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Alfie

by

Lily Allen



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This samples Sandie Shaw's 1960s UK hit "Puppet On A String."
This song is a sweetly protective tribute to Lily's younger brother Alfie Owen-Allen in which she tries to persuade him to emerge from his room and stop wasting his life away. She complains that he is spending too much time stuck in his room smoking weed, watching television and playing computer games.
This was released as a Double A-sided single with "Shame On You." (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for all above)
In the video Allen made for this song her brother is played by a Chuckie doll type animation. The real Alfie Allen is an entirely different character from the one portrayed therein; he is a dramatic actor; in January 2008 it was announced that he was to take over the lead in the stage play Equus. On January 15, 2008 he appeared on BBC TV's morning news program where he treated the song with good humor, but there is certainly some sibling rivalry going on here. Earlier he was quoted on his sister in the press saying she was lazy and always had people running around after her. At the time she was pregnant, but he added: "She's at home in bed and everyone is running around after her. Mind you, you have to look after Lily even if she isn't pregnant." (thanks, Alexander Baron - London, England)
The song's promo was directed by Sarah Chatfield, who wanted do to a Tom and Jerry-like video where the human character is cut off at the waist. Allen was not going to be part of it originally, but she loved Chatfield's idea so much that she did end up appearing in the clip. Chatfield told The Independent March 12, 2010: "A big director once told me you should listen to what a track sounds like – that's the key to the magic idea – and the track sounded to me like a Hanna-Barbera cartoon. I based it on the woman in Tom and Jerry, where you only see her feet."
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Comments (5):

Hilarious song. I've only heard the radio edited version though. Something tells me a lot of Lily's songs are going to be profanity laced.
- Benton Fraser, Toronto, ON
The video is hilarious - I wonder how her bro feels about this song?
- Theresa, Murfreesboro, TN
I frikkin love this song and i love the puppet...hes my idel!!!!!! and if you dont like it you can suck this dick..---> qp
- Makaladawn, Gold river, NS
This song is fine, but i really think she has better songs other than this one.
- Heather, San Jose, CA
I've just listened to the "Alright Still" album for the first time, this is certainly one of the better songs on the album, like the use of the Puppet on a String sample, goes really well with the song
- Dave, Cardiff, Wales
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