Billy Liar (song)

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"Billy Liar"
Single by The Decemberists
from the album Her Majesty the Decemberists
Released September 14, 2004
Format CD
Genre Indie rock, indie pop, baroque pop
Length 14:51
Label Kill Rock Stars
Writer(s) Colin Meloy
The Decemberists singles chronology
"Billy Liar"
(2004)
"Sixteen Military Wives"
(2005)

"Billy Liar" is the first single released by The Decemberists. Deriving its title from the English novel Billy Liar, the song also references "Nogood Boyo" of Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood, and appears to generally talk about a young man's boredom during long summer days. Musically, it has an upbeat, somewhat piano-driven, rather poppy sound.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Billy Liar" – 4:08
  2. "Los Angeles, I'm Yours" – 4:17
  3. "Everything I Try to Do, Nothing Seems to Turn Out Right" – 4:03
  4. "Sunshine" – 2:23