"Chinese" as written by Gregory Allen Kurstin and Lily Allen....
I see you from the sky
And I wonder how long it will take me to get home
I wait for an hour or so at the carousel
I have a cigarette to pass the time
Cause the traffic's hell

I don't want anything more
Than to see your face when you open the door
You'll make me beans on toast and a nice cup of tea
And we'll get a Chinese and watch TV
Tomorrow we'll take the dog for a walk
And in the afternoon then maybe we'll talk
I'll be exhausted so I'll probably sleep
And we'll get a Chinese and watch TV

You wipe the tears from my eye
And you say that all that it takes is a phone call
I cry at the thought of being alone and then
I wonder how long it will take til I'm home again

I don't want anything more
Than to see your face when you open the door
You'll make me beans on toast and a nice cup of tea
And we'll get a Chinese and watch TV
Tomorrow we'll take the dog for a walk
And in the afternoon then maybe we'll talk
I'll be exhausted so I'll probably sleep
And we'll get a Chinese and watch TV

I know it doesn't seem so fair
But I'll send you a postcard when I get there

I don't want anything more
Than to see your face when you open the door
You'll make me beans on toast and a nice cup of tea
And we'll get a Chinese and watch TV
Tomorrow we'll take the dog for a walk
And in the afternoon then maybe we'll talk
I'll be exhausted so I'll probably sleep
And we'll get a Chinese and watch TV


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"Chinese" as written by Gregory Kurstin Lily Allen

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  • +6
    General CommentThis song gives me such a warm and nostalgic feeling, not really sure why. It perfectly captures the feeling of being in a relationship where every moment spent together is special, even if it's just getting some Chinese and watching TV. Lily has such an expressive way with her lyrics, as she is able to paint such vivid pictures with her words.
    abey85on February 08, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThe song does say 'a chinese'. It's common in the UK to say 'a chinese', meaning chinese food. We'd say let's get a pizza, or a curry or a chinese. It's just what we say when we get take out food.

    I love this song. Personally, I think it's about an idea relationship she has in her head. Possibly a real one. It's really warm and homely feeling, aspiring to normal things that people want in a relationship. Comfort and companionship. I love how British the song is too, the referances are just very typical, such as taking the dog for a walk, having beans on toast and a nice cup of tea, right down to getting a chinese on a night and watching some tv while curled up with your partner.
    PureAsMySinsAllowon February 13, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song reminds of when it's just me and my mom and we're sitting around eating chinese food, while watching a tv show we both enjoy:) It also reminds me that even though we have our ups and downs she'll still love me.

    Also, not ALL Americans are ignorant. Though, I've never heard people say we'll get "a chinese" but when I saw it here in the lyrics/heard it in the song I instantly knew she meant we'll order/eat chinese food. I'm not trying to be all offensive and stuff, but It can be kind of hurtful when you say Americans are so ignorant of blah and blah because you're making it sound like EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. of us who live here are which is not true. You just unfortunately meet the Americans who are:) (No offense)
    SerenitysHeavenon May 30, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwhat does she mean by "a Chinese"? is that just the british way of saying chinese food? i'm noit being sarsactic and it may seem like a stupid question, but i really don't know. just message me if anyone has the answer. :D
    fireishot-ouchon January 18, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentshe doesnt say "a" chinese it just sounds like she does because of the way she sings. i have the album and it has all the lyrics in the insert, and it says she's just saying "and we'll get chinese" as in chinese food
    parawhore!on February 12, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI immediately thought about my mom when I heard this song. I've lived away from home before, but I recently moved overseas and I really miss her. It will be so nice when I fly home and get to hang out with her again.

    That's my personal take, but the lyrics can definitely apply to romantic relationships, too.
    Really it's just about loving someone and needing them around, and missing the comfort they give you.

    :]
    rawrasauron March 02, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe correct lyric IS "a chinese", it's quite common for typo's to be made even on the official album sleeves.

    the song is about her mother, she's talked about it in many interviews :)


    my favourite line is

    "I know it doesn't seem so fair, but I'll send you a postcard when I get there"


    I'm not quite sure if by "not fair" that she means it's unfair that she gets to travel the world and go to all these crazy places that her mother does not get to go to, or if she means that it's unfair for her mother when she (Lily) is away from her so much. I hated this song at first but it's finally grown on me and it's really cute!
    touchedarlingon March 04, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah she means we'll get a chinese as in we'll get some chinese food and watch tv
    deedee38on March 09, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's about her mother. Saw her in concert last night, and her mother was in the audience, and she said it was dedicated to her. Plus, it just makes a lot more sense for it to be about someone she's not in a relationship with.
    TruthforOnce13on April 03, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationVery quirky! To me its the opposite of what she's saying...Drags herself round working and all thats on offer at the end is some dumb-ass making beans on toast, a nice cup of tea, ordering Chinese in for dinner and watching TV. Tomorrow, same routine except i'm not coming home so its dog for a walk & a chat in the afternoon but this relationship is sooo boring i'm off to bed - be a nice love & make the beans on toast / tea / book dinner & switch tele on...Next weekend (2nd verse)...same routine...thats all that happens in this relationship...poor love... When I get home - back to being me - (cause i'm not being me with this boring routine) - I'll send you a postcard...not fair on you but neither is what you contribute....If you think I'm content with that as a life routine - see you...Jimmy...
    JeffMon April 20, 2009   Link

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