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I was making my way through the wasteland
The road into town passes through
I was changing the radio stations
With my mind on you
Oh your friends call you "Lily Paloma"
But that's not the way that you are
It's too much of a gentle misnomer
For a shooting star

But you and me baby
I saw you there
Straight away I knew
There's really no hiding
I'll tell you right now
What we're gonna do
We'll go collecting the days
Putting the moments away
You're on my mind like a
Song on the Radio

I remember the first time I saw you
Alone in the dark with a drink
With a candle flame burning before you
And your thoughts closed in
You were staring out into the distance
Not seeming to hear what I said
Why did you put up such resistance
Like all the lights are red

'Cause you and me baby
I saw you there
Straight away I knew
There's really no hiding
I'll tell you right now
What we're gonna do
We'll go collecting the days
Putting the moments away
You're on my mind like a
Song on the Radio

I don't know what it was that was painful
But sometimes it's there in your face
There are times when you just look disdainful
Of the human race
Ah, but then on the wings of emotion
We circle each other in flight
Till together we roll like the ocean
In it's bed at night

'Cause you and me baby
I saw you there
Straight away I knew
There's really no hiding
I'll tell you right now
What we're gonna do
We'll go collecting the days
Putting the moments away
You're on my mind like a
Song on the Radio
You're on my mind like a
Song on the Radio



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    ThinkingManSep 5, 2008 at 6:54 am
    Al Stewart was driving through a rundown section of town changing the station on his radio and thinking about a girl that he has known for a while. Since Lilies of the Valley are usually white and "poloma" in Spanish means pigeon, and since a pigeon is a bird (and bird is slang for a "young woman") my guess is that "Lily Paloma" is a caucasion girl. Since a pigeon is not a bird of prey, the gal was not a "user of men" just someone who probably had just gotten out of a bad relationship. She was most likely at a club with music and a drink in front of her with a candle on the table to tell the wait staff that the table was occupied. She was alone and in a darker part of the bar, probably trying to forget the last relationship and did not want to be bothered with a new man (relationship) just yet. That is why Al Stewart got the impression that "all the lights were red". She probably missed the first few of Al's "come on" lines he uttered. Al Stewart is thinking "me and her" together. She just got out of a bad relationship from the look on her face, the fact that she is alone, and she is sitting in a darker part of this club means she is open for a new man.
    She must be attractive because Al is already spinning fantasies about days together doing this and that and she is already stuck in his head like an overplayed song on the radio. She finally looks up at him and hears one of his "come on" lines and give him a dirty look or a look that is "disdainful of the human race". Since Al is a man, he is part of the human race. Evidently the drink in front of her "kicks in" and she figures she will toss him a few lines to "feel him out" to see if he is really interested in her.
    Together Al Stewart and Lily Paloma toss questions and answers back and forth ("on the wings of emotion, we circle each other in flight")and end up leaving the club. They end up in a bedroom together and roll around with each other "like the ocean". Evidently she made an impression on Al since he now thinks of her a good bit, even when changing his radio station to music that reminds him of when he and "Lily Paloma" met. Since the last lines repeat his original fantasy, it looks like Al Stewart and "Lily Paloma" have started a relationship, are going places, and are taking pictures of each other together to be collected in a photo album ("we'll go collecting the days, putting the moments away"). That's my take on this song, what is yours?

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