In this week’s episode of “How It Went Down,” Billie Eilish explains how an episode of Sherlock inspired her song “You Should See Me In A Crown” and why her goal when making the track was to freak everybody out.
Eilish tells Billboard that she and her brother/collaborator Finneas O’Connell were obsessed with the television show Sherlock, and that in one episode, the character Jim Moriarty (who she describes as “psychologically horrible, but in the most genius way”) steals the crown jewel. He then says to Sherlock, “Honey, you should see me in a crown.” They thought that line was “dope,” so they turned it into a song.
The 16-year-old singer reveals that the opening sound on the track came about after she heard her father sharpening knives in the kitchen. They loved how it sounded, so they went in and asked him to make the sound again as they recorded it.
Eilish also discusses her favorite lyric from the song, naming “I like the way they all scream” as her pick. “It’s pretty simple, but I think it’s dope,” she says. “I feel like if I heard that, I’d be freaked out and I love being freaked out, so I really want to freak other people out.”
“I just want it to sound like, if you heard it in a dark room, it’d be fucking scary. So terrifying…but that’s the goal, is to freak everybody out. My songs have in the past just been sad, and more sad and some more sad and so to write a song that’s kind of almost empowering, that was not even something I ever thought of doing or wanted to do, even.”
You can watch the video above to hear the full story of how Billie Eilish wrote “You Should See Me In A Crown.”