Some of you know that I am originally from London, born and raised, so I was excited that Jim Adams prompted us with songs about the cities or towns where we are from for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday. I am happy to share this fun song and video by Fergie (Black Eyed Peas) called London Bridge.
Enjoy it and have a great Sunday!
London Bridge crosses the Thames River in London. It’s existed in some form for approximately 2,000 years, and has been destroyed several times due to fire or other natural causes. The bridge inspired the nursery rhyme “London Bridge Is Falling Down,” which Fergie refers to in this song. There are many possible interpretations for just what Fergie’s “London Bridge” refers to, but she seems to be “falling” for a guy every time he comes by. The collapsing bridge is a metaphor for her inability to resist his charms.
Sean Garrett helped write this. He is a go-to guy in the world of Hip-Hop lyrics, known for his ability to craft a story. Other songs he’s worked on include “Yeah!” by Usher, “Run It” by Chris Brown and “Soldier” by Destiny’s Child.
This is Fergie’s first single as a solo artist. She got her start on the TV show Kids Incorporated and later joined the Black-Eyed Peas, helping them go from an underground rap group to one of the biggest hip-hop/R&B acts of the ’00s.
Some of the lyrics deal with how Fergie is hounded by Paparazzi. Like Gwen Stefani in No Doubt, Fergie receives much more media attention than any other member of Black-Eyed Peas.
This doesn’t use the melody from “London Bridge Is Falling Down,” but another track on the album does: “Pedestal.”
Courtesy of Song Facts