“ilomilo” refers to a 2010 puzzle game developed by Southend Interactive and Microsoft Game Studios. The game is based on two characters Ilo and Milo who would venture on adventures in the village and must return home after quests. Each night that the two characters go out, the puzzle gets harder.
Billie Eilish explained the reference to the game and the idea behind the song;
The whole idea is the game, it’s like losing the person you love and then finding them again.
The lyrics of the song “ilomilo” revolve around Billie Eilish’s complaint about the indefinite nature of her relationship with a man. In the first verse itself, we hear Billie’s eerie spirit questioning the guy’s sketchy behavior. She takes the opportunity to warn the guy that the “stars” may not be what they appear to be from afar. “Stars” can refer to other girls who look bright and shine well in comparison to others. But they only shine in other people’s spotlight.
In the song’s chorus, Billie refers to the game by making a sign that unless it is in her life, she might “lose a life” like in the games. Using all of your lives will be the end of the game and in Billie’s case; end of their relationship.
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Throughout the song, Billie remembers the impermanence of life. She even references her own song “bury a friend” in the second verse. Billie is worried about losing her partner; who she relies on to win the game of love and life. Every time he doesn’t come home, he’s taking a part in Billie’s life.
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