Naughty Boy – La La La ft. Sam Smith

La La La” is a single by British record producer Naughty Boy, featuring vocals from Sam Smith. It was released on 18 May 2013 from Naughty Boy’s debut album “Hotel Cabana“.

According to Naughty Boy, “La La La” was conceived from experiences similar to the song “Don’t Speak” by No Doubt, which “came from something [he] felt”. He states that, “It was just before everything popped up and she was somebody I neglected while I was trying to find me. When I found me, she found it best to neglect me. It’s cool… Covering my ears like a kid and saying, ‘La. La. La.’ It’s the man-kid in me.”

Lyrics of “Naughty Boy – La La La“:

La la, la la la la la na na na na na,
La la na na, la la la la la na na na na na
La la, la la la la la na na na na na,
La la na na, la la la la la na na na na na

Hush, don’t speak
When you spit your venom, keep it shut I hate it
When you hiss and preach
About your new messiah ’cause your theories catch fire

I can’t find your silver lining
I don’t mean to judge
But when you read your speech, it’s tiring
Enough is enough

I’m covering my ears like a kid
When your words mean nothing, I go la la la
I’m turning up the volume when you speak
‘Cause if my heart can’t stop it,
I find a way to block it, I go
La la, la la la la la na na na na na
La la na na, la la la la la na na na na na,
I find a way to block it, I go
La la na na, la la la la la na na na na na
La la na na, la la la la la na na na na na

If our love is running out of time
I won’t count the hours, rather be a coward
When our worlds collide
I’m gonna drown you out before I lose my mind

I can’t find your silver lining
I don’t mean to judge
But when you read your speech, it’s tiring
Enough is enough

I’m covering my ears like a kid
When your words mean nothing, I go la la la
I’m turning up the volume when you speak
‘Cause if my heart can’t stop it,
I find a way to block it, I go
La la, la la la la la na na na na na
La la na na, la la la la la na na na na na,
I find a way to block it, I go
La la, la la la la la na na na na na
La la na na, la la la la la na na na na na,
I find a way to block it, oh
La la, la la la la la na na na na na
La la na na, la la la la la na na na na na,
I find a way to block it, I go
La la na na, la la la la la na na na na na,
La la na na, la la la la la na na na na na,

I’m covering my ears like a kid
When your words mean nothing, I go la la la
I’m turning up the volume when you speak
‘Cause if my heart can’t stop it,
I find a way to block it, I go

I’m covering my ears like a kid
When your words mean nothing, I go la la la
I’m turning up the volume when you speak
‘Cause if my heart can’t stop it,
I find a way to block it, I go
La la, la la la la la na na na na na
La la na na, la la la la la na na na na na
La la na na, la la la la la na na na na na
La la na na, la la la la la na na na na na

“La La La” was written by Khan, Jonny Coffer, Al-Hakam El Kaubaisy, Frobisher Mbabazi, James Murray, Jimmy Napes, Mustafa Omer, and Sam Smith. Although Naughty Boy originally intended to write the song with Emeli Sandé, she was on tour at the time, and he wrote it with Sam Smith instead. Naughty Boy said “It just had to be Sam because where it went from there is perfect.” Naughty Boy and Komi produced the track, with co-production handled by Mojam. The song was produced using Logic Pro, FL Studio 11 and Reason. It was recorded and mixed at Cabana Studios (Ealing Studios) in Ealing, West London, and mastered by Stuart Hawkes at Metropolis Mastering Studios in London, UK. The song was finished in three hours, and was the last done for Hotel Cabana.

A music video to accompany the release of “La La La” was first released on YouTube on 18 April 2013 at a total length of four minutes and three seconds. The video is directed by Ian Pons Jewell (who studied at the University College for the Creative Arts, now the University for the Creative Arts) and shot in four days in La Paz, Salar de Uyuni and Potosí (Cerro Rico), Bolivia. Ian Pons Jewell was commissioned by Virgin EMI to create the concept for the video, which focuses on a child’s magical journey. Jewell said that others compared the video to the Wizard of Oz and a local legend of the demon El Tío and that both legends influenced the concept of the video.

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