“I Didn’t Change My Number” by Billie Eilish

It becomes quite obvious from the onset that whom the vocalist is addressing is a romantic interest. And basically, what she is doing is giving him the cold shoulder. That is to say that when he calls, she doesn’t even bother to respond. And she enjoys treating him in such a manner, i.e. making him romantically anxious. 

But at the same time, she’s sort of surprised by his nervous reaction. Yet in the end, she mocks him for being so “obsessed”.

Progressively, the second verse then goes about detailing why it is that she has decided to excommunicate him in the first place. And the way the vocalist presents the matter is that the addressee is pleasant to look at, but the inside doesn’t match the outside. And at the end of the day she has more important things to do, such as working, as opposed to being preoccupied with a toxic partner. 

Then, the wording Billie uses to close out the passage is a bit more challenging to decipher, since she seems to be intentionally mixing up pronouns. But what it ultimately boils down to is her not feeling sorry for him despite his pitiful reaction to being cut off and likewise sympathizing with herself for having fallen for him in the first place.

So the chorus, in which she appears to be flat out dumping him, is even more direct than the verses. Or rather, let’s say that he’s not giving up easily and is responding aversely to no longer being in her favor. But the vocalist’s response is that the addressee should just leave before she too adopts a hostile disposition. 

Who is Laura? Who is Drew?

And one last thing to note is that there are some actual names, “Laura” and “Drew”, dropped in this narrative who are apparently third parties to what is going on. And such references may imply that this is in fact something which Eilish went through in real life.

But as to the aforementioned names, no one currently knows exactly who they are and their connection to Eilish.

"I Didn't Change My Number" Lyrics

But either way, what this song represents is the tale of a lady who has completely lost interest in her lover. As such, she doesn’t mind letting him know that she ‘didn’t change her phone number’. Rather the truth is that she’s simply not responding to his calls.

Release of “I Didn’t Change My Number”

This is the second track on the playlist of Billie Eilish’s sophomore full-length, “Happier Than Ever”, a product of Interscope Records and Darkroom Records, both of whom she signed with in 2016. And this project is the follow-up to her maiden LP, “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”, which was one of the biggest hits of 2019.

This song was made public on 30 July 2021, i.e. the same day upon which “Happier Than Ever” was released. And Billie did tease it in a way beforehand, i.e. featuring certain lyrics on some of the merchandise she sells. Indeed you can currently visit the singer’s apparel site and purchase for instance the $50 “Didn’t Change My Number T-Shirt”.

Did Billie Eilish write this Song?

The main composition team behind Billie Eilish’s songs invariably consist of the currently 19 year old songstress and her older brother, Finneas. Finneas has over the years established himself as a musician in his own right. 

Thus it is the two of them who are credited with writing “I Didn’t Change My Number”. Finneas also went further to produce the track.

I Didn't Change My Number

1 Response

  1. Jess says:

    Drew is her best friend and has been fairly present in her life and Laura (laura Ramsey) was was part her staff (day-to-day manager)

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