Genesis

Lilywhite Lilith

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"Lilywhite Lilith" was written and recorded for the 1974 concept album The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. Trapped in the chamber of 32 doors (see "The Chamber of 32 Doors"), Rael hears among the crowd noises a blind woman asking for help. If the boy was to guide her to the center of the room, she could feel where the breeze blows and find the only door that doesn't lead back into the room. So they do and she takes Rael through the corridor and into a dark cave where she asks him to sit on what appears to be a throne of stone and wait, "They're coming for you/Now don't be afraid." Left alone, Rael must face his fears as a light grows more and more blinding in the tunnel. A rather straightforward rock number, like "Back in N.Y.C." and "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway," "Lilywhite Lilith" doesn't have their melodic appeal. The narrative gets very linear here, directly describing the action instead of evoking it or relating to it. As a result, the lyrics are cluttered with too many words. A very ordinary song, it was performed only during the Lamb tour in 1974-1975 and was quickly forgotten afterward.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway 1974 Atlantic / Rhino 2:48
Archive, Vol. 1: 1967-1975 1998 Atlantic 3:04
The Demo Mix Down on Broadway 1998 Highland Records