Everyone's at It

Album: It's Not Me, It's You (2009)


  • In this song about taking drugs, both recreational and prescriptive, Allen suggests that everyone's indulging in killer drugs – from "older politicians" to "young adolescents." She explained to Word magazine February 2008 that she referenced politicians and adolescents "to make the line scan" before adding: "The point is there's a lot of hypocrisy attached to drug culture – especially from the journalists who write about it as they're all drug addicts and alcoholics. The only story is that drugs are bad and they will kill you. You will become a prostitute or a rapist or a dealer. But that's not true. I know lots of people that take cocaine three nights a week and get up and go to work every day, no problem at all. But we never hear that side of the story. I have no statement to make, I just wish people wouldn't sensationalize this thing that just exists. Some people are bad at taking drugs. But some people are bad at driving and kill themselves and others that way. I don't take drugs. I used to. But I get very anxious around people who are on drugs, because it reminds me of being a kid. I can spot the signs of people being a bit gakked up very quickly. It terrifies me. That's why I took cocaine when I didn't even like it. I felt like a lonely child when everyone else was doing it and I wasn't."
    Allen's comments were condemned by many for suggesting that the risks of cocaine are overstated. David Raynes, head of the National Drugs Prevention Alliance, responded: "When someone like Lily Allen makes these remarks she is only harming young people who will at some point in their lives have to make a decision about taking drugs. We already have a major drug culture in the UK and she is affecting that."
  • This song contains the lyric, "I'm not trying to say that I'm smelling of roses/ But when will we tire of putting s--t up our noses?" Some critics have queried how Allen can write a song about drugs when she's been so open about her own use of them in her younger days. She explained to the Observer Music Magazine December 2008: "With that song, I'm not trying to change anything. Drugs are illegal and bad and they ruin people's lives but they're pretty prominent. I have no intention of taking drugs again at the moment. But I can't say "Never again", because I don't know where I'll be in 10 years' time."
  • This synth-pop song, which was one of the first that she wrote for the album, features Allen playing the xylophone.

Comments: 3

  • James from Princeton, NjInteresting. This song would be perfect for the show "House, M.D.".
  • Nicole from Brisbane, Australia"Lily Allen has a really whingy voice and seriously" - My friend...
    She is cool and i find it funny that only one person has reviewed this... :P
    I think this song is cool, my friend doesnt...
  • Theresa from Murfreesboro, TnI love everything about this song, who knew Lily Allen was so cool?
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