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Billie Eilish – Not My Responsibility Lyrics

Not My Responsibility depicts Billie Eilish undressing to a commentary made by herself, addressing and critiquing public perception and opinion of her body and clothing choices, before submersing herself into an inky-black substance.


Not My Responsibility Lyrics

Do you know me?
Really know me?
You have opinions
About my opinions
About my music
About my clothes
About my body
Some people hate what I wear
Some people praise it
Some people use it to shame others
Some people use it to shame me
But I feel you watching
Always
And nothing I do goes unseen
Your disapproval
Or your sigh of relief
If I lived by them
I’d never be able to move
Would you like me to be smaller?
Weaker?
Softer?
Taller?
Would you like me to be quiet?
Do my shoulders provoke you?
Does my chest?
Am I my stomach?
My hips?
The body I was born with
Is it not what you wanted?
If I wear what is comfortable?
I am not a woman
If I shed the layers
I’m a slut
Though you’ve never seen my body
You still judge it
And judge me for it
Why?
We have assumptions about people
Based on their size
We decide who they are
We decide what they’re worth
If I wear more
If I wear less
Who decides what makes me?
What that means
Is my value based on your perception?
Or is your opinion of me
Not my responsibility


digest:
Not My Responsibility begins with Eilish wearing a set of neutrally black clothing in a dimly lit room. She undresses, talking about people’s feelings on her body, even saying things like ‘Would you like me to be smaller, softer, weaker?’ and ‘Does my chest provoke you?’ and she’s eventually in nothing but a necklace and a black bra. The film ends with Eilish completely submerging in a black, tar-like substance.
The film addresses the public discussion around her body image and criticizing the way in which the public decides her worth based on her body.