“Ocean Eyes” by Billie Eilish
“Ocean Eyes” is a love song recorded by singer Billie Eilish when she was only 14 years old. In this song, the narrator (Eilish) talks directly to her love interest. She compares his eyes to the beauty of the ocean and tells him how deeply she keeps falling into it.
“Ocean Eyes” isn’t a self-composed song since Eilish didn’t write it. It was written by songwriter and producer Finneas O’Connell. Finneas, who is Eilish’s real brother, initially composed this song for his Los Angeles based band The Slightlys. However, he let Eilish record it.
Billie Eilish talks about “Ocean Eyes”
Speaking with Teen Vogue, Eilish revealed how her brother gave her the song to record. Here is a portion of that interview:
This is a love song in which Billie Eilish portrays the role of someone who, from her own perspective, we can say is in a toxic relationship. In other words, her lover tends to get her emotional and ‘knows how to make her cry’. But his most-outstanding attribute, again from her viewpoint, would rather be his “ocean eyes”.
Now said characteristic is both a physical and to some extent metaphorical one. In terms of the former, the implication is that the color of his eyes are what people refer to as deep-blue. And yes, some may liken said pigmentation to the hue of the ocean.
But dude’s “ocean eyes” are also symbolic of his ability to seduce the singer, so to speak. It is that particular quality of his which makes her weak in the knees. So even though he has “left her lonely” on top of apparently mistreating her in other ways, “those ocean eyes” keep her enraptured in his love. And they also encapsulate the whole idea of the vocalist being so smitten with the addressee to the point that her feelings for him, in her mind, have become a cause for concern.
Now it must be noted that Billie Eilish was only 13 or 14 years old when she dropped this track. And even the writer of the song, her brother Finneas, would have only been about 17. And at points, the lyrics do reflect their youthfulness. Or stated otherwise, the sentiment(s) being relayed may not be done so from the most-comprehensive, easy-to-understand manner. But all it ultimately boils down to is the singer being caught up in the “ocean eyes” of her lover, despite his less-than-ideal personality.
The singer’s lover may be a toxic partner, but she is still caught up in his “ocean eyes”.
Facts about “Ocean Eyes”
Finneas is not only the sole writer of this song, but also its sole producer.
“Ocean Eyes” was the second single of Eilish’s career. It was also her breakthrough song since its success turned her into a household name across America. The first single of her career was the song called “Six Feet Under“.
This song was dropped on November 19, 2015. It was one of the outstanding singles on the EP Don’t Smile at Me (Eilish’s debut EP). The songs “Bellyache” and “Idontwannabeyouanymore” were also released as singles from that EP.
Two music videos were released for this track. The first video, which is the official one, came out in March 2016. Music video director Megan Thompson directed that clip. The second one, which is actually a dance performance video, came out in November 2016. In that video, Eilish mainly performs a dance to the track.
As of 2018, this track had sold over a million copies in the United States. It was subsequently certified platinum.
This was Eilish’s first song to chart in the United States. It made it into the US Billboard Hot 100, where it reached number 96 in 2018. Also, it also charted in other countries such as the United Kingdom, Ireland and Sweden. Furthermore, it reached number 2 in Sweden. It also gained official chart status in the United Kingdom, actually charting within the top-100 of the the country’s official singles chart.
Considering how successful the song has been over the years, it has been a permanent fixture on the setlists of Billie’s world concert tours.
Are any samples used on “Ocean Eyes”?
No. Finneas produced this song from scratch without adding any samples to it. Actually no song on Don’t Smile at Me makes use of samples.
The “Don’t Smile At Me” EP
Spanning twenty-six minutes, the EP “Don’t Smile at Me” was released by Billie on 11th August, 2017.
The album came out through the labels Darkroom and Interscope.
The title of the album was inspired by Billie’s attitude of self-love and respect, where she doesn’t do stuff (as little as smiling) to impress people, but does so to make herself happy.
Most songs on this EP were written by Billy and her older brother Finneas. Majority of the songs on the EP belong to the Electropop genre with certain elements of R&B and Jazz mixed into them.
The EP was very successful across the globe. For example it was a top 20 hit on the US Billboard 200 as well as the UK Albums Chart.
The following singles were released in support of the EP: