Lily Allen: It’s not me, it’s you

Lily Allen

Cheeky and outspoken London singer-songwriter Lily Allen looks the part of a carefree party girl ready for a night out on the town so it is hard to imagine her, even a little, as the forlorn mum she feels like. Sometimes the plain speaking is disconcerting for the politically-correct-verging-on-hypocritically-intolerant listener but the no-nonsense audience will filter through the not-always-comfortable form. Lily says it as she feels it and means it, and so she writes and sings it. So what sometimes … Read on…

I Write The Songs #44

Play dead, Bjork, Iceland Save tonight, Eagle Eye Cherry, 3.56, Sweden Full steam ahead, David Gray and Annie Lennox, England All fall down, Ultravox, 1986, UK Who will save your soul, Jewel, USA Everybody’s changing, Keane, England The sweetest thing, Lauryn Hill, Jamaica You give me something, James Morrisson, 3.35 Underneath your clothes, Shakira, Columbia The girl from Ipanema, Frank Sinatra, USA Sleep like breathing, Alison Moyet (featuring David Freeman), 4.20, 1987 Eyes wide open, … Read on…

I Write The Songs #41

part 1 Put you records on, Corinne Bailey Rae, 2006, UK Crippled inside, John Lennon, UK I Wish I Was A Bird, Jesse Harris, USA Soundtrack featured: Pure Shores, Shaznay Lewis (All Saints), UK/Canada Run, Snow Patrol, 2004, Ireland/Scotland Featured singer-songwriter: Iain Archer Sitting on the dock of the bay, Otis Redding part 2 This boy, James Morrisson (written with Tim Kellett), 3.50, 2008, UK Smile, Lily Allen, 2006, UK The Scientist, Coldplay, 2002, UK Elderflower Fall, Pitch Feather, … Read on…

I Write The Songs #39

Crossroads, Tracy Chapman, 4.11, 1989 Grace, Jeff Buckley, 5.21, 1994 No more I love yous, Annie Lennox, 4.49, 1995, Scotland Ashes, Ben Harper, 3.51 Still, Macy Gray, 4.13, 1999, USA I need a dollar, Aloe Blacc, 4.03, 2011, USA Somewhere only we know, Lily Allen Everybody’s changing, Keane Beautiful that way, Noa, Israel Complainte de la butte Rufus Wainwright, Canada Confusion, The Zutons, England Feel it all, KT Tunstall, 3.46, 2013 Carolina on my mind, James Taylor, … Read on…

I Write The Songs #36

The sensual world, Kate Bush, England Full steam, David Gray & Annie Lennox, England/Scotland Toxic, Yael Naim (Cathy Dennis), UK/Israel Sexual Healing, Marvin Gaye, 1982, USA Easy, Sheryl Crowe, 2014, USA Easy, Lionel Richie and the Commodores, 1977, USA Your song, Ewan Gregor (Elton John), 2001, UK Behind the wall, Tracy Chapman, 1.46, USA Something stupid, Robbie Williams & Nicole Kidman, 2.50, USA/UK Complainte de la butte, Rufus Wainwright (Jean Renoir, Georges Van Parys ), … Read on…

I Write The Songs #35

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Sorry, Karine Polwart Confusion, The Zutons, 2004 one of us, joan osborne ( Eric Bazilian’s cover; from the hooters) Everybody’s changing – keane (written by Tim Rice-Oxley, Tom Chaplin, Richard Hughes) once covered by Lily Allen, 2004 Bridges, Krista Detor, 2014 Creep, radiohead Your love is king, Sade Talk to me, Babyface and Eric Clapton, 1996 Picking up the pieces, Paloma Faith , 2012 walk us uptown, elvis costello and the roots Ironic, alanis morrissette, … Read on…