Lily Allen
"The Fear"
Live at the V Festival, 2009

Lily Allen pulls off a really tricky rhetorical tightrope act in these lyrics – if the phrasing and inflection was just a little off, the balance of pathos and social commentary would seem hollow, cruel and smug. This resonates because it’s sung from the perspective of the most spoiled possible person, and that character is allowed to be self-aware and self-loathing. But their nihilism only serves as a justification for their petty, shallow behavior - “It’s not my fault, it’s how I’m programmed to function.”

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