Song of the Day #2,117: ‘Sheezus’ – Lily Allen

lily_allen_sheezusLily Allen releases her third full-length album next month, more than five years after her sophomore effort, It’s Not Me, It’s You.

During that period she announced she was quitting the music business, had a couple of kids, changed her professional name to Lily Rose Cooper, sang backup on a Pink song, changed her name back to Lily Allen and went back to the studio to record the new album, Sheezus.

I love the title, a play on Kanye West’s Yeezus, and I’m a big fan of Allen in general. Her brash attitude (not to mention her charming Cockney accent) bleeds through every one of her tracks.

The title track of Sheezus isn’t as immediately catchy as most of her previous work, but it is provocative.

Allen has been accused of “calling out” her fellow pop divas in this track, but I read it more as a celebration of the whole group. Allen has been outspoken about the competition between female artists that is played up in the media — you simply don’t see male artists covered that way.

[Verse 1]
Been here before, so I’m prepared
Not gonna lie though, I’m kinda scared
Lace up my gloves, I’m going in
Don’t let my kids watch me when I get in the ring
I’ll take the hits, roll with the punches
I’ll get back up, it’s not as if I’ve never done this
But then again, the game is changing
Can’t just come back, jump on the mic and do the same thing
There goes the bell, I know that sound
I guess it’s time for me to go another round
Now wish me luck, I’m gonna need it
I’ll see you on the other side, if I’m still breathing

RiRi isn’t scared of Katy Perry’s roaring
Queen B’s going back to the drawing
Lorde smells blood, yeah, she’s about to slay you
Kid ain’t one to fuck with when she’s only on her debut
We’re all watching Gaga, L-O-L-O, ah-ha
Dying for the art so, really, she’s a martyr
The second best will never cut it for the divas
Give me that crown, bitch
I wanna be Sheezus

[Verse 2]
I’m ready for all the comparisons
I think it’s dumb and it’s embarrassing
I’m switching off, no longer listening
I’ve had enough of persecution and conditioning
Maybe it’s an instinct, we’re only animal
Maybe it’s healthy, maybe it’s rational
It makes me angry, I’m serious
But then again, I’m just about to get my period
Periods, we all get periods
Every month, yo, that’s what the theory is
It’s human nature, another cycle
Be nice to me, I’ll make you one of my disciples


[Bridge] x2
I am born again, now run along and tell
All your friends to come and join us
Give yourselves to me, I am your leader
“Let me be Sheezus”
“Let me be Sheezus”

One thought on “Song of the Day #2,117: ‘Sheezus’ – Lily Allen

  1. Dana says:

    On first listen, I kinda love this song. I played the video before reading your comments and, I must admit that I thought she was ripping into the diva artists. However, I see your point, particularly after reading the lyrics.

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