"Sweet Dreams My LA Ex
" is a song by English singer-songwriter Rachel Stevens
from her debut solo album Funky Dory
. It was released as the album's lead single on September 15, 2003. Originally written for Britney Spears
, the song was produced by Swedish Bloodshy & Avant
, and received a mixed reception from contemporary critics. The single is Stevens' most successful single to date, peaking at number two on the UK Singles Chart
. It was the twenty-second best selling single of 2003 in the United Kingdom
, selling 210,000 copies.
The name uses a pun
, the IATA airport code
for Los Angeles International Airport
Composition and inspiration
The lyrics of the song, written by Cathy Dennis, were inspired by Justin Timberlake
's "Cry Me a River
", which is believed to be aimed at Britney Spears
, his ex-girlfriend. The lyrics are a message to the famous ex-partner who has talked about the relationship and break-up in public, with the person in the song now taking the time to deliver their side of the story.
- "Find somebody else to talk about
- If I were in your shoes
- I'd worry of the effects
- You've had your say but now its my turn"
The person in the song wishes their ex "sweet dreams", but accuses them of using the break-up to further themselves.Originally the song was written by Dennis for Britney Spears
, who turned it down due to its subject matter. A few months later Dennis still had not found someone to perform the song and offered it... Read More