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“I was curled around the churchbell the way I do at dusk. I saw the procession making its way, silhouetted by the sun. I heard the Lackawanna train.”

Lila Anne is just about the anxiety of dying before your spouse and children are sufficiently taken care of. Most of the imagery is from a half-remembered poem about somebody traveling on a train with their deceased parent as cargo.


The rail is rumbling low, you’ll see it coming soon
Smile for me... when the black steel shines
Carry me to my car, have someone sound the bell
Lila Anne... it’s time that I should go

Lila Anne...don’t cry it's time
Someone should help you now I’m gone
Knowing I leave you all, if only it was more
Lila Anne... it’s time that I should go

Remember me to anyone still there
Though I fade with each new year

It’s gloryland for me, it’s waiting by the Lord
And I’m free when my burden is let down
In peace, please go, grieve for me no more
Lila Anne... it’s time that I should go


from Island of the Dolls, released November 22, 2014
Lyrics N w/ S, Music S & N w/ K P
S - Main vocals, resonator, organ & accordion
N - Bass, organ & backup vocals
P - Drums & backup vocals
K - Violin


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