The Fear

by Lily Allen

Duration:
3:27
Released:
Dec 09, 2008
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Lyrics for The Fear by Lily Allen:

Verse 1
I wanna be rich and I want lots of money
I don't care about clever, I don't care about funny
I want loads of clothes and fuckloads of diamonds
I heard people die while they're trying to find them
And I'll take my clothes off and it will be shameless
'Cause everyone knows that's how you get famous
I'll look at the sun and I'll look in the mirror
I'm on the right track, yeah, I'm on to a winner

Chorus
I don't know what's right and what's real anymore
And I don't know how I'm meant to feel anymore
And when do you think it will all become clear?
'Cause I'm being taken over by the fear

Verse 2
Life's about film stars and less about mothers
It's all about fast cars and cussing each other
But it doesn't matter 'cause I'm packing plastic
And that's what makes my life so fucking fantastic
And I am a weapon of massive consumption
And it's not my fault, it's how I'm programmed to function
I'll look at the sun and I'll look in the mirror
I'm on the right track, yeah, we're on to a winner

Chorus
I don't know what's right and what's real anymore
And I don't know how I'm meant to feel anymore
And when do you think it will all become clear?
'Cause I'm being taken over by the fear

Bridge
Forget about guns and forget ammunition
'Cause I'm killing them all on my own little mission
Now I'm not a saint, but I'm not a sinner
And everything's cool as long as I'm getting thinner

Chorus
I don't know what's right and what's real anymore
And I don't know how I'm meant to feel anymore
And when do you think it will all become clear?
'Cause I'm being taken over by the fear

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Song Facts

In this song, Lily sarcastically makes fun of the false image people present on social media. She references quick and easy methods of becoming famous through objectification as opposed to talent.

In an interview for the Telegraph in 2018 Lily revisited her reasons for writing ‘The Fear’.

It’s funny, because when I wrote it, it was meant to be quite tongue-in-cheek and sarcastic, but it’s become quite literal now, sadly.

I was spending a lot of time on MySpace and I guess just starting to know Twitter and it felt like people were putting across a version of themselves that wasn’t necessarily ‘true’, In its infancy, social media felt liberating. And then it felt, quite immediately, quite false. I think The Fear was my reaction to those falsehoods.

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