Meaning of “You Should See Me in a Crown” by Billie Eilish

“You Should See Me in a Crown” was inspired by a television show singer Billie Eilish and her brother (Finneas O’Connell) were watching where the exact same words are uttered. The character who made this quote, a villain, said so in reference to the potential havoc he would wreak if given a position of authority.

Likewise Eilish is going on a rant as if she is on top of the world, indeed a queen. For instance, she speaks of onlookers being in “silence” and her ability to “make them bow”.  The track does feature some cryptic verses that may seem deep on the surface. However, given the overall feel of the song, these probably aren’t meant to mean anything overly-significant.

Inspiration from Sherlock (TV series)

During her interview with Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1, Eilish revealed the exact TV show from where the song’s title and theme were derived. According to her, while watching the BBC TV series Sherlock, the villain, Professor Moriarty, uttered a phrase she and Finneas found very “jiggy”. The phrase in question was: “You should see me in a crown”.

Having found that quote interesting and “jiggy”, the siblings decided to write a song “about being jiggy”. So in all, that’s how this song was birthed.

Professor Moriarty

Below is the scene in which Moriarty utters those famous words. This is from Episode 3 of Season 2 of the BBC series, Sherlock. In this scene, Moriarty is played by actor Andrew Scott.

Facts about “You Should See Me in a Crown”

  • This Sherlock-inspired song was penned by Eilish and Finneas O’Connell. The latter is Eilish’s real brother. He’s just a few years older than her.
  • In addition to his writing role on this song, Finneas also played the role of its sole producer.
  • The release date of “You Should See Me in a Crown” was July 18, 2018. It was premiered exclusively on BBC Radio 1.
  • This track was released as the first single from Eilish’s highly awaited debut album titled When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?. The hit single “When the Party’s Over” also appears on that album. On January 30, 2019, the song “bury a friend” was released as the third single from the album.
  • The spiders all over Eilish’s face in the track’s music video are real. The video was inspired by a spider wrangler whom Eilish met prior to the shooting of the video. She said the woman taught her so many things about spiders, including how to play with them.

What’s the name of the album on which this track appears?

As of the publication of this article, the album’s title is unknown. What is known is that the song is a single from Eilish’s first studio album. During her conversation with Annie Mac, Eilish revealed that the album might be released in early 2019.

31 Responses

  1. StrangerThings says:

    I thought maybe she wanted to be famous (She is) and now that she is she wants everyone to see her in a crown

  2. Stephanie Rawlings says:

    some may disagree with me but even though she says it’s based on Sherlock does it not seem to have a parallel to Daenerys Targaryen that’s who it made me think of when I read the lyrics

  3. Mark Blank says:

    It’s satanic based music. That’s who put her on the pedestal. Another name for crown is corona, a virus engineered in a lab. You can’t stop it, only slow it down.

    • BillieIsMyQueen says:

      Mark Blank You watch too many conspiracy videos

      • Eurus H says:

        I agree on what you said! When I read the lyrics I understood it, it’s mixed with most of the episodes actually!

      • Anonymous says:

        You just don’t know enough, you should be up to date. Also, Billie is too idolized. Real queen will not make anybody bow down to her, but instead she will earn people’s respect. That is the only way, to earn respect, trust and other qualities. Billie is arrogant and shallow-hearted in the song, therefore, not a true queen, and has to earn her crown.

        • Anonymous says:

          I don’t feel like that’s true. After all she’s only a kif

        • Billie Eillish Pirate Baird O'Connel says:

          I don’t know whether to slap you or ignore you. You are just jealous you aren’t as special as me. LOSER

        • Anonymous says:

          dude its just a song chill and she can act whichever way she wants in her song. i dont think she was arrogant or shallow hearted

    • demadontcontrolus says:

      Qanon much? You should really stop watching those conspiracy videos, and start listening to science.

      • Anonymous says:

        That’s not science. They tell you what they want you to believe, and its your choice to allow yourself to be naive.

    • Anonymous says:

      That’s wise, I should’ve thought of that. Thank you.

    • Anonymous says:

      Too good not to be a joke. Love it. ???

  4. Melissa says:

    Think about Satan saying the words. Ughh scary. I dont like. Alot of the words to her songs are evil to me.

  5. Joe & Amy says:

    There is something about Billies music that me and my wife recognize it’s almost like we have heard it before or something, we can’t put or finger on it. It feels unearthly to me and yet very familiar. We like to listen to Billy’s music but I skip You should see me in a crown most of the time, it does make me feel dark instead of light and floaty. Just because the song is out there doesn’t mean you have to listen to it. I skip it but I like most of her other songs. Billies and Finneas’s music is different and makes me feel different then other music and I like it. Good job on your album Billie. My favorite is Ocean Eyes and my wife’s is Everything I wanted.

  6. hantsmaag says:

    Has anyone noticed that so many of them are girls?

  7. BillieIsMyQueem says:

    I believe the original chorus for You Should See Me in a Crown was Scooby Doo is in the Pound

  8. allthegoodgirlsgotohell(itbetrue) says:

    billie eilish is amazing! my favorites of her song go like this: (most fave – middle fave – last fave)

    all the good girls go to hell
    you should see me in a crown
    bad guy

    i like all of her creepy songs the best!

    (also i am a harry potter fan so i would recremend that you watch harry potter parody video to the song bad guy.)

    • Sarah B says:

      I love some of her more creepy songs too. The only song of hers that I don’t like is “All the good girls go to hell.”
      But all of her other songs I love, my favorites being, (In no order really,)
      No time to die,
      Ocean eyes,
      You should see me in a crown,

      We love!

  9. Anon says:

    ok but how is she not shaking at the fact there are literally SPIDERS CRAWLING ALL OVER HER

  10. BabyBillie says:

    Billie: “Spiders are cool. Let them in my mouth! They ok. Make sure they are big, btw”
    Me: *sees spider the size of a grain of sand* “MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMYYYYYYYYYYYY!”

  11. famous in the future says:

    Is there a meaning to My boy?

  12. stoopid says:

    I feel like the singer or persona is a ruler, almost tyrannical even, or maybe an exile from the throne. She then comes back and reclaims her position as rightful ruler. KInd of like Hela from Thror Ragnarok.

  13. anonymous says:

    Its just a song people…..satan…evil…conspiracies….yall doing too much! LMAO. All her songs are cool and if you dont like them cool too…. jeez

  14. vicky says:

    i like this one bc its very creepy. her creepiest songs are her best ones coz thats what makes her unique (besides the fact shes the one and only billie ?) shes one of the few artists that doesnt specialize in love songs

  15. Anonymous says:

    I find this song to be empowering especially for women in that we all have our own unseen crown and we should wear it proudly as a symbol of self love and that others bad comments or opinions directed towards us should not make us feel like less of a person because we all have greatness in us that we contribute to this life.

  16. Anonymous says:

    It’s a dope track. Deep if you want it to be…

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