movement
Déjà-vu abducting
Sucky-sucky
Sticky psyche touching
So many sensory
Dripping dripping dripping splashing splashing happening
Already
Now, now, Billy, not really

Oh, why me, why me, oh, I mean oh my me
Don’t see why I need all these hairs can’t stand by thee
My bony
Now, now, Billy, not really
My bony
Now, now, Billy, not really

Amnesia

Yo, oi, yo
Ooh, ahh
Billy, Billy, not really
Yo
Raw
Yo, oi, yo
Ahh
Billy, Billy, not really
Yo, oi, yo
Amnesia

Odd man
Tsunami feral
Get barreled in other worlds
No hand in sea of pearls
Buried in frozen Jheri curls
Odd man
Herzog
Shootin’ solitaire
No hands
Have one over
Shocker glares
Zulu somnambulic stare
Flick up my wrist
Ooh, shit
Ooh, ah-ooh shit
Phantom lips
Crude lips
I’m in eyelid exclusive
Flick up my wrist
Oooh, shit
Ooh, ah-ooh shit
Flick up my wrist
Aw, shit
Ahh
I’m not shit

She turnin’ telly
Through the shriveled button quest jaundiced yellow
She’s your experience with your experiment
No false symbol flied glit in oh please shock me so sorry falsetto
You’re her experiment
She’s your experience

Full Lyrics

The sonic assault that is Death Grips’ ‘Billy Not Really’ off their 2014 album ‘Niggas on the Moon’ is a jigsaw puzzle of cryptic lyrics, frenetic energy, and experimental rap. The song seems to operate on the fringe of coherence, splicing together images and sounds into a narrative that reflects inner turmoil and fragmented identity.

To dissect ‘Billy Not Really’ is to step into a temporal distortion; it’s a maelstrom of thoughts, a furious dialogue with the self that challenges the listener to find meaning within chaos. The song is a test of one’s willingness to dive into the unknown realms of existential angst musically translated by Death Grips’ provocative artistry.

The Echo of the Ego: Dissecting the ‘Why Me’ Crisis

The song’s recurring refrain, ‘Oh, why me, why me, oh, I mean oh my me’ serves as a haunting echo of the ego. It suggests a confrontation with the self, an ongoing internal dialogue filled with existential questioning. This refrain punctuates the track, bringing listener’s focus back to the central theme of the individual’s struggle against their circumstances and the angst that ensails.

By repetitively questioning his association with ‘all these hairs,’ the speaker seems to express a desire to disconnect from the superficial, possibly symbolizing a disdain for material attachment or human vanity that society demands. The lyrics in this context could represent the struggle to maintain individuality amidst external pressures to conform.

A Mystical Journey Through Spiritual Mediums

The verse ‘Visits some medium / Won’t come near me / Treats me like a meteor / She scares me’ weaves esoteric and mysterious elements into the song. Death Grips often infuse their music with abstract symbolism, and here, the invocation of a medium could symbolize attempts at understanding deeper truths or communicating with parts of the psyche that are usually hidden.

The medium’s fear and distance toward the speaker may reflect the idea that some inner aspects of our identity can be overwhelming or alien, even to those who claim to understand the metaphysical world. This line suggests that certain truths about our inner selves are so profound or unsettling that they are best left unexplored.

The Illusion of Amnesia: A Ritual of Forgetting

As the words ‘Amnesia’ cyclically puncture the soundscape, it feels like an incantation. What is being forgotten—or who wishes to forget? The constant repetition of ‘Billy, not really’ right before the word ‘amnesia’ touches on the notion of denying one’s own identity or rejecting parts of oneself in an attempt to cope with unpleasant realities or past traumas.

Perhaps ‘Billy’ is an alter ego, a side of the psyche that is being actively suppressed, or even a representation of the average conformist individual that the narrator disassociates from. The refrain ‘not really’ then comes across as a defensive mechanism, a way to disavow certain truths or the inherent connection we all share with ‘Billy,’ whoever or whatever that may represent.

Memorable Lines: ‘Sucky-sucky / Sticky psyche touching’

Among the torrent of disturbing and bizarre imagery, phrases like ‘Sucky-sucky / Sticky psyche touching’ make a particular impact. They are sensory and almost visceral in their evocation, juxtaposing the intimate with the invasive, speaking to the song’s rhythmic penetration of the listener’s comfort zone.

These lines portray a psyche in conflict, desiring to touch and be touched, yet finding the experience overwhelming, even violating. It’s a powerful metaphor for how our deepest desires for connection and understanding can often result in a convoluted mess of emotions and experiences, leaving us more isolated in the process.

Unveiling the Hidden Meaning: The odd Mankind in the Mirror

The phrase ‘Odd man / Tsunami feral’ could be viewed as an acknowledgment of the strangeness within us all—the odd man out that exists in the peripheries of our self-conception. The ferality of a tsunami depicts an uncontainable force, possibly the untamed and raw aspects of human nature that, like a natural disaster, are powerful and unpredictable.

When MC Ride refers to the ‘Odd man’ again, aligning him with ‘Herzog’ and ‘Shootin’ solitaire,’ it seems to carry an insinuation of introspection and self-imposed isolation akin to the works of the director Werner Herzog, known for his profound narratives. It’s a self-image of the artist at work, solitary and singular in their vision, a role that Death Grips themselves often embody in the landscape of contemporary music.

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