->''"I don't really see how any song can not feel contrived if it isn't honest, and how could I write honest songs if I don't write about stuff going on in my life and how I'm feeling?"''

Lily Rose Beatrice Cooper, known professionally as Lily Allen, is a British artist known for light pop songs, usually with some form of satirical message behind them. She was born in London on May 2, 1985, to actor and musician Keith Allen and film producer Alison Owen. Her brother, Creator/AlfieAllen (a target of at least one of her songs), plays Theon Greyjoy on ''Series/GameOfThrones''.

As a child, Lily attended some of the most expensive [[UsefulNotes/BritishEducationSystem British Public Schools]] around, but got expelled from most of them for drinking and smoking, and dropped out of school at 16. At first, she was seen as immature and bratty, and was rejected by many labels which she attributes to her lifestyle. However, she still achieved mainstream success, and developed a much more mature image in music videos like "The Fear".

Despite her school life and having a pretty similar past to even a criminal, she is talented in what she does and has achieved Grade 5 piano as well as Grade ''8'' singing. She also writes all of her own songs, which is actually pretty impressive considering the large amounts of subtext she puts into her songs ("The Fear" is a perfect example - ''"I'll look at the sun, and I'll look in the mirror"'' can mean this in a literal sense, but [[FridgeBrilliance "The Sun" and "The Mirror" are also popular UK newspapers]] that regularly report on celebrities' lives).

In 2012 she announced that in future she would be releasing music under her married name, Lily Rose Cooper. But then she decided to stick with Lily Allen after all. Her third album ''Sheezus'' appeared in 2014, preceded by the singles "Hard Out Here" and "Air Balloon".

* ''Alright, Still'' (2006)
* ''It's Not Me, It's You'' (2009)
* ''Sheezus'' (2014)
* AdultFear: When you know what "Take My Place" is [[OutlivingOnesOffspring about]] ([[spoiler: Lily having a stillbirth]]), it becomes a big case of this.
* AGodIAm: The surface concept behind Sheezus
* AffectionateParody: "Nan, You're A Window Shopper" is an affectionate parody of Music/FiftyCent's "Window Shopper".
* BadassAdorable: Lily has some serious balls hidden beneath her cutesy pop songs.
* CaughtWithYourPantsDown: How Lily finds her brother in "Alfie".
* CheapHeat: In live performance, she tends to swap out the reference to "London Town" in "LDN" for wherever she's playing at the time.
* ClusterFBomb: "Fuck You"
** F*** you, [[Film/PitchPerfect Sockapella]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9NHTtw-qxc version!]]
* CrapsaccharineWorld: "LDN" about London and how everything looks exciting and wonderful at first, but when you take a second look... Indeed, most of Lily Allen's songs come across this way due to the musical style they use and the sound of her voice. "Smile" and "The Fear" come to mind.
* DefenestrateAndBerate: "Smile" shows her getting revenge upon her cheating boyfriend by hiring thugs to beat him up and trash his apartment.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment:
** "The Fear" begins thus:
-->I wanna be rich\\
And I want lots of money
* DisappearedDad: Keith Allen wasn't around much when Lily was young. They later reconciled though, and this became the subject of "He Wasn't There".
* DisproportionateRetribution: "Smile" had the singer's character pay people to beat him up, ruin his means of livelihood, mess up his apartment, and put laxatives in his coffee, while she pretends to be comforting. The lyrics indicates that while he had been cheating, they aren't even going out anymore.
* DullSurprise: And how.
* HeartbreakAndIceCream: The woman who was cheated on in "Smile" eats chocolate, but she still looks depressed. Needs more chocolate.
* IHaveToWashMyHair: "Knock 'Em Out" is essentially a string of these, ranging from the girl saying she's getting married next week to claiming she has to go because her house is on fire.
* LyricalDissonance: Allen seems to love the trope.
** "LDN" by Lily Allen borders on a LampshadeHanging. It's an upbeat song about how the back alleys in London are nowhere near as nice as the rest of the city...
** The music video lampshades the lampshade. In it, everything is all bright and perky and cheery as Lily goes skipping along-- at least until she's out of range when everything reverts to its normal twisted self.
** Quite a few of Lily Allen's songs are like that. "Smile" is about a girl [[strike:getting revenge on her boyfriend]]systematically ruining her cheating ex's life
*** The music video is, at least. The song itself is about taking pleasure in her ex's suffering, not necessarily caused by Lily.
** "Alfie" is about her brother doing drugs.
** "The Fear" talks about the pressures of being famous and the dark side to fame.
** Basically every single song on the first album "Alright Still" consisted of sugar-sweet pop with bitter and cynical lyrics (Exception: "Littlest Things"). She broadened her style in later albums but it remained a theme...
--->I don't know what I'm meant to feel anymore...
** "Not Fair" is a rather upbeat, country-style song about how she is in a relationship with a man who is quite nice but unable to satisfy her sexually.
** "He Wasn't There" is a very bouncy pop song about her absentee father...
** Also "Fuck You" is a very upbeat, cheery song where Lily chews up intolerant people while dropping total of about 30 [[ClusterFBomb F-bombs]]
** "Everything's Just Wonderful" is a very sarcastic song with a happy beat. In it, Lily laments about being broke, unable to pay mortgage. She also talks about the pressure women have in advertising.
** 22 is a very upbeat song and its lyrics are, well...
--> "It's sad but it's true how society says her life was already over..."
** On "Never Gonna Happen" she tells a guy that she is never going to want him, with a cheerful-catchy melody.
** "Take My Place", arguably.
** "Alfie" sounds akin to carnival music, but about Lily's brother Alfie doing drugs and generally being a bum.
* MesACrowd: The video for "Our Time" features four Lilys. One similar to "Hard out Here", one prim and proper, one drunk and blonde, and one in a hotdog suit. Two of the Lilys make-out at one point.
* MusicVideoOvershadowing: "Who'd Have Known" is a lovely song about a maturing relationship. Its video is a creepy video in which Lily Allen stalks and then kidnaps Elton John.
* NewSoundAlbum: ''It's Not Me, It's You'' was a whole mixture of pop styles, but distinctly different to ''Alright, Still'' which was mostly {{ska}}-influenced.
* NoPeriodsPeriod: Obliterated by "Sheezus":
-->Periods, periods, we all get periods
-->Every month, that's what the [[PainfulRhyme theory is]]
* OldManConversationSong: Subversion. "Take What You Take" has the old person talking to Lily entirely in cliches and questionable folk wisdom, leading to Lily's exasperation and (somewhat inevitably) a PrecisionFStrike.
* PantyShot: Lily often gives fans of candid shot hers.
* RealityWarper: In the music video for ''Fuck You'', Lily appears to be one, inflicting funhouse-mirror-ish transformations upon random people and buildings as she wanders around town.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: "Fuck You" is one long explanation why it sucks when people are hateful and bigots, and it's directed at them. More specifically, it's about George W. Bush.
* RecordProducer: ''It's Not Me, It's You'' was produced exclusively by Greg Kurstin, known for his work as part of The Bird and The Bee.
* RichBitch: Lily paints herself as this in "Silver Spoon". Yes, it's in SarcasmMode.
* SoundEffectBleep: The radio edit of "Fuck You" uses funny sounds instead of the F-word.
* SurvivalMantra: "Life For Me" can come off as this as Lily must keep repeating she is happy with her more calm life.
* TakeThat: "Hard Out Here" is pretty much several minutes of jabs at sexism in the music industry. It's even more apparent in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0CazRHB0so music video]], which mocks Music/MileyCyrus and Music/RobinThicke especially.
** "Everything's Just Wonderful" throws a subtle take that at Kate Moss and the advertising industry as a whole.
* TakeThatCritics: "URL Badman".
* TripleNipple: Proud owner of one.
* YourCheatingHeart: "Smile" is about a woman who takes a revenge on her cheating ex, which includes getting him beaten up, putting laxative in his coffee and having his stuff in his apartment destroyed, including his precious [=LPs=].