"Lillian, Egypt" as written by and Josh / Ritter....
I remember back in Illinois I found her
The lily of the valley the lily of the
West was a rose The daughter of the biggest big town banker
He kept her like a princess I stole her like the Fort Knox gold

She used to pour Four Roses like it was going down the chimney
Like the bottle was on fire or the boiler was about to blow
She was up on the table when we hit Missouri
Dancing with a movie man he was holding her a little too close

La didi da da da da da da da!

He made her the star of the silent movies
But all she did was mouth the words all she did was mouth the words, "Oh no!"
And he cast me as the villain as the sheriff's worst enemy
I practiced falling off of buildings and out windows

La didi da da da da da da da!

The last time I saw she was tied to the train tracks
I was back there with the extras riding on a tiger roan
The villain on the left with the studio mustache
Winking at Lillian blowing kisses from the second row

La didi da da da da da da da!


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"Lillian Egypt" as written by Josh Ritter

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    General CommentLillian Gish was one of the most famous silent movie actresses of all time. For instance, she was in Birth of a Nation and was rumored to be having an affair with the legendary D.W. Griffith. The details of the song don't match her life-- she was born in Ohio, not Illinois, and her father abandoned the family. So it's more likely that Josh uses her as a silent movie actress as a symbol for a woman who pretends to love him but is really just "mouthing the words." I love this song, especially the piano solo in the middle.
    infinitepet85on August 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAnother thought... Lily of the West- an old folk song where a man travels to Louisville and falls in love with Flora- the "Lily of the West"... and even after she is unfaithful, he is still in love with her...
    listen38on June 01, 2008   Link

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