An Ordinary Life

Album: A Curious Thing (2010)
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  • MacDonald penned this condemnation of the 21st century's obsession with celebrities after watching actor Gerard Butler being mobbed at a film premiere and hoping her own fame doesn't go the same way.
  • MacDonald told Spinner UK that after seeing the crowds flocking around Butler at the opening of his film Law Abiding Citizen, she was put off going to talk to him despite the fact the actor has raved about her music. She explained: "I thought, 'This is bizarre, this Hollywood actor telling me I rock and I'm amazing!' But that night there were so many people there just so hungry for fame. All these people were round him like flies on, you know...So that song's actually about him. You're in this room and everyone's looking at you. For me, I've still got that ordinary life."


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