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Lily Allen — LDN
Album: Alright, Still
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Total ratings: 640









Released: 2006
Length: 3:05
Plays (last 30 days): 0
Riding through the city on my bike all day
Cause the filth took away my license
It doesn't get me down and I feel O.K.
Cause the sights that I'm seeing are priceless

Everything seems to look as it should
But I wonder what goes on behind doors
A fella looking dapper, but he's sitting with a slapper
Then I see it's a pimp and his crack whore

You might laugh, you might frown
Walking 'round London town

Sun is in the sky, oh why, oh why
Would I wanna be anywhere else?
Sun is in the sky, oh why, oh why
Would I wanna be anywhere else?

When you look with your eyes
Everything seems nice
But if you look twice
You can see it's all lies

There was a little old lady who was walking down the road
She was struggling with bags from Tesco
There were people from the city having lunch in the park
I believe that it's called al fresco

When a kid came along to offer a hand
But before she had time to accept it
Hits her over the head, doesn't care if she's dead
Cause he's got all her jewelery and wallet

You might laugh, you might frown
Walking 'round London town

Sun is in the sky, oh why, oh why
Would I wanna be anywhere else?
Sun is in the sky, oh why, oh why
Would I wanna be anywhere else?

When you look with your eyes
Everything seems nice
But if you look twice
You can see it's all lies

Life, yeah that's city life, yeah that's city life, yeah that's city life
Life, yeah that's city life, yeah that's city life, yeah that's city life

Sun is in the sky, oh why, oh why
Would I wanna be anywhere else?
Sun is in the sky, oh why, oh why
Would I wanna be anywhere else?

Sun is in the sky, oh why, oh why
Would I wanna be anywhere else?
Sun is in the sky, oh why, oh why
Would I wanna be anywhere else?

When you look with your eyes
Everything seems nice
But if you look twice
You can see it's all lies

When you look with your eyes
Everything seems nice
But if you look twice
You can see it's all lies
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Spoilt little public schoolgirl, daughter of a famous english actor (who is one of these small people with attitude syndrome types) with ties to the music business who pretends she is from the street with her lyrics about crackwhores etc. Perlease !!

Please R.P don't play this crap again, there is nothing genuine or talented about this at all.

Nil points.

 

Fun and funny... the song's great!
 Limpopoking wrote:

The whole album is great... and this coming from an old fart rocker {#Lol}

 
Yup yup!

Awesome! Thanks RP!


 fredriley wrote:
I can understand the polarised responses to this. IMO if you don't know London (or Lahndahn, as the inhabitants would have it) this song will mean absolutely zip, and may well be seriously irritating. IIRC Lily Allen recorded a milder version of this with far more innocent lyrics which was released to the general public, and did very well in the pop charts.

You wouldn't catch me dissing Lily - her dad's a serious hard nut!
 
Sorry matey, I must repsectfully disagree, I live in London, and it's still seriously irritating {#Tongue-out}


The whole album is great... and this coming from an old fart rocker {#Lol}



She is just too adorable not to like, but she'd probably just get drunk and kick me. So this song is kinda like her, sounds cutesy, but really is kinda dark...
 fredriley wrote:
I can understand the polarised responses to this. IMO if you don't know London (or Lahndahn, as the inhabitants would have it) this song will mean absolutely zip, and may well be seriously irritating. IIRC Lily Allen recorded a milder version of this with far more innocent lyrics which was released to the general public, and did very well in the pop charts.

You wouldn't catch me dissing Lily - her dad's a serious hard nut!
 
I lived in London for 6 years and I still think this is awful, childish and irritating drivel with terrible forced ryhmes.  Ok, I can divide it.  It's the music that is irritating and the lyrics that are just awful, childish drivel.


Could she sound any more adorable? Almost disgustingly so...
and yet, the very apparent english accent gives it an edge.
fantastic, a London set. Heather Nova, David Bowie, pretend chav Lily Allen,

oh why would I wanna be anywhere else?
I can understand the polarised responses to this. IMO if you don't know London (or Lahndahn, as the inhabitants would have it) this song will mean absolutely zip, and may well be seriously irritating. IIRC Lily Allen recorded a milder version of this with far more innocent lyrics which was released to the general public, and did very well in the pop charts.

You wouldn't catch me dissing Lily - her dad's a serious hard nut!
I like this a lot more if her old man wasn't such ****!

Love it! God Bless the Queen -- we're still getting great music from across the pond!
Go ahead Bill, throw it in every now and then!
I get it. The rest of the album follows right along. It's great in the car really really loud. :wink:
Fascinating the polarized response to this. Yes, it's pop, but the great barbed lyrics make this very clever pop. It's also pretty unpretentious, unlike all the Britney-alikes and their kin. For us Brits it's in a direct line from the deliciously observed music that Ian Dury used to produce before he sadly left us. If you don't get it, I would have to question whether maybe it's because you're taking things a bit too seriously. Or maybe you just don't get the British sideways look at life.
:dance: dumb :dancingbanana: dumb c a n ' t h e l p t a p p i n g f o o t :eek:
Fun. Tongue-in-chic.
Dave_Mack wrote:
I really enjoy this, in large part for the trumpet parts. Are they sampled from something else? (My apologizes if this has already been discussed...)
They are sampled, from "Reggae Merengue", written by Tommy McCook.
I imagine this song isn't for everyone on RP (as evidenced by the rating of around 6), but I like it. Something about BritPop is so much better than the American pop out there. I'd much rather listen to Lily Allen than Britney Spears or someone like that. There's some humor in Lily's lyrics that makes it more enjoyable to me.
Awful. Simply awful. No redeeming qualities whatsoever. Sucko-barfo indeed.
musikalia wrote:
Yay, I was just wondering when we'd hear this one again. For what it is (catchy pop), it's good. :bananajumprope:
Catchy pop is something I've always respected. :bananajumprope:
"..i believe that's called al fresco" ... downgraded for that lyric
entertaining :dancingbanana:
esotericderek wrote:
Didn't Samantha Fox already sing this song? Or maybe it's just that Little Miss Allen reminds me of Samantha Fox in all her East End trashiness. Only without the sex appeal. Bleh! :puke:
Ha ha! Spot on!
Not digging it!
Not quite right for a rainy, chilly day in Houston. Though it is cheering in a way.
Didn't Samantha Fox already sing this song? Or maybe it's just that Little Miss Allen reminds me of Samantha Fox in all her East End trashiness. Only without the sex appeal. Bleh! :puke:
SummerDaze wrote:
Pretty lame....not even good pop
I hate to contradict but I think this is a classic "Pop" song and very enjoyable pop at that.
:eh:
Pretty lame....not even good pop
Meh. I don't get why she's so adored. But it's tolerable.
Dave_Mack wrote:
I really enjoy this, in large part for the trumpet parts. Are they sampled from something else? (My apologizes if this has already been discussed...)
What about the sax parts, Dave? I've seen this played live on the YouTube, so I think they're just making it sound sampled. There's lots more of the same kind of horn stuff on the rest of the album.
Yay, I was just wondering when we'd hear this one again. For what it is (catchy pop), it's good. :bananajumprope:
Happy sound....nice
I really enjoy this, in large part for the trumpet parts. Are they sampled from something else? (My apologizes if this has already been discussed...)
Lovely, fluffy, harmless pop with a touch of depth to it. No need to look deeper folks. Don't think this piece is meant to be more.
GChevy410 wrote:
If we are just going from original street cred, then Dylan is the biggest poser ever. His real story is he is a college boy son of a Jewish shoemaker in Philly (I think). His real name is Robert Zimmerman, and he became infatuated with Woodie Guthrie and copied his life. End of story.
This is my vote for most stupid comment on RP, ever. Why do people who know absolutely nothing about a topic feel that they should inflict their ignorance on everyone else? I don't mind people sharing different opinions, but this demonstration of know-nothingness just grates. /rant mode off
Now that I get used to...I start enjoying this song... :whistle: :cheesygrin:
I saw this chick on SNL; she can barely sing. Does this mean RP is going to put Ashlee Simpson in the rotation?
The whole CD is pretty much like this, really odd though because (like this song) so poppy and upbeat with the rhythms, but if you actually hear the words she's saying/singing, she's just ripping on people left and right...sort of..and dare I use the word, 'ironic' :sunny:
Geo_orc1 wrote:
Not the greatest song but cute. Also, why be an authenticity cop? Does her "street-ness" make it any different? Dylan lived in a frat house for a while. :naughty:
If we are just going from original street cred, then Dylan is the biggest poser ever. His real story is he is a college boy son of a Jewish shoemaker in Philly (I think). His real name is Robert Zimmerman, and he became infatuated with Woodie Guthrie and copied his life. End of story. That said, I have grown to really like him, and finally have moved to the camp that think he is an amazing lyrasist
Catchy little summer song. Don't sweat it and you'll enjoy it. Good Pop?
cooote! i really like this entire CD...actually listened to it a lot this week because someone borrowed my ipod. alfie & smile are even more cute than this one. tesco's!!!
I think she's chewing gum while she's singing this one. Definitely not my favorite "fun song".
superflyLD wrote:
I think it's a nice catchy good weather tune... nice addition to this sunny morning in Boston on the 1st day of May. It's okay for music to be 'just fun' people.
I find the lyrics to be shallow and vapid. Just kidding!! Not listening to 'em and I like the song just fine!
superflyLD wrote:
I think it's a nice catchy good weather tune... nice addition to this sunny morning in Boston on the 1st day of May. It's okay for music to be 'just fun' people.
Yeah! :bananajumprope: Fun has it's merit, for sure!!
I'll stick with Jem.
So why am I thinking Katrina and the Waves? (That's not a good thing, by the way.)
Geo_orc1 wrote:
Not the greatest song but cute. Also, why be an authenticity cop? Does her "street-ness" make it any different? Dylan lived in a frat house for a while. :naughty:
Where did you hear that?
WonderLizard wrote:
Caught her on SNL some weeks back, and unfortunately she never got on key for either this song or one other. May have been nerves.
Or the dude running the dynamic voice pitch-control was busy doing a country music show?
algrif wrote:
About the only half-way decent thing she's done. Everything else is very top 40 pop industry crud. Also, I'm disappointed by her false lower-class accent. Her upper middle family accent breaks through. It made me check her out on Wiki. Interesting to see I was right. A lot of criticism about her double standards in just about every aspect of her life!!
Not the greatest song but cute. Also, why be an authenticity cop? Does her "street-ness" make it any different? Dylan lived in a frat house for a while. :naughty:
I think it's a nice catchy good weather tune... nice addition to this sunny morning in Boston on the 1st day of May. It's okay for music to be 'just fun' people.
Posted: Apr 22, 2007 - 21:50 < Reply > algrif wrote: About the only half-way decent thing she's done. Everything else is very top 40 pop industry crud. Also, I'm disappointed by her false lower-class accent. Her upper middle family accent breaks through. It made me check her out on Wiki. Interesting to see I was right. A lot of criticism about her double standards in just about every aspect of her life!! Matts wrote:
:think: I think that's too much analyzing for a pop song. but the accent & double standards theory is interesting though
ABSOLUTELY!! TRUST WIKI IMPLICITELY!! I give her a 9; tune is 'sporty'
Honestly, I used to like this song, but back to back with Louis makes me think twice...
Caught her on SNL some weeks back, and unfortunately she never got on key for either this song or one other. May have been nerves.
Ths used to follow Skokian by Louis Armstrong. Now it appears it is following Savoy Blues. Both Satchmo tunes were preceded by Madeleine Peyroux. C'mon, get that "random" function going better, or plan the sets better?
algrif wrote:
About the only half-way decent thing she's done. Everything else is very top 40 pop industry crud. Also, I'm disappointed by her false lower-class accent. Her upper middle family accent breaks through. It made me check her out on Wiki. Interesting to see I was right. A lot of criticism about her double standards in just about every aspect of her life!!
:think: I think that's too much analyzing for a pop song. but the accent theory is interesting though
EB3 wrote:
Who cares, the song is fantastic! It's OK for music to be fun. I heard Lily Allen here first and was inspired to look her up. Overall, her stuff is not for me. I almost suggested it to my 13 year old neighbor, but upon a closer look at the lyrics, I decided it wasn't appropriate coming from an adult. Pretty soon she'll find it on her own.
Well.... It's not for you = you would not normally listen to it. You wanted to introduce to a child but realised it was not appropriate..... I think your intiution is telling you something. May I suggest you read between your own line EB3 :)
algrif wrote:
About the only half-way decent thing she's done.
Who cares, the song is fantastic! It's OK for music to be fun. I heard Lily Allen here first and was inspired to look her up. Overall, her stuff is not for me. I almost suggested it to my 13 year old neighbor, but upon a closer look at the lyrics, I decided it wasn't appropriate coming from an adult. Pretty soon she'll find it on her own.
I hope this goes on and on this way, but I know Elivs must be lurking somewhere. Anyway, Bill, ya done good. *grin* ever since that sweet Jerry Garcia piece, which was on when I first turned in today. Yay!!
algrif wrote:
About the only half-way decent thing she's done. Everything else is very top 40 pop industry crud. Also, I'm disappointed by her false lower-class accent. Her upper middle family accent breaks through. It made me check her out on Wiki. Interesting to see I was right. A lot of criticism about her double standards in just about every aspect of her life!!
LOL, that's exactly how it went for me :)
About the only half-way decent thing she's done. Everything else is very top 40 pop industry crud. Also, I'm disappointed by her false lower-class accent. Her upper middle family accent breaks through. It made me check her out on Wiki. Interesting to see I was right. A lot of criticism about her double standards in just about every aspect of her life!!
On_The_Beach wrote:
I find her a tad annoying. Maybe the pre-teens would like it?
I'll be a half century this year, and I'm bouncing to it. To each his own.
One of my favorite new artists of the year. I love how she's all chipper and sweet while delivering such dark lyrics.
LDN? NOBB. Nails on black board.
she's humourous and there's nowt wrong with that
andrello wrote:
My first "1" on RP. What the hell was that? :sick:
+1...almost gave it sucko-barfo, but the hook was a tiny bit catchy. A 2...
I find her a tad annoying. Maybe the pre-teens would like it?
bobrk wrote:
I just bought this CD (at starbucks, sorry Bill) and it is damn catchy. Don't play it in front of your kids. She likes the F-word. ;)
...but even she bottles out of using the C-word: "It's quarter to and we get to the front, Girl on a guest list dressed like a c***", with the word covered by a neat scratchy sound.
ekeyte wrote:
LDN? What does that mean anyway? Low-dose Naltrexone?
Textspeak for London.
Everything she does sounds like an icecream van jingle. Somebody stop her! I BEG YOU!
Sounds a lot like that other song. Wonder if the whole album sounds the same. Not really diggin' it.
this sounds a lot like top 40 garbage
This has to be the happiest, bounciest, perkiest DARK song I've ever heard! :cheers: That takes musical genius. I've always loved this song...
I just bought this CD (at starbucks, sorry Bill) and it is damn catchy. Don't play it in front of your kids. She likes the F-word. ;)
ziggytrix wrote:
I believe he's talking about the content of the lyrics. And if so, I agree wholehearedly. Her words come across to me as those of an overpriveledged, whiny brat. It's a catchy pop tune if you ignore what she's actually saying tho. I guess that's your point?
Sorry, I'm not getting this. I don't see why an underpriveleged brat couldn't have come up with the same lyrics. It's about what she sees as she bikes around London. It's funny. Lighten up on the class stuff.
please :stop: no more!
Daft. LDN? What does that mean anyway? Low-dose Naltrexone?
Pazzat wrote:
(damn: I tried, I really tried, to mention Swindon without mentioning XTC, but it's impossible).
Swindon always makes me think of Spinal Tap! Can't go back To London, Can't go back To Swindon, Can't go back To Waterloo. Can't go back To Debra, Can't go back To Sheila, Can't go back To girls like you
7. It's cute enough. And the britkids love 'er. But a year later, and this is still the only lily cut that finds its way to rp. That can't say good stuff about the album, can it?
Moak wrote:
What does her background have to do with the music. If the music isn't your taste, fine, but I've heard every track on the disc, and she is talented, entertaining and just plain funny.
I believe he's talking about the content of the lyrics. And if so, I agree wholehearedly. Her words come across to me as those of an overpriveledged, whiny brat. It's a catchy pop tune if you ignore what she's actually saying tho. I guess that's your point?
Cruithne3753 wrote:
Well, like Billie Piper, Lily Allen also hails from a small obscure town in South-East England called London.
Billie Piper is from Swindon, an even more obscure town in southern England, and the home of RP regulars XTC (damn: I tried, I really tried, to mention Swindon without mentioning XTC, but it's impossible).
bokey wrote:
Well she did refer to the givers and guardians of societies basic privileges as "filth" in the second line which always gets points with me but that was the high point.I might be reading a bit to much depth into her meaning. Reserving judgement for now.
"Filth" is a standard term for cops in London, particularly East London, hence her reference to having her driving licence taken away by The Filth.
Well she did refer to the givers and guardians of societies basic privileges as "filth" in the second line which always gets points with me but that was the high point. I might be reading a bit to much depth into her meaning. Reserving judgement for now.
My first "1" on RP. What the hell was that? :sick:
sucks.
MrCaps wrote:
OK, just for the sake of indecisiveness I would like to add... after seeing this a few times I have decided this really sucks. The girl has no real clue... little rich b%^ch and a privelaged back-ground really does shine through. This is how it comes across... she seems to be struggling for "hip" ideas to place in her label and decided on this little theme. Now she can be the star of the party with all her shallow little friends.
I know for a fact that everyboby down there in Oz is not as cranky as you. What does her background have to do with the music. If the music isn't your taste, fine, but I've heard every track on the disc, and she is talented, entertaining and just plain funny.
rah wrote:
would be interesting to hear a mashup of this and matthew wilder's break my stride...
:think: ... :eh: :yes: :dance: :good-vibes:
Leslie wrote:
This is an extremely annoying song.
Wrong!
Leslie wrote:
This is an extremely annoying song.
Word!
This is an extremely annoying song.
would be interesting to hear a mashup of this and matthew wilder's break my stride...
i wanna be sedated...
curtkare wrote:
Ok, I counted 8 "cute" comments, oops make that 9 "cute",er an even 10. Once again, I go back to Squeeze - peppy, happy songs about the saddest subjects.
It's all about the irony.
cute the first time, irritating the second time, the video clip is super cool though!
Ok, I counted 8 "cute" comments, oops make that 9 "cute",er an even 10. Once again, I go back to Squeeze - peppy, happy songs about the saddest subjects.
scottc wrote:
This is kinda fun but could turn rather irritating after a bit so I decided to not rate it for now.
Good Call - I'll follow that approach too and re-visit in a couple of weeks
Daniel_Pittenger wrote:
It's cute 80's, I like it ok
agreed it is very cute and caught my ear at first...but it should be played sparingly! I can see it easily becoming "don't steal my sunshine"....gag.
saeys wrote:
They're playing this one all the time on swedish radio... kind of surprised to hear this one on RP.
She is on the radio here in San Francisco as well and made an appearance at the winter concert the station put on.
OldFrenchie wrote:
Yeah too bad they blocked out the good stuff
Thanks for saving me the trip there :)
They're playing this one all the time on swedish radio... kind of surprised to hear this one on RP.
junkmonkey wrote:
never heard of her till i saw a photo of her flashing the paparazzi on perezhilton.com - haha...
Yeah too bad they blocked out the good stuff
This is kinda fun but could turn rather irritating after a bit so I decided to not rate it for now.
It's cute 80's, I like it ok
This song kills me with its icky lyrics and insanely catchy tune. . . I feel like both Jekyll and Hyde. . .
Oobladiooblada
PattonFever wrote:
CUTE!!!
DigitalJer wrote:
Actually, I believe that's (click here) Mockney. And yeah, I agree, the cynicism and wit is great stuff :)
Think Cool for Cats... Checked out her website to hear a handful of songs from the album - cute and catchy - I give her 6 months. (click here)
never heard of her till i saw a photo of her flashing the paparazzi on perezhilton.com - haha...
CUTE!!!
As someone who lived in the East End of Lahndahn Tahn for a couple of years and who absolutely loathes the city, I love the lyrics on this and its delicious irony, but it did get rather more airplay over here than is healthy and started to grate on me. Note that this is the 'x-rated' version of the song - a more 'vanilla' effort was what was usually played on Brit radio stations.
MrCaps wrote:
The cheery tune and the negative cockney lyrics have had me perplexed.
Actually, I believe that's (click here) Mockney. And yeah, I agree, the cynicism and wit is great stuff :)
hey, they're even giving away a free Lily Allen download on iTunes store front page right now, the 'Smile' song I think...
We could definitely use some more Lilly Allen. Come on Bill, what else can you pull out of your hat.
It may not be the most demanding or out of this world, or even that musically inclined songs. But man does it make you cheer up. :) :bananasplit: :sunny:
Heard it once, and it semi-infected my brain. Just heard it again, and now IT WON'T LEAVE! Thanks... I think.
living in london I heard a lot about this latest pop artist claiming not to be pop. I was doing well to avoid coming into contact with her music. Damn, radio paradise caught me unawares!
sqqqrly wrote:
Sounds like something from one of my 4 year old's CDs....... This is a two
I hope not!!! what does your 4 year old listen too!!!Your 4 yo has very advanced understanding of the dictionary and all its contents!!
Debra Harry is that you?