"Lily (My One and Only)" as written by and Billy Corgan....
Lily, my one and only
I can hardly wait till I see her
Silly, I know I'm silly
'Cause I'm hanging in this tree
In the hopes that she will catch a glimpse of me
And through her window shade
I watch her shadow move
I wonder if she...?
Lily, my one and only
Love is in my heart and in your eyes
Will she or won't she want him
No one knows for sure
But an officer is knocking at my door
And through her window shade
I watch her shadow move
I wonder if she could only see me?
And when I'm with her I feel fine
If I could kiss her I wouldn't mind the time it took to find
My lily, my one and only
I can hardly wait till I see her
Oh lily, I know you love me
'Cause as they're draggin' me away
I swear I saw her raise her hand and wave (goodbye)

Lyrics submitted by spitfirek7, edited by BIRDDUDE830

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  • +3
    General Commentthis song is actually pretty funny. it's about a peeping tom who gets caught by the girl he's spying on and him being arrested at the end of the song: "and as they're draggin me away" get it??
    slaphappyon June 06, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIt's totally about stalking. Although maybe it's about some dude with a restraining order because the "When I'm with her I feel fine" bit which kind of implies he's been with her before.
    Anyway I like the cat theory. I like cats.
    8dmsguitaron November 27, 2004   Link
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    General CommentHaha I know this point has been made before, but I love how the music sounds innocent and gentle, when in reality it's about a creeper. I guess the song is that way because it's being told from the creeper's point of view, so it probably reflects his tender emotions.
    boribori90on April 29, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentit's a great song. I never say it that way, starlight and slaphappy, I always thought it was a little more sinister... but the 'peeping tom' theory makes more sense eh. I love the name Lily. I want to call my daughter Lily... Great song. Great band. Great album... Pumkins kickass fullstop!
    jellybelly666on October 14, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti dont think its entirely about a stalker but i think its about a boy whos completly in love with a girl beyond him and just try his best to get her notice him >>"cause i'm hanging in this tree
    in the hopes that she will catch a glimpse of me" peeping toms or stalkers prefer to be anonymous but the person describe isn't afraid of his love to be known so his intentions must pure not malicious. it kinda like a black humour
    pyaeon August 14, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think its about a peeping tom, and i know that billy has a pet named lilly, but i dont know if its a cat or a dog or what it is. But were would that fit into it
    keiofficeon January 16, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI can't help but think of the Snape and Lily relationship flashback in Harry Potter...the first time they meet as children Snape is hiding out and watching Lily and Petunia
    Rainphaseon November 11, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdidja know that if you subsitute "molly" for everytime he says "lily" it fits perfectly!? Has anyone else noticed that the smashing pumpkins say "one and only" in alot of thier songs? In "lily(my on and only", "By starlight", "Zero".........
    *molly*on July 11, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyou're right, slaphappy! this is a really funny, yet masterful, song. its about a guy who is so crazy about this girl he doesn't know, he climbs trees and looks through her window. i love listening to it on long car rides.. imagining a music video for it and such. good fun, good times.

    FAVORITE PART: "cuz as they're dragging me away, i swear i saw her raise her hand and wave goodbye"
    starlightfadingon August 18, 2002   Link
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    General Commentwhen I heard this song, I always got the picture that he was actually crazy (not just for the girl) and in a psycho ward, and he was in his cell/room looking out the window, then the doctors came in and dragged him away :)
    The light sound always made me put the color white with this song, so again leading me to believe he was crazy
    Redlighton April 20, 2003   Link

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