Music / Lily Allen
"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, Alfie Allen (a target of at least one of her songs), plays Theon Greyjoy on Game of Thrones.

As a child, Lily attended some of the most expensive 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 "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)


  • Adult Fear: When you know what "Take My Place" is about ( Lily having a stillbirth), it becomes a big case of this.
  • A God I Am: The surface concept behind Sheezus
  • Affectionate Parody: "Nan, You're A Window Shopper" is an affectionate parody of 50 Cent's "Window Shopper".
  • Badass Adorable: Lily has some serious balls hidden beneath her cutesy pop songs.
  • Caught with Your Pants Down: How Lily finds her brother in "Alfie".
  • Cheap Heat: In live performance, she tends to swap out the reference to "London Town" in "LDN" for wherever she's playing at the time.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: "Fuck You"
  • Crapsaccharine World: "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.
  • Defenestrate and Berate: "Smile" shows her getting revenge upon her cheating boyfriend by hiring thugs to beat him up and trash his apartment.
  • Department of Redundancy Department:
    • "The Fear" begins thus:
    I wanna be rich
    And I want lots of money
  • Disappeared Dad: Keith Allen wasn't around much when Lily was young. They later reconciled though, and this became the subject of "He Wasn't There".
  • Disproportionate Retribution: "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.
  • Dull Surprise: And how.
  • Heartbreak and Ice Cream: The woman who was cheated on in "Smile" eats chocolate, but she still looks depressed. Needs more chocolate.
  • I Have to Wash My Hair: "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.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: Allen seems to love the trope.
    • "LDN" by Lily Allen borders on a Lampshade Hanging. 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 getting revenge on her boyfriendsystematically 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 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.
  • Me's a Crowd: 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.
  • Music Video Overshadowing: "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.
  • New Sound Album: 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.
  • No Periods, Period: Obliterated by "Sheezus":
    Periods, periods, we all get periods
    Every month, that's what the theory is
  • Old Man Conversation Song: 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 Precision F-Strike.
  • Panty Shot: Lily often gives fans of candid shot hers.
  • Reality Warper: 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.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: "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.
  • Record Producer: 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.
  • Rich Bitch: Lily paints herself as this in "Silver Spoon". Yes, it's in Sarcasm Mode.
  • Survival Mantra: "Life For Me" can come off as this as Lily must keep repeating she is happy with her more calm life.
  • Take That!: "Hard Out Here" is pretty much several minutes of jabs at sexism in the music industry. It's even more apparent in the music video, which mocks Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke especially.
    • "Everything's Just Wonderful" throws a subtle take that at Kate Moss and the advertising industry as a whole.
  • Take That, Critics!: "URL Badman".
  • Triple Nipple: Proud owner of one.
  • Your Cheating Heart: "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.