Mark My Words, Billie Eilish’s New Queer Sex Song Is Gonna Be the Song of the Summer

Among all the glorious gay gems coming out of the first weekend of Coachella 2024 was a super queer surprise DJ set by Billie Eilish. Eilish joined Lana Del Ray on stage during her set for duets of “Ocean Eyes” and “Video Games,” but Eilish also dropped by one of the smaller Coachella stages to do a DJ set that included teasing her upcoming single “Lunch,” which is…very overt in its queer storytelling! It seems to be the most explicitly sapphic Eilish single yet.

Just check out these steamy queer lyrics:

I could eat that girl for lunch
Yeah, she dances on my tongue
Tastes like she might be the one
And I can never get enough
I could buy her so much stuff
It’s a craving, not a crush


The next snippet of “Lunch” then goes:

Call me when you’re there
Said, I brought 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.

It’s just a teaser for now, as Eilish isn’t planning on dropping any full singles ahead of her upcoming album release for Hit Me Hard and Soft on May 7.

Get a little sneak taste of “Lunch” here:

Honestly, even just in teaser form, it’s a bop. I can’t wait to terrorize the TouchTunes machines at every dyke bar by playing this on repeat. Has an entrepreneurial gay already bedazzled a tank with the words I COULD EAT THAT GIRL FOR LUNCH on it? Because I’m gonna need one of those, stat.

I also like to think of this “Lunch” teaser as a taste of what’s to come from the full album, the first Eilish has released since talking more candidly about her queerness in the press — which wasn’t entirely by choice. “Lunch” certainly isn’t mincing words about its queer erotics, and I’ll be curious to see if these themes permeate the album.

I know it’s a little premature to declare an early contender for song of the summer but…

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Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya

Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya is the managing editor of Autostraddle and a lesbian writer of essays, short stories, and pop culture criticism living in Orlando. She is the assistant managing editor of TriQuarterly, and her short stories appear or are forthcoming in McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Joyland, Catapult, The Offing, and more. Some of her pop culture writing can be found at The A.V. Club, Vulture, The Cut, and others. You can follow her on Twitter or Instagram and learn more about her work on her website.

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