"Lille" as written by and Lisa Margaret Hannigan....
He went to see for a day
He wanted to know what to say
When he asked what he'd done
In the past to someone
That he loved endlessly
Now she's gone, and so is he

I went to war every morning
I lost my way, but now I'm following
What you said in my arms
What I read in the charms
That I loved durably
Now it's dead and gone, and I am free

I went to sleep for the daytime
I shut my eyes to the sunshine
Turned my head away from the noise
Bruise and drip decay of childish toys
That I love arguably
All our laboring gone to seed

We went out to play for the evening
And wanted to hold on to the feeling
And the stretch in the sun
And the breathlessness as we run
To the beach endlessly
As the sun creeps up on the sea


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"Lille" as written by Lisa Margaret Hannigan

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    General CommentIt's a bittersweet as if the loss was somehow fleeting yet freeing her soul. The man lost for she is gone and now so is his very core. For her, she is free finally, as if from this very earth to journey past the confines of the physical and finally feel bliss. the mellow mood is somehow soothing yet a melancholoy of sadness while holding a glimmering shade of happiness in its hopeful upbeat voice and therefore sight of light. the music video often dictates what the writer is feeling and it is of re-birth and rejoice for anew; perhaps it is a sign of both death that brings another new birth of love.
    neoisgod9on October 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIn a recent interview with NPRs All Things Considered:

    ---...on "Lille," the album's lead single and last tune, Hannigan finishes with an a cappella moment. She says she wanted to end the record with that particular song, but that decision didn't necessarily have anything to do with the way she sang it.

    "It always makes me smile when I'm singing it," she says. "Even if I'm not necessarily [smiling] at the beginning, I am at the end. And it was the first song I wrote when I left the band."

    Hannigan was abruptly fired from Rice's band about 10 minutes before a show. But she says it was a long time coming.

    "We'd worked together for seven years," she says. "So it was a long enough time to be working with anyone. And I think it had just come to the end of its natural life, really."

    Despite the circumstances of its creation, Hannigan says that "Lille" is a hopeful song.

    "It could have been quite dark. But I think it's definitely shining a positive light on stuff, as opposed to a negative. I suppose you can't really shine a negative light on things, can you?"---

    Just some insight into it's creation.

    zoozie80on April 10, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think she's talking about a relationship,
    and that she found something that broke them, like he was cheating.
    She wanted to get away and so she slept to get away from the pain and she is glad to get away from the war that she went to every morning.
    sunshine_lafoyon September 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think she's talking about a relationship,
    and that she found something that broke them, like he was cheating.
    She wanted to get away and so she slept to get away from the pain and she is glad to get away from the war that she went to every morning.
    sunshine_lafoyon September 23, 2008   Link
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    General Commentam i the only one that thinks that the piano sounds a little bit liek the song "hallelujah" i keep thinking about that when i hear this song
    katievanishon December 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentHe went to sea for a day,
    he wanted to know what to say
    when he's asked what he'd done in the past
    to someone that he loves endlessly,
    now she's gone, so is he.

    I went to war every morning,
    I lost my way but now I'm following what you said in my arms,
    what i read in the charms, that i love durably now
    it's dead and gone and i am free.

    I went to sleep for the daytime,
    I shut my eyes to the sunshine,
    turned my head away from the noise,
    bruise and drip decay of childish toys that i loved arguably,
    all our labouring gone to seed.

    We went out to play for the evening,
    wanted to hold on to the feeling and the stretch in the sun,
    and our breathlessness as we run to the beach endlessly,
    as the sun creeps up on the sea.


    according to Lisa's website
    eXdeaThon December 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song seems like a nursery rhyme or a lullabye, I love it. I like to listen to this early in the morning in the car or on windy nights with the sound on my iPod low enough that I can hear the wind chimes in the background. This is one of her best vocal deliveries, even though I think "An Ocean and a Rock" and "Venn Diagram" are far bettery lyric-wise. This would be interesting to hear if I didn't know english, or if she sang it the same way in a different language, too. The words are great, but I think the music is good enough that you wouldn't need to really dwell on what the lyrics were in this song too much. It's incredible musically.
    TheThornBirdson February 04, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI have such a feeling that this song was about Damien. The first verse fits in so perfectly with what happened between them. How he let her go with no notice, no explanation.

    This song is just so beautiful. Well written.
    Shaftellon February 17, 2009   Link
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    General Commentwow... i just saw her perform this on carson daly, and this sentiment describes quite accurately the way it made me feel. throughout, it seemed like lisa was always just about to break into smile... and by the end, she was. it could be so sad i think, but for some reason, when i listen, i also just keep finding myself smiling. it has an inexplicably hopeful essence to it.
    TheWrongGirlon November 21, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI heard this song live as she warmed up to it in Charlottesville, VA and then as her opening to her concert there. Of all of her songs ever officially recorded and then demoed I think this is by far her best song to date in all retrospects. This song takes me aside and from life like a gentle grace than a pluck from life to an empty serenity with her and the music that makes life seem fragile and make sense. That's the best way I can describe this song especially after my own personal predicaments after first hearing it. The song pulled me through tough times. It is hopeful as well as sorrowful but it is the blend of it melancholy as well as how it is performed that tames its audience into submission to its ultimate purpose. In the end, it is a song that finds you and not one that you seek out to find. Anyone who has heard this song had not likely sought it out since it is not widely known. This is a song that comes through layers, sadly through the rice slice which she was greatly undeserving to be cut from with her talent, to an ear that appreciates her vast talent. To me, rice is great, but I stuck with Lisa. Silent night solo alone was more than moving to push me into your realm.
    neoisgod9on December 13, 2009   Link

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