Below you will find the lyrics of a song, by Lily Allen from her album ‘It’s not you it’s me’ that is currently at number 12 on the UK single charts and was at number 1 for quite awhile.lily-allen-its-not-you-its-me-cd-cover-album-art

I want to 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 are trying to find them

I’ll take my clothes off and it will be shameless
‘Cuz 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
I don’t know how I’m meant to feel anymore
When do you think it will all become clear?
‘Cuz I’m being taken over by The Fear

Life’s about film stars and less about mothers
It’s all about fast cars concussing 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 its 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
I don’t know how I’m meant to feel anymore
When do you think it will all become clear?
‘Cuz 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
Now everything’s cool as long as I’m getting thinner

[Chorus]
I don’t know what’s right and what’s real anymore
I don’t know how I’m meant to feel anymore
When do you think it will all become clear?
‘Cause I’m being taken over by fear

Click here to hear the song and see the video.

I hear this song (not by choice) and read the lyrics and can’t figure out if Lily Allen is being honest and forthright about how she views the world and her right to a certain ‘lifestyle’, or if she is making a very clever statement about the world she sees.

I can very easily see that she is using very clever wit and song writing to level a very serious indictment against our culture. Who would say they want ‘f*%kloads of diamonds’ ones that people die to harvest, would say they will shamelessly get naked because that is how you get famous, and that everything is cool as ‘long as i’m getting thinner’? She is very correct in her assessment that we are each programmed to be ‘weapons of mass consumption’ (my favorite line in the song). The chorus mostly convinces that she is being clever with this song. Even people committed to Kingdom living and being ‘strangers in the world’ (I Peter 1) sometimes have difficulty deciphering what is right and what is real in this world.

Sadly though, I hear this song and the way she sings it, and I’m not sure it’s all clever and might be just her gluttonous honesty…after all she is a pop-star who now thanks to a top 10 single has loads of money, clothes, cars, has been photographed topless and had the photos published (no I haven’t seen them, but I’m sure we’re all two clicks away from finding them on the web), she admits she isn’t a saint, but also says she isn’t a sinner (no amount of ‘cleverness’ helps me understand this one). Couldn’t this song be less Lily being clever and really just be the confessional of just another young, rich, popstar who shamelessly wants all this (most of us do, just have trouble admitting it publicly) but still has the insight that all this isn’t enough to make her really happy, but has never been shown another way to find happiness?

This song is emblematic of the way that even Christians are living with a foot in both worlds. We want it all, while knowing ‘all of it’ isn’t the cure. And too often the church isn’t doing enough significant de-programming of people who are convinced their primary purpose is to consume. Because consuming is good for the church also, for the church coffee bar, the pastor’s new book, the new church polo shirt, golf tournament, newest Jesus fad bracelet from the Christian bookstore, newest Christian cds from itunes, or the new 7 steps book from Joel Osteen (he has two sets of 7 steps to improve your life, both lists I’m sure include massive teeth whitening and lots of hair gel).

How are we supposed to counter the inherent message that undiscerning adolescents will take from Lily Allen’s song (whether they think she’s being cleverly critical or honest) when in most ways aren’t actually offering anything different than the world?

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Some concept cars are cool…others just look ridiculous.

Let me count the ways:

1) The rims look mental…and not in a good way.

2)The ‘tribal’ graphics are so ‘frat boy gets an armband tattoo lame.

3) The thing looks like a kidnapper van…more windows please.

4) Ohhhhhhh…a compartment for all my scuba gear…huh?

5) Yellow tinted windows?  Ahhhh, so I don’t have to wear sun glasses in the car.  Plus, it’s more fun when everyone outside your vehicle looks jaundiced.

6) I think it’s trying to be a pimped out post-modern VW bus for teched out hippies…have they learned nothing from ‘New Coke’ or even ‘Coke Classic’?  You can’t re-invent the original and the best.

Please Jesus, let this car remain a concept that people recognize as being more Frankenstein than….something worth buying.