What does "all the good girls go to hell" by Billie Eilish mean? — The Pop Song Professor (2022)

It’s interesting that despite the popularity of this song, Billie Eilish has not commented on it within the few days since its release. Keeping this in mind, there is not yet conclusive evidence as to what this song means, but this is a probable interpretation at the moment and fits well with what she has created in the past.

“Peter’s on vacation, an open invitation”

This line is important, as it highlights the desire of the narrator to have a free pass to give up on morality and will take any excuse as an “open invitation” to do bad. The emphasis is on the word narrator, as the tone of this song is very consistent with some of the character’s Billie Eilish has created in songs such as “bellyache”, “you should see me in a crown”, and most recently, “bad guy.” Just as she paints a caricature of religion, the views expressed here are also a caricature of themselves. It is important to keep that in mind as we dive into an explanation of this song, as well as the multiple interpretations of many of the lyrics due to some of their vagueness and heavy reliance on metaphors.

Verse 1

My Lucifer is lonely

Standing there, killing time

Can't commit to anything but a crime

Peter's on vacation, an open invitation

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Pearly Gates look more like a picket fence

Once you get inside 'em

Got friends but can't invite them

The use of the possessive “my” likely means she is referring to her dark side. Her inner demons prompt her to be unable to “commit to anything but a crime.” “Peter’s on vacation”, refers to St. Peter and means that the moral absolutes are no longer in play, which is “an open invitation” to do evil. To her, being good (represented by the metaphor of heaven), “look[s] more like a picket fence” of rules. She asks why she should “get inside ‘em” if she has “Got friends but can’t invite them” because they’re not good enough for the version of heaven she has set up (If this is speaking about Heaven literally, it is coming from the point of view of someone who has likely not had much experience with Christianity, since the Bible teaches a reliance on salvation in Christ rather than works, and acknowledges that all people sin and require the grace of God.) Her character’s view of good and evil carries the familiar irreverence we see a few songs earlier in the album, on “bad guy”. To this character, good is boring, and being bad is much more fun to her.

Pre-Chorus

Hills burn in California

My turn to ignore ya

Don't say I didn't warn ya

The line “Hills burn in California” likely references the recent fires that took many homes and lives in the last year, and is, from her character’s point of view, proof that God doesn’t care. While these lines are confusing, my best guess would be that she is speaking to God and saying that it is now her “turn to ignore” Him, as she believes He has ignored her.

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Update: Several months after the release of the song and post, Billie has said that some of the lines are referencing global warming and her frustration with humanity’s destruction of the planet. “Why are we working so hard to save mankind when we should really be out here saving the planet…? … We are literally the flu.” This is one of the primary reasons the narrator of “all the good girls go to hell” has such a negative view of humanity. It’s one more reason to give up on trying to help us. The fact that a focus of the song is on the failure of humanity to take proper care of the planet, does not discount the interpretation, but rather gives a specific reason for the song’s hopeless view of mankind, and the futility of seeking redemption.

Chorus

All the good girls go to Hell

'Cause even God herself has enemies

And once the water starts to rise

And Heaven's out of sight

She'll want the Devil on her team

The line “all the good girls go to Hell” illustrates a belief that moral acts are futile, because in the end she believes they will all fall short of that goodness. Another interpretation of this line is that Billie’s character believes that good girls are all miserable, something she has told herself to justify her behavior. “‘Cause even God herself has enemies” is difficult to interpret since it is unclear if she is referring to God as a woman in order to be controversial or because it has some metaphorical significance to the song. Either way, the crucial takeaway from this line is that the narrator is intentionally departing from a traditional view of God by using a feminine pronoun and discusses weaknesses (Which is theologically inconsistent with biblical teaching) as an intentional act of rebellion against even the theology of the Judeo-Christian God.

The lines “once the water starts to rise / And Heaven’s out of sight” means that when a real problem comes up and no one is around to see how it is dealt with, the god Billie Eilish has set up will “Want the Devil on her team”. This connects back to the idea that individuals who attempt to do good and in a manner that is selfless, do so for nothing, because eventually they will succumb to evil. This is the belief her character clings to in order to justify her rebellious behavior.

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Verse 2

Look at you needing me

You know I'm not your friend without some greenery

Walk in wearin' fetters

Peter should know better

Your cover up is caving in

Man is such a fool, why are we saving him?

Poisoning themselves now

Begging for our help, wow

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The narrator points out that she is needed, and relishes in the power she holds over someone else. She says that she will only give help if they have “some greenery” or payment. By the line “Man is such a fool, why are we saving him,” it is possible that the narrator has changed from Billie’s character to the image of God she has in her mind. In her mind, God is looking down on humanity with apathy saying “[they’re] poisoning themselves now / Begging for our help, wow” in a careless attitude. (Again, this either purposely conflicts with the identity of the Judeo-Christian God, who does not have human flaws such as apathy. However it may very well be an honest belief of either the character, or Billie herself, that comes from a place of great pain and confusion.) As the song relates to taking care of the environment, the god in this song isn’t eager to help because it’s humanity’s problem, and humanity’s fault.

Post-Chorus

My Lucifer is lonely

There's nothing left to save now

My god is gonna owe me

There's nothing left to save now

“Haha!

I cannot do this snowflake”

She reminds us of the loneliness she experiences because of her dark side with the repetition of the earlier line, “My Lucifer is lonely”. She says that there is no point in trying to be moral because “there’s nothing left to save now”. “My god is gonna owe me” is a line laced with anger and rebellion, and might even be revealing a little honesty and vulnerability from either the narrator or Billie herself. The outro features her and FINNEAS laughing in the studio, solidifying the irreverent tone that “bad guy” shares.

Deeper Meaning of “all the good girls go to hell” by Billie Eilish

“All the good girls go to hell” is one of the darker songs Billie Eilish has released, as it is written from the perspective of someone who has given up on being good and rejects God and the moral absolutes that accompany a belief in God. People of all faiths or lack thereof would likely agree that an abandonment of morality is harmful to both that individual and those around them. The pain, confusion and anger that leads to such a choice is heartbreaking. I don’t like to get preachy, and I hope I’m not coming across that way, because that is the last thing I intend, but for anyone reading this who is struggling with any of the feelings talked about in this song (as I think most of us do at some point in our life), it’s not pointless. I believe that being kind, trying to do the right thing, and loving others when it’s difficult are some of the most rewarding things we can do on this earth. It is those things that change people’s lives, remind us of our purpose on this earth, and it is those things we are remembered for. As far as being good being futile because we inevitably mess up, that’s what being human is. We will make mistakes and we will even intentionally do things that aren’t good sometimes. It’s how we grow and learn to accept grace for those times that is so important. Full disclosure, I am a Christian and this is my (Arielle Anderson’s) personal personal perspective:If I could talk to the narrator of this song, I would tell her this, “I’m sorry you feel alone, abandoned. But you’re not alone. There’s hope for you; there always is hope and you don’t need to give up on trying to be kind. It’s okay if you fail sometimes. The response wouldn’t be ‘Man is such a fool, why are we saving him?’ It would be ‘You are worth saving’. All the good girls don’t go to hell, but the ‘bad girls’ don’t need to resign themselves either.”

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FAQs

What inspired all the good girls go to hell? ›

Billie Eilish recently premiered the music video for "All Good Girls Go to Hell." The video was inspired by the climate change process. She shared a gross behind-the-scenes moment from its filming to her Instagram stories.

How is all the good girls go to hell about climate change? ›

A pop track, "All the Good Girls Go to Hell" sees Eilish sing about climate change and takes the point-of-view of the Devil and God who antagonize the human race for destroying the earth. She wrote the song with its producer, Finneas O'Connell.

How old is Billie Eilish? ›

Why is Good Girls getting canceled? ›

Retta, along with costars Christina Hendricks and Mae Whitman, reportedly agreed to take pay cuts for a reduced fifth and final season, per TVLine. But, coupled with chatter about Hendricks and Montana's alleged strained working relationship, the network was unable to make it work, an NBC insider told the outlet.

Why does Ruby in Good Girls have a walking stick? ›

Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, Ruby said: 'I just got off of shooting an action film, hence the cane because I've torn my leg. I just tore my calf muscle five times, no big deal.

Is Billie Eilish a climate activist? ›

But later this month, the stage is all for Billie. A passionate vegan and climate activist, she regularly speaks out about action that needs to be taken in order to stem the already terrible situation of our climate crisis.

What is the moral lesson of climate change? ›

"Compassion and fairness make perfect sense, because climate change is an environmental justice issue, and being willing to do something about climate change also requires that we care about future generations. Both of those things require compassion and a sense of fairness," said Dickinson, the study's lead author.

What is the moral of climate change? ›

For example, climate change raises questions about the (moral) value of nonhuman nature, such as whether we have obligations to protect nonhuman animals, unique places, or nature as a whole, and what form such obligations take if we do (see, e.g., Jamieson 2003, Palmer 2011).

What is Billie Eilish is real name? ›

Billie Eilish, in full Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O'Connell, (born December 18, 2001, Los Angeles, California, U.S.), American singer-songwriter who first gained recognition in 2015 for the song “Ocean Eyes” and became, in 2020, the youngest person ever to win a Grammy for album of the year.

Did Billie Eilish graduate at 15? ›

Eilish's parents were former actors who left their careers to homeschool the singer and her brother Finneas. They didn't have a formal curriculum — instead letting the siblings focus on whatever topics interested them the most — but Eilish passed her equivalency exam and graduated high school when she was just 15.

Did Billie Eilish have a BF? ›

Billie Eilish has taken her new romance to Instagram. The singer posted a series of snapshots from her Halloween weekend, which include photos of her boyfriend, The Neighborhood's Jesse Rutherford. Billie Eilish is showing off her boy.

Was the Good Girls Cancelled? ›

Crime junkies were shocked when NBC murdered canceled Good Girls last year, one month after announcing the renewal for their final season. But Retta, who played Ruby Hill in the drama series, shared that the series cancellation may not have been a team effort like how the awful crimes the three mothers did were.

Is good girl being Cancelled? ›

Retta sort of opened up about why 'Good Girls' was canceled.

"We were very close to a fifth season," Retta explains, almost bitterly. "But one person ruined for all of cast and crew, and so it's not back." Retta even came up with her own way to kill off this "one person" in the series so that the show could continue.

What did Annie go to jail for in Good Girls? ›

But while Nick was put away for money laundering and Annie was arrested for Lucy's murder, there are a number of outstanding crimes that were never resolved. They know Beth prints fake money but refuse to arrest her for that.

Will there be a Good Girls 5? ›

Retta Says 'Good Girls' Season 5 Isn't Happening Because 'One Person Ruined It for All of Cast and Crew' Retta is opening up about why Good Girls was canceled. During a recent episode of Live With Kelly and Ryan, the 52-year-old comedian revealed why the NBC series isn't returning for a fifth season.

What should I watch after Good Girls? ›

  • Dead to Me.
  • Search Party.
  • On Becoming a God in Central Florida.
  • Why Women Kill.
  • Imposters.
  • Barry.
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Will there ever be a Good Girls season 5? ›

Good Girls seasons 1-4 are now on Netflix around the world but the show, as you're no doubt aware, is not returning for a season 5 on NBC or Netflix.

Why is Ruby always in a wheelchair? ›

O range Is The New Black star Ruby Rose has revealed that she is currently wheelchair-bound after having surgery on her spine. The 31-year-old actress had been suffering with the spinal condition for the past 10 years but had decided to keep it under wraps until now.

Why does Annie have a drug charge Good Girls? ›

They arrest her for “trafficking a class-one controlled substance,” and Annie instantly knows it was Boomer who set her up.

Why does Ruby Rose walk with a cane? ›

What a trooper! Ruby Rose uses a cane for support while strolling with girlfriend Jessica Origliasso just DAYS after undergoing spinal surgery. She underwent surgery on her back last week following years of spinal issues.

Is Billie Eilish vegetarian or vegan? ›

1 She went vegan when she was 12 years old

No doubt influenced by her mom, Maggie Baird, an activist and celebrity in her own right, Eilish told Vogue that she went vegan at the age of 12. After learning about the atrocities of the meat and dairy industries, she couldn't erase this dismal reality from her mind.

Did Billie Eilish unfollow? ›

Billie Eilish appears to have unfollowed every account on Instagram after allegedly vowing to unfollow accounts of abusers. On Wednesday, fans of the singer noticed that the 18-year-old no longer follows any account on the social media platform, while she continues to be followed by 64.8 million users.

Was Billie Eilish raised vegetarian? ›

After growing up vegetarian, Billie Eilish switched to veganism by age 12 and never looked back. In a May video interview with British Vogue, she dished on her reasoning courtesy of a question from Orlando Bloom.

How does Greta Thunberg stop climate change? ›

Her demands were that the Swedish government reduce carbon emissions in accordance with the Paris Agreement, and she protested by sitting outside the Riksdag every day for three weeks during school hours with the sign Skolstrejk för klimatet (School strike for climate).

Is it too late to prevent climate? ›

While the effects of human activities on Earth's climate to date are irreversible on the timescale of humans alive today, every little bit of avoided future temperature increases results in less warming that would otherwise persist for essentially forever.

What is the best conclusion of climate change? ›

Climate change poses a growing threat to sustainable development. The expected effects of climate change could seriously compromise the ability of the agriculture sectors to feed the world, and severely undermine progress toward eradicating hunger, malnutrition and poverty.

How do we stop climate change? ›

The main ways to stop climate change are to pressure government and business to:
  1. Keep fossil fuels in the ground. ...
  2. Invest in renewable energy. ...
  3. Switch to sustainable transport. ...
  4. Help us keep our homes cosy. ...
  5. Improve farming and encourage vegan diets. ...
  6. Restore nature to absorb more carbon. ...
  7. Protect forests like the Amazon.

What are the 4 reasons for climate change? ›

Causes of Climate Change
  • Generating power. Generating electricity and heat by burning fossil fuels causes a large chunk of global emissions. ...
  • Manufacturing goods. ...
  • Cutting down forests. ...
  • Using transportation. ...
  • Producing food. ...
  • Powering buildings. ...
  • Consuming too much.

Why is climate change morally wrong? ›

It involves one group of humans harming others. People of this generation harming those in future generations. People in the developed world harming those in the developing world. Each of us is emitting carbon that is harming those caught in climate-driven superstorms, floods, droughts and conflicts.

How old is Billie Eilish's BF? ›

The 20-year-old singer was photographed making out with 31-year-old musician Jesse Rutherford in Los Angeles, seemingly confirming dating rumors. On Halloween, Eilish made it Instagram official with Rutherford—and poked fun at those critical of their age gap with her baby and his old man Halloween costumes.

What does the name Eilish mean? ›

Popularity:21880. Origin:Irish. Meaning:Pledged to God. Eilish is a feminine name with Irish and Hebrew origins. A Gaelic form of the Hebrew name Elizabeth, Eilish means “pledged to God,” and makes for a unique way to share your faith with baby.

How old is Billie Eilish real name? ›

December 18, 2022

Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O'Connell, known simply as Billie Eilish, was born December 18, 2001. She is an American singer and songwriter. In 2015, 13-year-old Eilish was already working with her older brother who had his own band.

Is Billie Eilish Latina? ›

Rather, according to the news source HITC, Eilish is American with Irish and Scottish roots, while Rosalía is Spanish.

Who is Billie Eilish named after? ›

"They called me pirate for months, and they were kind of planning on naming me Pirate," Eilish said. "And soon before I was born, my grandfather died, and his name was William, AKA Bill, Billie. And that's where my name came from."

Who is Billie Eilish ex? ›

All About Matthew Tyler Vorce, Billie Eilish's Actor Ex-Boyfriend.

Who groomed Billie? ›

But what seemed to bother people the most was that Eilish has supposedly known Rutherford since she was 15 and he was 26, with many referring to the ongoing conversation about grooming in the indie rock scene by adding "jesse rutherford dating billie eilish at his big ass age.......

Does Billie Eilish have tattoos? ›

The Grammy winner got candid about her trio of tattoos after vowing to keep them a secret a year ago. One year after Billie Eilish said no one would "ever" see her tattoos, she's had a change of heart.

How many kids do the Bolands have in Good Girls? ›

At some point either before or during high school, Beth met and fell in love with Dean Boland and the two would eventually marry. They also had four children together as Dean started his business, Boland Motors.

How did Annie's prints get on the gun? ›

She accidentally put her prints on it after Rio killed the graphic designer, Lucy, to ensure secrecy regarding their counterfeiting ring. However, Annie secretly went to Mick and asked him to put her prints on the weapon as she felt Beth could take better care of their kids if a fall guy was needed.

Did Christina and Manny get along? ›

Christina Hendricks reportedly had beef with her love interest on Good Girls and it played a role in the network axing the show. TV Line broke the story, sources say Montana was a major reason the show not coming back for another go.

Does Beth love Rio? ›

They ended up having a sexual encounter which convinced fans there was more to their relationship than just the cat-and-mouse game. Actor Montana revealed Beth and Rio do in fact love each other on a certain level.

Why did Cancelled become canceled? ›

The answer depends on where you call home. Canceled or cancelled is the past tense of the verb to cancel. Both spellings are correct; Americans favor canceled (one l), while cancelled (two ls) is preferred in British English and other dialects.

When did Annie touch the gun? ›

It's never explicitly revealed that Annie has tampered with the weapon but the reveal of her arrest in the season 4 finale suggests that her fingerprints were on the gun instead of Beth's.

Why did Mick shoot Beth? ›

But it turned out that Nick arranged for Mick not to kill Beth – instead to shoot her to draw the attention of the authorities and leave the gun for them to find. He also intended for them to find the prints on the gun, because it was actually the gun that killed Lucy.

Who does Annie sleep with in Good Girls? ›

The three became the closest of friends after that. When the girls were in their teens, Beth caught Annie smoking pot but promised not tell their parents. At a young age, Annie became rebellious and eventually met and slept with a boy named Gregg, resulting in Annie becoming pregnant.

What does the Good Girls ending mean? ›

Beth takes control

The final scene of the series sees her meeting with Rio on a park bench having abandoned her plans to move to Nevada. Now that she is on the city council and has survived Nick's attempt to have her arrested for Lucy's murder, she's put herself in a position of real power.

What was the deal Stan and Beth made on Good Girls? ›

Ruby suggests the strip club as it is still vacant and tells Beth to make nice with Stan and ask him to get them in. Beth and Stan make a deal that if he helps Beth, she will leave Ruby alone forever.

Why is Good Girls based in Detroit? ›

Although “Good Girls” creator/executive producer Jenna Bans isn't from Detroit, she wanted the show to portray the area in a real way, rather than the cliche way people outside Detroit see it. “I've always liked Detroit,” says Bans, a St. Paul, Minn., native. “I wanted a Midwest setting.

Who said Good Girls go to heaven? ›

Quote by Mae West: “Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere.”

Why did Stan get fired Good Girls? ›

Granted, he's still a sympathetic figure, as he lost his job as a cop covering for Beth (Christina Hendricks) and his wife, Ruby (Retta), in their criminal endeavors. Still, Stan had a choice and was a true blue hero many felt would have resisted the darkness.

Did Annie take the fall for Beth? ›

Ruby suggests they all just go to Nevada to leave their criminal pasts behind and Beth declines, saying she doesn't actually want to leave it behind. But Annie realizes that Beth could be in serious trouble, so the she turns herself in for the crime, taking the fall so Beth won't have to.

Will There Be A Good Girls season 5? ›

Retta Says 'Good Girls' Season 5 Isn't Happening Because 'One Person Ruined It for All of Cast and Crew' Retta is opening up about why Good Girls was canceled. During a recent episode of Live With Kelly and Ryan, the 52-year-old comedian revealed why the NBC series isn't returning for a fifth season.

Where is Good Girls actually filmed? ›

Good Girls was filmed in Chatsworth, Doraville, Los Angeles and Universal Studios.

What city is Good Girls based? ›

When Carla Banks Waddles joined the creative team of NBC's “Good Girls,” she brought more than her experience as a writer and producer of numerous TV shows. She gave a boost of Motor City credibility to the innovative comedy-rich drama set in suburban Detroit.

Why is Good Girls so popular? ›

It's entertaining, addictive and has a great cast including Christina Hendricks, Retta, Mae Whitman and Matthew Lillard. Not to mention the fact that it bears so many similarities to one of the most watched and talked about shows of all time: Breaking Bad.

Is Good Girls Cancelled for good? ›

During an interview on Live With Kelly and Ryan, Retta revealed that Good Girls' fifth and final season was “very close” to happening but didn't due to one unnamed cast member. “One person ruined it for all of the cast and crew, and so it's not back,” she explained.

Do they find boomers body in Good Girls? ›

Though Mary Pat told the women that she took care of Boomer and cut up his body, the conclusion of Season 2 revealed that he is not dead but has been hiding out in his grandma's attic. Boomer's nana eventually persuades him to come clean to the cops that he is not dead and that Beth had nothing to do with his "murder."

Who got buried in Good Girls? ›

You remember the time one of her sons said that she'd put “Daddy” in the freezer? He was literally talking about his own dad. Mary Pat's husband had died on the front lawn but she wanted to keep cashing his VA check, so she decided to hide the body.

Why are Annie's prints on the gun? ›

However, Annie secretly went to Mick and asked him to put her prints on the weapon as she felt Beth could take better care of their kids if a fall guy was needed.

Does Stan ever forgive Ruby? ›

This caused tension between the two and the only reason Stan stayed with Ruby was for their children. However, he later learned to forgive Ruby and the two worked together to keep her criminal career a secret from Stan's co-workers.

Are Rio and Nick brothers or cousins? ›

Despite the fact that we saw Rio chafing against Nick in the dinner scene (reiterating that they're cousins, not brothers—something that seems to flip flop back and forth showing the topsy-turvy nature of their dynamic), here they're fairly playful with each other, joking and laughing.

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