Meaning of “All The Good Girls Go To Hell” by Billie Eilish
Billie Eilish is not particularly known for being religious. But in this track, she uses a lot of symbols and characters associated with Christianity to get a message across which reads something like heaven does not really exist, or if it does, most people don’t deserve to be there anyway.
Indeed from the onset of this track and in the outro, which Billie respectively utters the phrases “my Lucifer is lonely” and “I cannot do the snowflake”, you can see that she has mischievous intentions. She depicts heaven as a place where basically anyone can enter as either St. Peter is not on his usual guard duty or even when he is does not seem particularly interested in vetting anyone. She also questions why Peter and co. would be interested in “saving” man in the first place since we are generally foolish and self-destructive.
In terms of the titular phrase “all the good girls go to hell, ‘cause even God herself has enemies”, maybe it is meant to allude to self-righteous people being denied access into heaven. Later in the chorus, she makes a comment about God ultimately needing the help of the devil “once the water starts to rise”. That latter phrase sounds like it may in some way be referring to the Great Deluge, which is well-documented in the Bible. But in terms of God desiring “the Devil on her team”, that’s a bit more-difficult to understand.
Moreover in the post-chorus Eilish again states “my Lucifer is lonely. There’s nothing left to save now. My god is gonna owe me.” When she speaks of her “god”, she is likely once again referring to Lucifer, with “nothing left to save now” perhaps alluding to Billie selling her soul, and as such, now Lucifer is in debt to her.
Ultimately this track deals with a lot of interesting and controversial symbolism. Yet it is difficult to find a definitive theme amongst all the complex spiritual and even occultic topics that are being discussed.
What Billie Eilish has said about this track
In multiple interviews, Eilish has stated categorically that the content of the song deals with climate change. Her brother (FINNEAS), who also co-wrote the song, has said the same.