Lime Street is a minor road in the City of London between Fenchurch Street and Leadenhall Street. Its name comes from the lime burners who once sold this material there for use in the construction industry. It is perhaps best known as the home of Lloyd's of London insurance exchange, with its iconic Richard Roger’s designed building at 1 Lime Street (opened 1986). Opposite Lloyd’s is the 26-storey Willis Building designed by Norman Foster (opened 2008), whose a ‘stepped’ design is intended to resemble the shell of a crustacean. The newest skyscraper can be found at 52–54 Lime Street, on the corner of Leadenhall Street. Nicknamed the ‘Scalpel’, the 38-storey building designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox (due for completion in 2018), will house the European headquarters of global insurer W. R. Berkley.
“Inside Out” immediately imposed itself as the obvious title for a song about the Lloyd’s building, nicknamed the “inside out building” for the structural elements that make up its striking and distinctive exterior. The chorus music flowed naturally: proud, uplifting, and satisfying, like the building itself.
The verse is more reflective, with a hint of melancholy, which prompted love-song lyrics. It’s packed with references to the building and works as a love letter to the building, or to its creator. Without context, it equally works as a stand-alone pop song, a yearning call to an old flame and to a time and place.
Sonically, the track might not have sounded out of place on someone’s Walkman circa 1986.