"When I Was Older", stylized as "WHEN I WAS OLDER", is a single by Billie Eilish. It was released on January 9th, 2019 and appears on the album Music Inspired by the Movie Roma. The song was later added to the Japanese edition of Billie's debut album, WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?.
Billie stated in an interview with Billboard, "When we were composing the song, we wanted to write from within the narrative of the movie and scenes that struck is the most from it. Having access to sounds used in the film proved to be invaluable to help us convey this." Then, she further explained that the sounds present in the movie make a connection with the sounds present in the song. "Lines like 'memories burn like a forest fire' are accompanied by trees burning [...] The chorus, has the ocean sounds overplayed by it. We were also able to take sounds like the student protest shouts and Borras barking and then turn them into rhythmic percussive elements [...] Nothing about this song would exist without the film, which is exactly what we love about it."
- The song's title and chorus were inspired by a line from Roma, where the character Pepe states, "When I was older I used to be a sailor, but I drowned in a storm."
|WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?|
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