What Was I Made For?

"What Was I Made For?" was written and performed by American singer Billie Eilish and her brother, Finneas O'Connell, for the 2023 movie, Barbie.


What Was I Made For? (C)(WORD)
What Was I Made For? (C)(PDF)

What Was I Made For? (G)(WORD)
What Was I Made For? (G)(PDF)

YOU CAN PLAY ALONG WITH THE FIRST VIDEO using the (C) songsheet! The second video from the 2024 Oscars is lower starting on Bb. For BUG Jam, we may do the (G) songsheet - we'll see!

You can do all soft downstrokes throughout the song (strumming with your thumb can give a softer sound then regular strumming with your 2nd finger nail). Alternatively you can try this fingerpicking pattern:

[C]                  [Em]                 [Fmaj7]





The formatting challenge for a group songsheet re chord placement is Billie's awesome vocal phrasing. With many of the lines, she starts a word just before the chord that's on the first beat of the next measure. But if I format it that way, folks who don't know the song well may find it hard to phrase, and the group might play things way off kilter. As an example of what I mean, instead of "What I was [C] made for [Em] / [F]" Billie sings it "What I was made [C] for [Em] / [F]" and instead of "When did it [C] end [Em] all the en-[F]joyment?" she sings it "When did it end [C] [Em] all the en-[F]joyment?".

"What Was I Made For?" was written by American singer/songwriter Billie Eilish and her brother and long-time collaborator Finneas O'Connell. On July 6, 2023, Eilish announced the single on her social media. In an accompanying announcement, she said that the song "means the absolute" world to her. The singer hoped that the track would "change lives" and told her fans to "get ready to sob". It was released on July 13, 2023, as the fifth single from the soundtrack to the 2023 fantasy comedy film Barbie. The music video for "What Was I Made For?" was released alongside the single on July 13. The video, directed by Eilish herself, was shot entirely one take, and portrays Eilish in a yellow dress (the color Stereotypical Barbie wears at the end of the film) and a blonde wig styled with bangs and a high ponytail similar to the hairstyle of the original 1959 Barbie."What Was I Made For?" was commercially successful worldwide and reached number-one in Australia, Ireland, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, as well as peaking at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States for 14 weeks. It's streamed over 2 billion times.

It received five nominations at the 66th Annual Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year, and won for Song of the Year (which became the first song from a movie since "My Heart Will Go On" from Titanic, sung by Celine Dion, to win in this category) and Best Song Written for Visual Media. It won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song at the 81st Golden Globe Awards and it also won the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 96th Academy Awards.

Barbie is a 2023 fantasy comedy film directed by Greta Gerwig from a screenplay she wrote with Noah Baumbach. Based on the eponymous fashion dolls by Mattel, it is the first live-action Barbie film after numerous animated films and specials. It stars Margot Robbie as the title character and Ryan Gosling as Ken, and follows them on a journey of self-discovery through both Barbieland and the real world following an existential crisis.

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