Meaning of “When the Party’s Over” by Billie Eilish

“When the Party’s Over” is a song recorded and performed by American singer Billie Eilish. In this song, Billie, who is apparently fed up with the behavior of her lover, uses the phrase “I’ll call you when the party’s over” as a metaphor to let him know she’s got better things to focus on than him and the drama accompanying him.

In the following lines from the song’s bridge, Billie reveals that the relationship is over. However, it appears her boyfriend still isn’t sure he wants to end it.

“Once we both said our goodbyes
Let’s just let it go
Let me let you go”

In an interview she had with coup de main magazine in 2018, she shed more light on the song’s meaning. According to her, the lyrics aren’t really about her being sad that the relationship has collapsed.

She likened the lyrics to being in a loud environment and being on the phone with someone. You both can’t hear each other due to the loud noise in the background and on top of that, the person is “mad at you for some reason” and is yelling. So you get fed up with the whole situation and tell them this: “F**king leave me alone”.

She later told coupe de main that the track is more like a sequel to her 2017 song titled “Party Favor”. In “Party Favor”, Billie is getting out of a toxic relationship with her possessive boyfriend. Her goal is to get him out of her life.

Facts about “When the Party’s Over”

  • Actor/songwriter/music producer Finneas O’Connell solely wrote and produced this track. O’Connell is the senior brother of Billie Eilish.
  • O’Connell gained fame in the music industry co-writing and producing Billie’s songs.
  • Billie receives no songwriting credit on “When the Party’s Over”. This is because she didn’t co-write the song.
  • In addition to solely writing and producing this tune, O’Connell also played a number of instruments on the track.
  • The tune was formally released on October 17, 2018.
  • O’Connell revealed on Twitter that during the recording of the song, he and Billie did “hundreds and hundreds of vocal layers” on it. He said they hoped to create something unforgettable with the song because it is very important to them.

Below is the official music video for “When the Party’s Over”. The video received millions of views within 24 hours of being uploaded on YouTube.

Who sings the background vocals on “When the Party’s Over”?

The song’s backing vocals are sung by Finneas O’Connell.

Which album does “When the Party’s Over” appear on?

It appears on Billie Eilish’s debut album. That album is titled When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?. And the singles “bury a friend” and “You Should See Me In a Crown” appear on that album.

24 Responses

  1. Penelope Walters says:

    what does “I could lie and say I like it like that” mean?

  2. Muning says:

    Nice adobe after effects.

  3. jasmin says:

    what is the black stuff she drinks in the video.

  4. راه اندازی کافی شاپ says:

    what is the black stuff she drinks in the video. this is amazing video!

  5. Shannon Thompson says:

    It’s about being in love with someone who wont commit that uses you for a booty call.

  6. Sarah Tran says:

    This song takes you on a purity journey of the isolated dark path of pain, suffering and self preservation. When you hit rock bottom and surrendered all your super powers of self-worth into someone else’s hand you are in a deep dark place and the only freedom of escape in the narrow passage of hope is to numb the pain by popping pills. The black liquid is what you drink to pump the pills out of your stomach when you are rush to the ER. The irony that she drinks the black solution to save herself from the dark and lonely place. She wearing all white and is the scene of what you would wear at a mental ward on hold for forty-eight hours so the suicidal person doesn’t hurt themselves.

    Everyone gets hurt… but when it happens to you it’s the first time of hell on earth. By walking through the pain… life is worth living and is quite beautiful. Perfection is over rate. <3

  7. Billie says:

    I legit think this is about having an affair. The singer is the mistress. While her lover is with his or her partner.

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  9. Mel says:

    Video is creepy. After she drank the charcoal drink her eyes and actions are not nice.

  10. Moe says:

    The song is about her having a depressive episode… and she wants to be left alone. She’ll call you when the party is over

  11. Yes says:

    “call me friend but keep me closer” I’d do anything to know what that means.

    • Ang says:

      I’m taking that it means the person tells one they are “just friends”, but they physically keep them intimately closer. Most likely liking someone who won’t commit.

  12. Frank says:

    I dunno what it means but a woman I like sent it to me… wtf

  13. Carter says:

    bro start commiting to your relationship rn

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