Meaning of “Hostage” by Billie Eilish

“Hostage” is a love song by American singer and songwriter Billie Eilish. In “Hostage”, the narrator (Eilish) does nothing but express her immense love for her lover. She starts the song by telling her significant other about how much she wants to be alone with him. She goes as far as saying she wants to steal his soul and hide him in her treasure chest.

Lyrics of the song "Hostage" by Billie Eilish

According to her, her sole aim in life is to keep him hostage. Here, she obviously is not using the word “hostage” in its literal sense. She uses it as a metaphor to describe how much she wants to keep her lover to herself.

While on the surface, the narrator’s love might appear normal, some analysts believe it just might have some dark aspects to it. According to them, the intense love the narrator displays for her partner has traces of obsession. Her obsessive desire to have total possession of her partner fits perfectly into obsessive love and psychopathy.

It is important to mention that dangerous obsession and psychopathy are themes that run throughout the album on which this track appears.

Facts about “Hostage”

  • Billie Eilish co-wrote this tune with American actor and musician Finneas O’Connell. FYI, Billie and Finneas are siblings. Finneas is Eilish’s older brother.
  • Besides co-writing this tune, Finneas also handled its production.
  • The song’s official release date was August 11, 2017. It is the eight track from Eilish’s debut EP titled Don’t Smile at Me.

Did Eilish make a video for “Hostage”?

Yes, she did. The video was first released on July 11, 2018 via Apple Music. Few months later (on October 8), it was published on YouTube. You can watch the song’s dramatic video below:


Who sings the background vocals on this song?

The song’s additional vocals were sung by its co-writer and producer Finneas.

12 Responses

  1. Izadora Pires says:

    SO GOOD.

  2. Blue_.? says:

    Soo basically a yandere song

  3. Neeta says:

    I want to crawl inside your veins
    I love u Billie till the end?????????✌

  4. Anonymous says:

    gold is fake and real love hurts.

  5. Anonymous says:

    The song is like she’s controlling his life

  6. Alexissssss says:

    This song has such a pretty vibe and the light soft music with Billie’s voice is just


  7. jd says:

    as someone with a bpd, Hostage sounds like how you feel toward your Favorite Person. You feel like you’re suffocating them, but you can’t stop loving them. You can’t lose them, because it’d kill you. You need them all for yourself. You’re obsessed. Billie would be the person with a bpd, and the other person would be her FP.

  8. Saturn says:

    Ok so I have a playlist about my controlling best friend and this song *chefs kiss* hehe

  9. *Chefs kiss* says:

    Anneliese this song is just …… you

  10. Anonymous says:

    the shirt that you let me wear home…

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