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Released: 2018Features: Khalid”lovely” featuring Khalid, is a melancholic ballad by Billie Eilish and Khalid that dwells on themes of mental claustrophobia and yearning for escape. The song articulates the overwhelming sensations of feeling trapped, isolated, and adrift in perpetual existential crisis while longing for liberation.

‘Thought I found a way out (found) / But you never go away (never go away).’ From the get-go, the lyrics convey the palpable frustration that comes from the failure of escapism. The “you” here potentially signifies a profound mental struggle, maybe depression or anxiety, which despite one’s efforts, feels omnipresent.

‘Oh, I hope some day I’ll make it out of here / Even if it takes all night or a hundred years.’ These lines reflect the desperation to escape their internal battle, regardless of the time or effort required. The phase ‘Even if it takes all night or a hundred years’ is a testament to their resolve and enduring spirit.

‘Isn’t it lovely? All alone / Heart made of glass, my mind of stone’. This verse is a potent cocktail of vulnerability and stoicism. The imagery of a ‘heart made of glass’ suggests their emotional fragility, while ‘mind of stone’ denotes a hardened mental exterior born out of self-preservation. The rhetorical question ‘Isn’t it lovely?’ is laced with sarcasm, indicating their displeasure with their isolated state.

‘Walking out of town / Looking for a better place (looking for a better place)’. ‘Walking out of town’ is a metaphoric expression that signifies the desire to leave their current mental state, further displaying their need for escapism. ‘Looking for a better place’ signifies a hopeful quest for tranquility and peace, both internally and externally.

‘Tear me to pieces, skin to bone / Hello, welcome home’. These haunting lyrics reflect their resignation to their circumstances of mental strife, like an unwelcome but familiar guest.

Overall, “lovely (with Khalid)” presents an intimate exploration of mental health struggles and the quest for peace, respite, and acceptance. Ultimately, it is a raw, emotional reminder that you can be your own toughest battlefield.

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