New Lily Allen song: "Why"

Aww, sad flower! Brit-pop bad girl Lily Allen’s usual naughty, filter-less backtalk is nowhere to be found on the new B-side from February’s It’s Not Me, It’s You. "Why is my phone full of so many numbers / And why doesn’t anyone call? / Maybe they think I’m always too busy / Or maybe I’ve no friends at all," she sighs mournfully over plinking strings and sweeping orchestra swells. Listen below:

Tell me, Mixers, doesn’t it sound like one of those forlorn little ditties that lonely animated Disney heroines sing to their only true friend, a tiny dormouse/hermit crab/bluebird, before the prince/sultan/beast-who-is-really-a-prince-or-a-sultan swoops in to the rescue? (Minus, perhaps, the reference to ingesting massive quantities of ecstasy?)

Do you like the more vulnerable Lily, showcased here and on certain softer bits of INMIY? Or do you prefer it when she sticks to the alpha-girl sauce, on numbers like "Never Gonna Happen" and "F— You"?

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  • I love lily

    I prefer my Lily to be uncensored and feisty. The new song does seems a little too soft, but it’s still superior to anything in mainstream music right now.

  • Jay

    I really like it. But I also like “It’s Not Me, It’s You” a lot. So maybe I’m a fan of vulnerable Lily.

  • G.R.

    Nice song!
    Frankly, I think Lily is one of the more interesting lyricists working today — both in her sassy, funny moments (“Not Big,” “Never Gonna Happen”), as well as in more sincere and vulnerable moments (“Littlest Things,” “He Wasn’t There”). And I like how she shifts easily between these modes.

  • Anonymous

    Lily is mainstream.

  • dougie

    nice song not a hit , should give :never gonna happen :for new album

  • anonymous

    What about Chinese? A very touching song for her Mum? Why not prefer both? Sassy/sweet. Obviously Leah Greenblatt doesn’t have anything nice to think, from being too one sided. These song’s are observational. Every song is not about Lily Allen, even when she uses herself as a pawn, by becoming the person she is singing about. It’s part of creative, writing. But then if Greenblatt knew that by listening to her speak, of her songs, then there would be nothing to write about because it isn’t negative.

  • anonymous

    What about Chinese? A very touching song for her Mum? Why not prefer both? Sassy/sweet. Obviously Leah Greenblatt doesn’t have anything nice to think, from being too one sided. These song’s are observational. Every song is not about Lily Allen, even when she uses herself as a pawn, by becoming the person she is singing about. It’s part of creative, writing. But then if Greenblatt knew that by listening to her speak, of her songs, then there would be nothing to write about because it isn’t negative.

  • Alex

    Oh dear your limited ability is exposed with this song, Susan Boyle would take this track to platinum sales but sadly Lilys will amount to hundreds

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