“Lily Was Here” is an instrumental composition recorded by British guitarist David Stewart and Dutch saxophonist Candy Dulfer. It was released in November 1989 as the soundtrack to the film De Kassière, released in the UK as Lily Was Here. The song reached number one in the Dutch chart and was among the top twenty hits in a number of other European countries, Australia, and the United States.
Dave Stewart invited young saxophonist Candy Dulfer, who had not previously released solo commercial material, to record the soundtrack album for the film De Kassière. Candy’s father, Hans Dulfer, also a saxophonist, was also present in the studio during the recording and later revealed that the song was recorded in one take on the very last day of recording the soundtrack.
In November 1989 the song was released as a single in the Netherlands and quickly became a hit, lasting five weeks at number one in the singles chart. Thanks to this, the song was also released in the rest of the world, where it also became popular. The song reached number 6 in the UK and number 11 on the American Billboard Hot 100.
The success of this single prompted Dulfer to record her own debut record, which she called Saxuality.