LDN (3:10)

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“LDN” (Internet slang for “London”) is a single by Lily Allen which was released in the UK on 25 September 2006. It was co-written by Future Cut, and features a sample of “Reggae Merengue”, written by Tommy McCook. The song was originally released on strictly limited edition 7” vinyl (500 copies) in the UK on 24 April 2006, accompanied by album track, “Knock ‘em Out”, and was re-released in September following the huge success of Allen’s second single “Smile”. The re-release peaked at number six on the UK singles chart. The song is used in the soundtrack of the film The Nanny Diaries, and in the trailer for Happy-Go-Lucky. This song was #30 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007. In 2008 the song was included in the soundtrack of the Mike Leigh film Happy-Go-Lucky. Allen claims that the inspiration for the song was William Wordsworth’s poem “Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802”.

“LDN” is Mobile Phone text language for London. The lyrics are of Lily describing a bicycle ride through her hometown of London. Set to a cheerful tune, the lyrics first appear to describe a lovely scene “A fella looking dapper, and he’s sittin’ with a slapper”, but follow up revealing a less glamorous reality, “Then I see it’s a pimp and his crack whore.”

Several episodes from “city life” are described, suggesting that things may not be what they seem: “When you look with your eyes everything seems nice, But if you look twice you can see it’s all lies.


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Riding through the city on my bike all day
Cause the filth took away my license
It doesn't get me down and I feel okay
Cause the sights that I'm seeing are priceless

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  • CitizenOfPanem

    New York got Empire State Of Mind, London got LDN lol. <3

    8 Apr 5:30pm Reply
  • sternenfee0


    7 Apr 10:02am Reply
  • shaggygirl

    I like it.

    4 Mar 11:55pm Reply
  • magicsoulsister

    macht gute Laune!

    4 Mar 4:27pm Reply
  • EmilyLavigne

    This used to be my tune!

    26 Jan 7:55pm Reply
  • Carrie5

    haven't listened to this song for years, brings back memories!

    7 Dec 2013 Reply
  • philliebird

    london is the hometown of my heart.

    16 Sep 2013 Reply
  • sokkakun

    Hi, I'm just wondering have you got any kind of like sort of punky electronica kind of grime kind of like new wave grime, but kind of maybe like more broken beats, like kind of like dubby broken beats but a little bit kind of soulful, like kind of drum and bassy but kind of more broken drum and bass, like broken beats with like breakbeat kind of broken drum and bass, kind of... d'ya know what I mean? No?

    31 Aug 2013 Reply
  • MyHeartIsArtPop

    Best mood for work right now :D

    27 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Metal-Kathy86


    21 Aug 2013 Reply
  • monstergalaxy

    amo o começo dessa música, me lembra circo, sei lá porquê

    3 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Justizio

    Oh why oh why. Goin to London this year. Why would I wanna be anywhere else, huh?!

    20 May 2013 Reply
  • carol_melo

    why would I wanna be anywhere else? <3

    11 May 2013 Reply
  • KillerAndyc


    4 May 2013 Reply
  • VOLT4


    30 Apr 2013 Reply
  • m0l0ch13

    thas one fit bird

    16 Nov 2012 Reply
  • KommisarK

    The most accurate depiction of London.

    16 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Lanrot

    Totally forgot about this song. Forgot how much I love it <3

    28 Oct 2012 Reply
  • onlyabloke

    Not my normal taste in music but I like the originality of her voice.

    19 Oct 2012 Reply
  • u_go_na

    ♥ ♫ ♥ ♫ ♥ ♫ ♥ ♫ ♥ ♫ ♥ ♫ ♥ ♫ ♥ ♫ ♥ ♫ ♥ ♫ ♥ ♫ ♥ ♫ ♥ ♫ ♥ ♫ ♥ ♫ ♥You can't help but to groove to this one while your driving!♥ ♫ ♥ ♫ ♥ ♫ ♥ ♫ ♥ ♫ ♥ ♫ ♥ ♫ ♥ ♫ ♥ ♫ ♥ ♫ ♥ ♫ ♥ ♫ ♥ ♫ ♥ ♫ ♥ ♫ ♥

    11 Oct 2012 Reply
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