“When I Was Older” by Billie Eilish

“When I Was Older” is a song recorded by renowned American singer-songwriter Billie Eilish. According to Eilish, the lyrics of this song were inspired by the 2018 drama film Roma. This film, which was directed by Mexican film director Alfonso Cuarón, stars noted Mexican actress and teacher Yalitza Aparicio.

Billie Eilish on When I Was Older

Roma, which is based on director Alfonso Cuarón’s life growing up in Mexico City, centers heavily on the life of a maid named Cleo. Cleo is played by Aparicio. FYI – when Aparicio was cast in this film, she had never acted before nor received any formal training in acting. However, she performed flawlessly well in the film and earned herself accolades for her role in the film.

When I Was Older lyrics

In the course of the song, a number of lyrics deal with heartbreak and misery. These themes can also be found in the film Roma.

Facts about “When I Was Older”

  • Billie Eilish wrote “When I Was Older” with her songwriter/producer brother Finneas O’Connell (also known as just Finneas).
  • Finneas not only contributed to the writing of this song, but he also produced it. He took care of the production solely.
  • The track was released by Eilish’s labels Interscope and Darkroom Records on January 9, 2019.
  • This is Eilish’s first single of 2019. It came out on the same day Lana Del Rey also released her famous single “hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me – but i have it“.

Who sings the backing vocals on “When I Was Older”?

The song’s background vocals are provided Eilish’s older brother Finneas. This shows how very versatile Finneas is. Not only did he write and produce the song but he also contributes his vocals to it.

Is this the first time Eilish is working with her brother Finneas on a song?

No. Finneas has worked with Eilish on practically all her big hits. Some of these hits include the following:

Does this song appear in the movie Roma?

No, it doesn’t.

9 Responses

  1. izzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzie says:


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  3. Dar says:

    I actually thought it was a song about the reincarnation of a sailor who drowned at sea. I’ve the term, “When I was younger…”. But, never have I heard someone say, “When I was older…” And I love this song and all of Billie Eilish songs.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I love this song!! I listen to it all the time!

  5. Anonymous says:

    it’s a great song!

  6. Anonymous says:

    it kind of reminds me of drowning…i think it means that she feels like she’s being crushed by the weight of her fame and losing sight of who she is
    but idk i could be wrong

  7. Anonymous says:

    I had no idea who Billie Eilish was when I heard this sing at the end of Roma credits. I actually watched all the credits just because I loved this song… the haunting melody the sound effects the vocals. Rare that I like a son right away. This sister/ brother duo are “old souls”. ,,so much feeling in the lyrics surpass their ages,….

  8. Anonymous says:

    If you notice in the movie, the youngest child told Cleo he saw her when he was older and he was a pilot. I thought it rounded out the song with the movie quite nicely. Well done.

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