Lily Was Here

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"Lily Was Here"
Single by David A. Stewart featuring Candy Dulfer
from the album Lily Was Here, Saxuality
Released November 1989 (1989-11)
Format 7", 12", CD single
Genre Smooth Jazz
Length 4:19
Label Anxious
Producer(s) David A. Stewart

"Lily Was Here" is a single, released in November 1989, from the David A. Stewart soundtrack also called Lily Was Here for the Dutch movie De Kassière.


David A. Stewart invited Candy Dulfer, who had not previously released any of her material, to play the saxophone on this instrumental. The single became a major hit and stayed at the #1 position for five weeks in The Netherlands. Because of this success, the single was also released in the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States where it became a hit as well, reaching number six in the UK and even rising to number eleven in the tough U.S. market. The success of this instrumental encouraged Dulfer to compose music for her own album, which she titled Saxuality.


According to Candy's father Hans Dulfer on Dutch radio, the recording was done in just one take, actually a jam session, and at that time not meant to be released. This jam session was done at the end of a day of recording for the movie De Kassière, and Dave Stewart later decided to release this as a single.[1]

Track listings[edit]

CD maxi
  1. "Lily Was Here" — 4:19
  2. "Lily Was Here" (Space Centre Medical Unit Hum) — 8:10
  3. "Lily Robs the Bank" — 2:33
CD maxi
  1. "Lily Was Here" — 4:19
  2. "Lily Robs the Bank" — 2:33
  3. "Here Comes the Rain Again" — 6:00
7" single
  1. "Lily Was Here" — 4:19
  2. "Lily Robs the Bank" — 2:33
3" single
  1. "Lily Was Here" — 4:19
  2. "Lily Robs the Bank" — 2:33
12" maxi
  1. "Lily Was Here" (Space Centre Medical Unit Hum) — 8:10
  2. "Lily Was Here" (Orbital Space Lab Mix) — 6:57
  3. "Lily Robs the Bank" — 2:33



Country Certification Date Sales certified Physical sales
Australia[2] Gold 1990 35,000
France[3] Silver 1991 125,000 135,000[4]
Netherlands[5] Platinum 1989 60,000


Chart (1989–1990) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[6] 10
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[7] 18
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[8] 2
France (SNEP)[9] 13
Germany (Official German Charts)[10] 17
Ireland (IRMA)[11] 10
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[12] 1
Norway (VG-lista)[13] 2
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[14] 10
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[15] 10
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[16] 6
US Billboard Hot 100 11
Preceded by
"Girl I'm Gonna Miss You" by Milli Vanilli
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
November 25, 1989 - December 30, 1989 (6 weeks)
Succeeded by
"All Around the World" by Lisa Stansfield