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Analyze the song "The Fear" by Lily Allen.

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"The Fear" by Lily Allen is about a girl who will do anything for fame and fortune. It also looks at her feelings and experiences once she is rich and famous.

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Coming from a famous person, this song is delightfully ironic. In a nutshell, it is about the perils of becoming famous, and "the fear" referred to in the song's title is arguably the fear of losing touch with what really matters. In an interview that Lily Allen gave with 102.7 KISS FM, she explained that this song is about disenchantment with celebrity culture, money, and consumerism.

The first two verses are talking about a girl who wants to be famous and will do just about anything, including getting naked, to make that happen. She makes it very clear that she's not interested in using her brains to get ahead in life. She just wants to be wealthy—and ridiculously so.

In the verses that follow, she has acquired the fame that she so badly craved. It becomes blatantly obvious that she will stop at nothing to get to the top. She wants to be richer, thinner, more beautiful, and more desired than anyone else, which is why life is "less about mothers" and about "packing plastic" and "killing them all on [my] own little mission."

There is, however, a verse that repeats itself three times in this great song, which brings across an altogether different message about how the singer is feeling. This verse refers to concerns about no longer knowing what's real or how she's supposed to feel and ends with the notion of being taken over by "the fear," which, as previously mentioned, could be interpreted as the fear of losing touch with reality.

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