From Cat Stevens to Tom Waits to the Beatles, the popular word song generally refers to a female person. So what happens when you add a really unique dialect?
A new artist who was born in England and raised in Germany is the newest wordsmith to get in on the fun. The xx singer-songwriter Oliver Sim recently dropped his latest single, “See You Around.” With its decidedly nonsensical lyrics, the song is reminiscent of the British Invasion and the pop songs of the same era.
Sim has used lyrics from another millennial name, Prince, in a series of recent videos on Instagram, where he began by calling himself Nelly Elledge. (Sim’s lyrics don’t change to reflect the name he goes by as an artist.)
On Instagram, Sim’s retro-styled photoshoots and music videos are more than just a clever name for his musical career. In fact, the name may literally be the best part of his person. As Sim explained to one woman, “I’m literally an alien born on an alien planet.”
Why does one word create such fierce competition?
Sim doesn’t address the female role in the song, though he sings about a flower who is “turning into something” and having a “change.” When asked by another woman why the woman should be his girlfriend, Sim wrote: “Look what they brought us girl…we got so much more ….I just think you’re the lotion in a cup.”
More clued-in, some internet users have even renamed their own artists, such as this man, who was known as Damselfly, to “Excuseme Nelly.”
Through all the humor and confusion, it’s clear Sim hasn’t changed much about his gender. Perhaps when you start talking about both music and human characteristics, your name can begin to grow bigger than the individual you are.