Mon. Oct 18th, 2021

On January 21, Billie Eilish and Rosalía released “Los Vas A Olvidar” for the Euphoria special, “Part Two: Jules.” This is Eilish’s Latin music debut and has caught the attention of many. (Photo Courtesy of Mary Mabry)

Billie Eilish and Rosalía have finally released their much-anticipated collaboration. The two have been friends for quite a few years and have hinted at a collaboration in many interviews. The two even had a studio session together back in 2019 and Rosalía shared this with her followers on Twitter:

Rosalía is a Spanish singer-songwriter, and she is a fast-growing artist in Latin America. Her track “Malamente” won two Latin grammy’s back in 2018, and she has 30 million monthly listeners on Spotify. 

Billie Eilish is a very popular American singer-songwriter. She won five Grammys in 2020 and had a record-breaking album debut in 2019. 

Together, they created a song for the HBO original, Euphoria. Most lyrics in this song are in Spanish, which is different for Eilish, as she has never released a song in Spanish before. 

This collaboration is called “Los Vas A Olvidar” — meaning “Will You Forget It.”

The song starts off with Rosalía – “Dime si me echas de meno’ aún.” Billie responded with “Dime si no me perdonas aún.” These lyrics translate to “Tell me if you miss me, tell me if you don’t forgive me.” Followed by “Carrying all this poison is not good, tell me if you miss me.” Rosalía and Eilish join together for the chorus, singing “¿Lo va’ a olvidar? Can you let it go? Can you let it go?” This line repeats many times and brings in a stunning amount of bass that makes the song increasingly captivating. 

Multiple magazines and websites have reviewed “Los Vas A Olvidar.” Billboard called this collaboration “dreamlike” and described its melodies as “hazy.” Variety also commented, calling this song “moody” and “atmospheric.”

The official music video for Los Vas A Olvidar was released on January 21. Like the song, the music video takes place in a rather dark and hazy environment. 

However, whenever the heavy bass comes in, the set lights up like lightning. This is an impactful visual and entices viewers. The video fades between Rosalía and Eilish for its entirety, and the emotions that the artists are feeling are clearly shown in hand motions.

As for the song’s meaning — listeners could make a few assumptions. As Seventeen predicts, this song could be about a recent breakup, and the lyrics are talking to an ex-partner. The first lyrics in the song, as listed earlier, translates to the following:

“Tell me if you miss me

Tell me if you don’t forgive me

Carrying all this poison is not good

Tell me if you miss me

Will you forget it? Can you let it go?

Can you let it go? Will you forget it?

Can you let it go?”  

These lyrics seem to be pleading with an ex-partner that has not forgiven them for something that happened in the past. “Will you forget it? Can you let it go?” is repeated so many times in the song that it seems this song is based on heartbreak. 

The end of the song has equally impactful lyrics. It ends with a sense of frustration coming from Eilish:

“I needed to go ’cause I needed to know you don’t need me

You reap what you sow, but it seems like you don’t even see me”

“You say it to me like it’s something I have any choice in

If I wasn’t important, then why would you waste all your poison?”

Instead of pleading with the ex-partner, Eilish expresses her frustration – showing that the ex-partner has hurt her as well. 

Behind the scenes workers can not be forgotten; “Los Vas A Olvidar” was produced by FINNEAS and the music video was directed by Nabil Elderkin. 

FINNEAS is the brother of Eilish and produced not only “Los Vas A Olvidar” but all of her other music as well. He won 4 Grammys in 2020, including producer of the year. It is undeniable that his producing style was present in this song — incredible detail, style, and synthesizers.

Nabil Elderkin is an Australian-American photographer and video director. As said by Complex, he has also shot videos for J.Cole, Nicki Minaj, Frank Ocean, John Legend, and more. 

All of this said, this song clearly has a very impactful and relatable meaning, as well as incredible vocals and production. If you need more bilingual heartbreak songs to spice up your playlist, this is a great place to start.

By Mary Mabry, engagement editor, 2021-22

Hi! My name is Mary. I'm the engagement editor for The Mycenaean. I am a member of the Leesville Symphonic Band and I have 3 dogs!

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