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.

Lyrics of All The Good Girls Go To Hell

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.

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12 Responses

  1. JustYuki says:

    when she said “Cause even God herself” why use the term “herself” who is this ‘she’ she speaks of?

  2. Emily says:

    “When the water rises” probably refers to global warming

    • elena says:

      I think it refers to if it ever happened that it would happen and earth flooded, heave would likely to be drowned and therefore they would have to seek shelter in hell because that part wouldn’t be affected by overground situations and she would have to seek the devil and get her on her team and help her. (in my opinion).

      • Shuta ka says:

        Your actually right, if were going to read the description of the song in YouTube, you can see Billie’s note about climate change….. And at the video it self you can see that billie has wings and then she falls down into an oil like substance which is a thing, and symbolizes like the oil spills that can kill animals, and then things started to burn, which symbolizes that eart is warming up, then at the song she said, “and once the water starts to rise” which is an effect of global warming, the melting of ice caps, which adds water to the ocean, making the water to rise up…. And then she mentions lucifer, which means that earth is a gift to us by God, but we destroys it instead of taking care of it… Even though there’s no heaven or even there is, we are not worthy to go there because we are sinners, so don’t make this song evil because you don’t know the deeper meaning of this… (I was redering to those who hates billie and her songs)

  3. ewzxcuyityoiubhn says:

    who is peter in the song? and i agree

  4. Scarlett says:

    sorry it appeared twice, that was an accident

  5. Chloe Sutherland says:

    What the heck does “I cannot do this snowflake” mean? It just sounds like something Billie Eilish would say! ^_^

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