Queen Of Denial
Well I said he had a lot of potential
I knew he didn't have any money
Oh Queen of Denial, buyin' all his
Well I'm not gonna jump to conclusions
|"Coolest queen on the planet is our own Pam
We asked Pam how this song came about. Here's her story:
A friend had called me with a really bad joke about Antony and Cleopatra.The punch line was "Because she was Cleopatra, queen of denial". The phrase stuck in my mind. That night Bob, Jan and I went to writer's night at the bluebird. I was inspired by the creative environment. A writer was performing and I kept thinking the next line should be "How gone is goodbye", but that's another story. Afterwards, we went to Perkin's for pancakes. I was full or energy and talked Bob and Jan into staying up all night to write songs. I'm a binge writer. We went home, made a pot of coffee and I grabbed the guitar and just started playing. I knew I wanted an up-tempo song. "Cleopatra" just fell out in a fit of creativity! So there you have it. One bad joke, one great writer's night and a few pancakes later... "Just call me Cleopatra everybody, 'cause I'm the Queen of Denial"
Cleopatra is one of five songs Tillis co-wrote on the new album [Homeward Looking Angel], and does not describe her personal life. The third writer on Cleopatra, Jan Buckingham, is based in Nashville, but her songs have been cut by artists of all styles. The native of St. Louis earned a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Missouri before embarking on a career in music. Her best known country cut is I Don't Mind the Thorns, a No.1 record for Lee Greenwood.
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