Billie Eilish’s Steamy ‘Lunch’ Lyrics Depict Her ‘Craving’ a Girl

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If you thought Billie Eilish’s new album, Hit Me Hard and Soft, was going to sound just like its opening track, you’d be in for a surprise by track two. “Lunch” pivots from the opener’s soft, contemplative vibe and dives into a sexy, pulsating number about her insatiable desire for a woman. (It’s like opening the door to a sauna and feeling the heat hit you in the face.) Eilish makes her message clear right from the opening lines: “I could eat that girl for lunch / Yeah she dances on my tongue / Tastes like she might be the one.”

Eilish told Rolling Stone in an April 2024 interview that writing “Lunch” was part of her exploring her sexuality. “That song was actually part of what helped me become who I am, to be real,” she said.

“I wrote some of it before even doing anything with a girl, and then wrote the rest after. I’ve been in love with girls for my whole life, but I just didn’t understand—until, last year, I realized I wanted my face in a vagina. I was never planning on talking about my sexuality ever, in a million years. It’s really frustrating to me that it came up.”

She’s referring, of course, to her “coming out” in a Variety interview last year, her addressing it at the magazine’s Hitmakers event, and then her calling out the publication on Instagram for “outing me on a red carpet.” Looking back, at how it all transpired, Eilish told Rolling Stone, “Who fucking cares? The whole world suddenly decided who I was, and I didn’t get to say anything or control any of it. Nobody should be pressured into being one thing or the other, and I think that there’s a lot of wanting labels all over the place.”

“Lunch” isn’t concerned with labels; it’s about desperately wanting to be with someone (“You need a seat? I’ll volunteer”) and spoil them too. Regarding the latter, in one verse Eilish sings about getting her person a special gift: “Said ‘I bought you something rare / And i left it under ‘Claire.’” Whoever this Claire could be, we’ve yet to find out.

As for the ordering of the track list, Eilish’s brother and writing-producing partner, Finneas, spoke to Rolling Stone about the first two songs on the album.

“What’s funny about starting the album with [the opener] is that it is a total false promise,” he said. “If you’re remembering ‘What Was I Made For?’ and then you hear [it], you go, ‘Oh, OK. I understand this world.’ Then the drums come in [on “Lunch”], and it really is the kill-the-main-character-type beat. It’s like Drew Barrymore being in the first five minutes of Scream and then they kill her. You’re like, ‘They can’t kill Drew. Oh, my God, they killed Drew!’”

Read the lyrics to “Lunch” below.

I could eat that girl for lunch

Yeah she dances on my tongue

Tastes like she might be the one

And I could never get enough

I could buy her so much stuff

It’s a craving not a crush

“Call me when you’re there”

Said “I bought you something rare

And I left it under ‘Claire’”

So now she’s coming up the stairs

So I’m pulling up a chair

And I’m putting up my hair

Baby I think you were made for me

Somebody write down the recipe

Been trying hard not to over eat

You’re just so sweet

I’ll run a shower for you like you want

Clothes on the counter for you to try ‘em on

If I’m allowed I’ll help you take ‘em off

I could eat that girl for lunch

Yeah she dances on my tongue

Tastes like she might be the one

And I could never get enough

I could buy her so much stuff

It’s a craving not a crush

I just wanna get her off

She’s takin’ pictures in the mirror

Oh my god her skin’s so clear

Tell her “bring that over here”

You need a seat? I’ll volunteer

Now she’s smiling ear to ear

She’s the headlights I’m the deer

I’ve said it all before but I’ll say it again

I’m interested in more than just being your friend

I don’t wanna break it just want it to bend

Do you know how to bend?

I could eat that girl for lunch

She dances on my tongue

I know it’s just a hunch

But she might be the one

I could

Eat that girl for lunch

Yeah she

Tastes like she might be the one

I could

I could

Eat that girl for lunch

Yeah she

Yeah she

Tastes like she might be the one

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