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"Wish You Were Gay", stylized as "wish you were gay", is a single by Billie Eilish from her debut album, WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?. It is the sixth track on the album and was released on March 4th, 2019. It was first performed during one of her Instagram livestreams.

Background

Billie wrote the song with Finneas when she was 14. According to her, it's meant to be a "fun and playful way of dealing with rejection".[1] Even though Eilish has expressed her love for the LGBT+ community and stated that the song is not meant to be offensive towards gay people in any way, shape or form[2], the song still caused controversy and faced backlash from the LGBT+ community.

Theme

When talking about the song, Billie said, "'wish you were gay' is about wanting to be with someone so bad that it hurts, and not wanting to accept that this person doesn't want you in return. At least if they were gay, I'd have a valid reason for their rejection and lack of interest in being with me".[1]

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Baby, I don't feel so good
Six words you never understood
"I'll never let you go"
Five words you never say (aww)
I laugh alone like nothing's wrong
Four days have never felt so long
If three's a crowd and two was us
One slipped away

[Chorus]
I just wanna make you feel okay
But all you do is look the other way
I can't tell you how much I wish I didn't wanna stay
I just kinda wish you were gay

[Verse 2]
Is there a reason we're not through?
Is there a twelve-step just for you?
Our conversations all in blue
Eleven "hey"s (hey, hey, hey, hey, hey)
Ten fingers tearing out my hair
Nine times you never made it there
I ate alone at seven, you were six minutes away (yay)

[Chorus]
How am I supposed to make you feel okay
When all you do is walk the other way?
I can't tell you how much I wish I didn't wanna stay
I just kinda wish you were gay

[Bridge]
To spare my pride
To give your lack of interest an explanation
Don't say I'm not your type
Just say that I'm not your preferred sexual orientation
I'm so selfish
But you make me feel helpless, yeah
And I can't stand another day
Stand another day

[Chorus]
I just wanna make you feel okay
But all you do is look the other way
I can't tell you how much I wish I didn't wanna stay
I just kinda wish you were gay
I just kinda wish you were gay
I just kinda wish you were gay

Video

Trivia

  • At the end of the song, an audience's applause can be heard.
  • The boy who the song was written about came out to Billie around a couple of weeks before she performed it.[2]

Gallery

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 https://twitter.com/eilishupdates/status/1102678557489283074
  2. 2.0 2.1 https://twitter.com/eilishupdates/status/1102352968832172034

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Artists
Billie Eilish
Tracks
!!!!!!!bad guyxannyyou should see me in a crownall the good girls go to hellwish you were gaywhen the party's over8my strange addictionbury a friendilomilolisten before i goi love yougoodbye
Japanese Edition
come out and playWHEN I WAS OLDER
French Re-Release / Deluxe Edition / Target Edition
WHEN I WAS OLDERbitches broken heartseverything i wanted
Tours
When We All Fall Asleep, World TourWhere Do We Go? World Tour
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