Song of the Day #432: ‘Everything’s Just Wonderful’ – Lily Allen

lilyallen3Lily Allen makes my list of sexy performers for two reasons: attitude and accent. Yes, she’s a pretty woman, but in the way that somebody you work or go to school with is pretty… which is actually another part of her charm. There’s something very real about her brash no-bullshit style, a contrast to the pop princesses to whom she’d otherwise be compared.

And then there’s her voice, and particularly her accent. I’ve never considered myself a sucker for accents the way some people are. But in recent years I’ve noticed that some accents work a bit of magic on me. A slight southern accent can have that effect. Definitely a Scottish accent (as you’ll see later this week). And a working-class British accent… big winner. I could listen to Lily Allen sing all day just to hear her pronunciations.

When I hear Lily Allen I want to live in a cheap London flat with a couple of stoners and spend most of my time pub hopping — and I don’t even drink. I want to date her and break up with her and have her write a song about me in which she insults me in Cockney slang.

Today’s song is a great one from her debut album Alright, Still. It’s certainly the only tune in recorded history to mention Kate Moss and spaghetti bolognese in the same verse.

Do you think, everything, everyone, is going mental,
It seems to me that it’s spiraling outta control and it’s inevitable,
Now don’t you think,
This time is yours, this time is mine,
It’s temperamental,
It seems to me, we’re on all fours,
Crawling on our knees,
Someone help us please

Oh Jesus Christ almighty,
Do I feel alright? No not slightly,
I wanna get a flat I know I can’t afford it,
It’s just the bureaucrats who won’t give me a mortgage,
Well it’s very funny cos I got your fucking money,
And I’m never gonna get it just because of my bad credit
Oh well I guess I mustn’t grumble,
I suppose that’s just the way the cookie crumbles.

[Chorus]
Oh yes, I’m fine,
Everything’s just wonderful,
I’m having the time of my life.

Don’t you want something else,
Something new, than what we’ve got here,
And don’t you feel it’s all the same,
Some sick game and it’s not insincere,
I wish I could change the ways of the world,
Make it a nice place
Until that day, I guess we stay,
Doing what we do
Screwing who we screw

Why can’t I sleep at night,
Don’t say it’s gonna be alright,
I wanna be able to eat spaghetti bolognese,
and not feel bad about it for days and days and days.
In the magazines they talk about weight loss,
If I buy those jeans I can look like Kate Moss,
Oh no it’s not the life I chose,
But I guess that’s the way that things go,

[Chorus x2]

Oh Jesus Christ almighty,
Do I feel alright? No not slightly,
I wanna get a flat I know I can’t afford it,
It’s just the bureaucrats who won’t give me a mortgage,
Well it’s very funny cos I got your fucking money,
And I’m never gonna get it just because of my bad credit
Oh well I guess I mustn’t grumble,
I suppose that’s just the way the cookie crumbles.

[Chorus x2]

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #432: ‘Everything’s Just Wonderful’ – Lily Allen

  1. Dana says:

    See, this is where we diverge, as I never want to stay in a cheap London flat with a couple of stoners and spend most of my time pub hopping, and I don’t want to listen to songs that conjure those feelings. So, a song like this wouldn’t really make it to a steady rotation on my IPod.

    I do hear ya on the accent thing, but I also have to like the style of music accompanying the accent, so if the song is too clubby or too country, the accent won’t save it for me–and it doesn’t do so here.

  2. Amy says:

    This was not the song I was expecting after reading your entry. It’s far more pop and jaunty than I anticipated. Much to my disappointment, I must admit. Somehow I can’t imagine that song playing in a pub, not that I have spent much time in pubs. Still, I can understand her appeal. And she’s clearly closer to Evangeline Lilly than to Lili Taylor 😉

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