Walking through the back streets of Vilnius, the capital city of Lithuania, on my last visit I heard the strains of “Here Comes the Rain Again“. It sounded like the Eurythmics but not quite them.
On my way back I heard it again and realised it was coming from an artist’s studio. I went in and met Cica, the artist, playing a vinyl record by Dave Stewart and Candy Dufler over and over again, particularly the haunting track “Lily was here”.
As we chatted about his art, his visits toLondon, his disillusionment with the way things were being run in Lithuania, and his aspirations for a better Lithuania for his children he just kept re-playing this track. It got into my head. I knew I knew the tune but where from?
He called me Big Mike, offered me a coffee and his philosophy on life and art. He thought Beatlemania had been a force for change; something a Ukrainian composer, Sparinsky, also told me in Kiev a few years ago. Strange what we take for granted but then we were never under soviet occupation.
I later discovered the tune was released in November 1989, from the the soundtrack of a Dutch film De Kassière.
David A. Stewart wrote the soundtrack and 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 No 1 position for five weeks in The Netherlands.
Because of its success, the single was then released in the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States where it also became a hit, reaching No. 6 in the UK and No. 11 in the U.S..
His vinyl record had three tracks; “Lily was here“, “Here Comes the Rain again” and one other I can’t remember – possibly “Lily robs the bank“.
But it was “Lily was here” which haunted me for the rest of my stay.