Bad Guy Lyrics: Billie Eilish Hit Songs

Bad Guy lyrics for listeners to read and vocalize the lyrics and vibe along with this amazing bad guy music, It is one of the most famous songs by Billie Eilish from her released album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?

Song Title:Bad Guy
Released:March 29, 2019
Length:3:14
Label:Darkroom, Interscope
Songwriter(s)Billie Eilish, Finneas O’Connell
Genre:Electropop, dance-pop, pop-trap, nu-goth pop
“Bad Guy”
Billie eilish bad guy song lyrics

Bad Guy Lyrics

White shirt now red, my bloody nose
Sleeping, you’re on your tippy-toes
Creeping around like no one knows
Think you’re so criminal

Bruises on both my knees for you
Don’t say thank you or please, I do
What I want when I’m wanting to
My soul? So cynical

So you’re a tough guy
Like-it-really-rough guy
Just-can’t-get-enough guy
Chest-always-so-puffed guy
I’m that bad type
Make-your-mama-sad type
Make-your-girlfriend-mad type
Might-seduce-your-dad type
I’m the bad guy, duh

I’m the bad guy

I like it when you take control
Even if you know that you don’t
Own me, I’ll let you play the role
I’ll be your animal

My mommy likes to sing along
With me but she won’t sing this song
If she reads all the lyrics
She’ll pity the men I know

So you’re a tough guy
Like-it-really-rough guy
Just-can’t-get-enough guy
Chest-always-so-puffed guy
I’m that bad type
Make-your-mama-sad type
Make-your-girlfriend-mad type
Might-seduce-your-dad type
I’m the bad guy, duh

I’m the bad guy, duh

I’m only good at being bad
Bad

I like when you get mad
I guess I’m pretty glad
That you’re alone
You said she’s scared of me?
I mean
I don’t see what she sees
But maybe it’s ’cause I’m wearing your cologne

I’m a bad guy
I’m, I’m a bad guy
Bad guy, bad guy
I’m a bad guy

Bad Guy Lyrics Meaning

Billie eilish bad guy lyrics

Do you remember your childhood, the younger you, where you wanted to be the one that dies in a game? I always wanted to be that “Bad Guy” in almost every game I used to play. Being a Bad Guy feels so cool.

However, I’m not really a Bad Guy in real life.

So let me put on the mask to be one, So basically songwriting is also similar to playing a game, you can be whatever you want in your song.

Billie Eilish also had said the same thing in an interview with Fader in 2019, however, she didn’t really connect it directly to the Bad Guy song, but the connection seems so obvious.

Billie Eilish has a fascination with the character of a cool “Bad Guy” which we have seen in many songs like “you should see me in a crown” or “bellyache”: inspired by the notorious villain Moriarty.

But there is a difference between those songs and this one by Billie Eilish: The main difference is her profanity while playing the bad guy character.

Instead of writing down lyrics for a serious song about a troubled mind, she and Finneas crafted a self-aware, over-the-top track from the view of a real bad person, who is actually quite proud of being bad.

“I’m the bad guy, duh”

bad guy song lyrics

This line indicates the listeners not to take this song seriously, the irreverence for the ‘bad guy’ character can be seen easily in the music video.

The song mixes groovy, funky beats along with disturbing vocals that make this song unique and one of its kind.

The song seems to be a mix of macabre storyline with twisted glee, that is what exactly makes this song so unique and catchy.

The lyrics that most typifies this attitude of a bad guy are the dark, distorted statement of “I’m the bad guy” and ending it with a slight pause and then her playful ‘duh’.

This gives out a strong signal that Eilish doesn’t want the listener to take this seriously in any way, which seems to be a good thing, considering her lyrics confessing how disturbing her character is.

Verse 1

White shirt now red, my bloody nose

Sleepin’, you’re on your tippy toes

Creepin’ around like no one knows

Think you’re so criminal

Bruises on both my knees for you

Don’t say thank you or please

I do what I want when I’m wanting to

My soul? So cynical

The distinction of her ‘white shirt’ and the red of her ‘bloody nose’ on it most probably shows the inner change her character undergoes with different colors.

Billie Eilish has often revealed to the public how she expresses her inner self with colors: colors are very expressive to her. We all can notice how she ties visuals to her songs in many of her music videos.

Now the lyrics and the video that show a pure white untainted shirt, getting stained by her nose blood, showing her pain as a trope for the loss of her innocence.

Billie has always been an expert artist that could write some great imagery, which is easy to be noticed here especially with the first line of the lyrics.

These lyrics are greater at enervating the guy she is talking to throughout the song, later she uses this to really show herself in the image of a ‘bad guy’.

However, the lyrics seem to be all over the place, and seems like she had a hard time finding a good focus on one topic in the song.

The scene where she sets is of her asleep with her partner, “on his tippy toes”, probably sneaking to her so that no one else gets to know they were together and we later see that he has a girlfriend.

“bruises on both [her] knees for [him]”, alluding to her asking him for something again and again that he obviously refuses to give. Or it could be because of that ‘thing’ you are thinking of, this is probably the fastest thought that came into everyone’s mind after hearing this line.

After this line, her character takes a sudden shift into an aggressive and offensive persona, more like the man she wants to be in a relationship with.

Chorus

So you’re a tough guy

Like it really rough guy

Just can’t get enough guy

Chest always so puffed guy

I’m that bad type

Make your mama sad type

Make your girlfriend mad type

Might seduce your dad type

I’m the bad guy

I’m the bad guy, duh

I’m only good at bein’ bad, bad

Now the chorus is a comparison of Billie to the guy she wants to be in a relationship with. He’s a ‘tough guy‘ who ‘likes it really rough‘ and also a ‘can’t get enough‘ guy.

Her portrayal of this guy links into the personality of such a bad boy that any sober father would disapprove of.

Billie shows the guy how similar their personality is, the guy seems mostly cocky, violent, prideful, but Billie ain’t afraid of it, instead, she likes it and lets him know she ain’t any less than him.

She lyrics about: she is that type who would make his mama sad and would even seduce his dad if she desires so.

She doesn’t care about the destruction she brings into others life while being a bad person, doesn’t care that his dad has a wife and her lover has a girlfriend.

She brags about how bad she is: “I’m only good at bein’ bad”.

She seems to be enjoying the character of being bad. After her dark exposures, she sings simply: “I’m the bad guy, Duh”.

Billie herself says that she isn’t actually a bad guy in real life, though she used to act one but wasn’t really a bad type, so she appears to have a lot of joy being a bad guy with irreverence in this song.

Verse 2

I like it when you take control

Even if you know that you don’t

Own me, I’ll let you play the role

I’ll be your animal

My mommy likes to sing along with me

But she won’t sing this song

If she reads all the lyrics

She’ll pity the men I know

The second verse of this song has the most sensual/sexual undertones of any of the songs on Billie Eilish’s debut album.

The lines: you don’t/Own me, I’ll let you play the role/I’ll be your animal, show that although being an assertive personality she discloses to him that she still likes it when he takes control.

This is maybe because the guy is one of the very few guys that she met who is just equally as bad as her and can be just as intense of a force to her as she is to him.

Billie slightly breaks character to signal the listeners that even for her this song is really dark. She mentions her mom won’t sing the song with her like she usually does but not this one after its release.

Instead, she will pity the men in her daughter’s life, who she forces her desires on. This part of the verse is most exciting as it is strapped with a twinge of regret and sorrow.

She is admitting that this reckless response is putting distance between herself (as the role she is performing, not her in real life) and her mother.

Reprise

I like when you get mad

I guess I’m pretty glad that you’re alone

You said she’s scared of me?

I mean, I don’t see what she sees

But maybe it’s ’cause I’m wearing your cologne

So for the completion of the story of the song “bad guy”, her lover is mad at her because his girlfriend found out about their affair.

So instead of apologizing or regretting it, she like that he is mad at her, and says she is pretty glad that he is alone.

This refers to maybe a breakup between him and his girlfriend, but this line seems pretty unclear to me, without any details.

She is quite surprised by the fact that his girlfriend is scared of her. She pretends as she really doesn’t know why by shrugging it off with,

“I don’t see what she sees / But maybe it’s cause I’m wearing your cologne”.

The other girl (the girlfriend) is clearly frightened because she realizes that Billie and her boyfriend must have been really close for his cologne to be smelled on Bilie’ss clothes.

This also means that if her girlfriend has sniffed his boyfriend’s cologne on Billie, then Billie possibly went to see her so she could browbeat her away from the guy she likes, which is the other girl’s boyfriend.

Deeper Meaning of “bad guy”

“Bad Guy” is unquestionably a shift in the character of Billie Eilish’s music. It speaks more intimate themes than audiences might be used to from her, and heads in a more sinister, darker moral direction with lyrics such as “might seduce your dad type”.

The mystery really is, is darker deeper? Are we discovering something important about society, something that can really help us become better people? In the end, while this may be a piece of likable music in various ways (production, astounding vocals, some witty lines, and its self-aware nature), on a lyrical level, it is not deep that much, and lyrics about walking all over other people for serving ourselves whatever we like doesn’t help us to make us people who care for the world around us, even if it is only in a witticism.

Listen to Bad Guy on Spotify.

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