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Hey There Delilah

by

Plain White T's



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This song is about a girl and a boy in a long distance relationship who talk about their future plans of her finishing school and him becoming a famous guitar player. (thanks, Kelsi - Princeton, Canada)
Delilah is Delilah DiCrescenzo, a steeplechase runner who lead singer Tom Higgenson met through a friend. In an interview with USA Today, Higgenson said: "I thought she was the most beautiful girl I had ever seen. I told her, 'I have a song about you already.' Obviously, there was no song. But I thought it was smooth."

Higgenson didn't get the girl, as Delilah was dating somebody and wasn't interested.
This ballad was a huge hit for Plain White T's, but it is not indicative of their sound, which is usually louder Pop/Punk realm. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
Tom Higgenson told clickmusic.com that he felt this was possibly the most well-crafted song on the album: "I think I definitely spent the most time on the lyrics with that song. It's a lyric-driven song, so every line was important. It's very exposed and vulnerable, but it's very simple."
Drummer De'mar Hamilton told ilikemusic.com how this song came to be written: "It's an acoustic song that was written about 5 years ago. It was actually written before I was in the band. But our singer, Tom, met a girl, a real girl, her name was Delilah, and he met her through a friend. Nothing really happened between them but he tried to swoon her a little bit, so he told her he'd written a song about her, but he really hadn't written a song about her. He was just trying to be cute and kind of goofy. And then he actually did go and write a song about her." He added that Tom and Delilah were friends who'd seen each other maybe a total of 5 times, but they didn't really keep in touch. "But she likes the song."
The song climbed into the American Top 10 the week of June 23, when it advanced 16-6. It then proceeded to move up one slot each week. The 6-5-4-3-2-1 pattern cannot be found with any other #1 song for over 20 years. (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England)
This song took a while to catch on in the UK, where it didn't chart until 2007. (thanks, Alice - Bristol, England)
This became the first Hot 100 chart-topper for the Hollywood label.
After leaping from #16 to #6 on the US chart, this song moved up one place each week until it reached #1. This 6-5-4-3-2-1 pattern was the most positions a song climbed step-by-step to #1 since Bill Conti's "Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky)" edged 7-6-5-4-3-2-1 in 1977.
This was nominated for Grammy Awards for Song Of The Year and Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group. Delilah DiCrescenzo attended the ceremony as Tom Higgenson's date on February 10, 2008. The song didn't win, and while it was technically their first date, Delilah made it clear that it was strictly platonic and was still seeing her boyfriend. See Delilah and Tom in Song Images.
Guitarist Dave Tirio added about how the song came to be written: "We still have contact with her every now and then and she is a nice girl and I remember when we met her back in the day Tom just was smitten with her and he was just kind of flirting with her and he was talking about writing a songs about her and she responded by kind of goofing around and saying oh where is my song I want to hear this thing and he kind of had to put his money where his mouth is and he started writing the thing. He got about 4 lines into it and just writing about how she had gone off to school and how much he missed her and what not. Then he kind of spun that into what would you want to say to any girl in your life that you were totally head over heels for, what were all the sings you would want to cram into one little conversations then he kind of channeled that into the song."
Tom Higginson explained to absolutepunk.net the meaning behind the band's name: "Plain White T's was the best name out of a bunch of really bad names that we thought of. We thought that in a way it stood for something classic, timeless, and always cool; which is also the kind of music we've always tried to make."
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Comments (65):

this is a great song...mine and my girlfriends song
- Drew, Eau Claire, WI
I love this song because the guy that i like that likes me is nicknamed delilah and he is having his brother teach him how to play guitar just so he can play this song to me.
- Sarah, Clovis, NM
i thought this song was about the radio personality Delilah. LOL.
- jean, austin, TX
this is one of my favorite songs. i heard Tom met her after she attended a show of theirs. and once he wrote the song about her, Delilah went to see it performed while her boyfriend waited out in the car! haha
- Teala, Boston, MA
its hard to get another song like this...to me its a masterpiece..though clutching on to one aspect the whole world understands - love, this song is unique in its own way...so enjoy it ppl...
- rahul, chennai, India
It was so overplayed on the radio. Have you noticed how radio stations play decent music over and over until you are just sick of it? Either way, this is a a sweet song, even if it is an imaginary relationship. At my camp it is the perfect slow dance song, minus the fact that everyone is so tired of hearing it.
- hope, Naperville, IL
When this song first came out i was in love; This is one of the Plain White T's greatest song
- Jess, Cape May, NJ
I met Tom last night at a show i played at a bar in the west chicago suburbs where he lives. He is a very nice guy whos willing to talk to anyone. He def wrote the song no doubt about it.
- Brian, Chicago, IL
Hey tom higgenson's dad was my old boss john higgenson, out in elk grove village, il.
- raul, chicago, IL
in answer to what someone responded with the last time i posted which was ages and ages ago, it says the release date is 2005 but all last summer i heard it like every 2 hours like radio stations do with new songs so i am confused as to how a 2-year-old song gets airplay as if it is a fresh new one...was it really released that long ago and just now caught on last year? does anyone know anything about that? there is another song this site that was the same way, played every 2 hours or so but was supposedly released in 05.
- Natasha, Oklahoma City, OK
Maybe this is just me... but this sounds to me like a very sad song.

Most everybody thinks this is a sweet song, and maybe that's the intention, but this is the way I see it...

Notice that this is a one way conversation, from the guy left behind, to the girl "a thousand miles away". You have no idea what the girl is thinking, or doing from the song... for all we know the guy is home longing for the girl and the girl is out living up the life in New York City.

Plus, it seems apparent to me that they'll never work out in the end. It looks like he hasn't had any higher education, yet she will graduate from college in two years. He has big plans of being a rock star, but that's quite the pipe dream there. Most people that do pursue a career in music end up failing, but even if he does beat the odds, that could potentially be a worse situation for their relationship, because the "high-flying" life of a rock star will tend to destroy the possibility of having a meaningful relationship (how many rock-stars have long lasting marriages?), no matter how much love there is there.

Either way, she will, after graduating, be in a different place (metaphorically speaking, though possibly geographically as well) than the guy she left behind. Chances are that there is no hope for this relationship... so it sad to me.

This song is to me a song about the naivety that goes into pursuing long distance relationships that are doomed to inevitable failure. But that's just my opinion, I could be wrong.
- Vincent, Detroit, MI
This song is good, i liek how you can someohw find a way to relate to it but yet it bugs me how the chorus just repeats "Ooh it's what you do to me" over and over again!!!! UGH!!! couldn't they have come up with something a little more creative?
- Dewd, Ontario, ON
I don't know who wrote "Hey There Delilah", but even if Plain White Tees didn't write it, they still managed to make it beautiful. Yes, the chords are simple and so are the lyrics, but that just adds to its charm. I don't think its about a pedophile; I don't know what the author intended. I just think the interpretation lies with the listener. Personally, I love this song.
- Jo, Cleveland, OH
THis song is so comercialized. The lyrics are simple and very predictable. and they are just two chords in the whole thing. Just out of curiosty though, does anyone else think that it is kind of a rip of Good ridance by Green Day. Think about it.
- Austin, smallsville, NE
When this song came out My husband was on his way to Iraq and we listened to it everyday, I listened to this song almost Everyday and it made me Cry but it also made me look forward to him coming home for good!! On his Rand R he came home for 2 weeks and we became pregnant..YAYYYY!! I'm having a girl and we are gonna name her Delilah.
- Kendra, Dallas, TX
i am from Hong Kong and I like this song. English is not my first language,I like this song. Have a concert because of this song, we buy tickets because this song easy to understand for the ESL student all over the world. thank you.
- ching, kolwoon, Hong Kong
this song really doesn't show what they're all about. It's sad that it's famous without any of their other songs, but i still love it!!
- Anna, Atlanta, GA
The only song that can possibly me more obnoxious than this one is 'Roxanne' by the Police (by the way I like the Police). This song is just plain awful. It's poorly written and even more poorly sung. I cannot help bet laugh at the people who find that it 'reminds them of so-and-so'. Get a life or at least a better song.
- Drake, Monroe, LA
This song makes me cry everytime I hear it. . .it was the ringtone my 13 year old sister had when her bestfriend called her. .it makes me cry because her bestfriend was murdered about 3 months ago by her own dad . . . He killed her mom,too......so I really could care less who wrote it,the Plain White T's made the best of this song. . .and I'm not trying to argue with anyone,its just how I personaly feel and everyone should respect that. . . .everyones entitled to their opinion
- Doris, Lynwood, CA
i agree with matt from cherry hill completely. the song sucks.and the plain white t's got popular from a song they didnt even write. and that makes it suck even more.
- tony, escondido, CA
Actually, Haley from Manhatten, Higgenson DID NOT write this song.This is a common misconception, due largely to the fact that Tom is claiming he wrote it. Matt from Cherry Hill is the most intelligent person on here so far because he knows what he is talking about. Although I disagree about the song "sucking", he is correct in that NEITHER THE PLAIN WHITE T'S NOR ANYONE IN THAT BAND wrote the song "Hey There Delilah". They are peddling filthy, whorish lies!!!!
- Delilah, Tupelo, MS
ummm... Natasha.. to answer your question, this song actually did come out a while ago. i first came across it about a little over a year ago but idk how long its actually been out. : ]
- chrissy, lakeland, FL
It says the release date is 2005 but I hear all over the radio now on all the top 40 stations everywhere I have been in the country the last 3 months(Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma). Was this released 2 years ago and it didn't get big or promoted til now?? anyone know the story behind that?
- Natasha, Bethany, OK
this song makes me feel so sad.I met a boy I fell in love with from a different continent but he didnt want to keep it going long-distance as he wanted us both to live our lives free.I still love him and talk to him all the time and I know he misses me too but theres nothing either of us can do,we plan on getting back together next summer,but weather that happens Im not sure.......
- secret, london, England
I'm in a long distance semi-relationship. I say semi because we're not an item, but we could be except for distance. Anyways, this song is pretty good except it's hard to change the lyrics because Delilah is 3 syllables and _____ is only 2! but still love the song.
- Shane, St. John's, United States
Wtf.. this song is NOT about an child predator, Delilah is in her 20's..

and Tom Higgenson WROTE it, so techincally it is by the Plain White T's, smart one.

And it doesn't sound anything like Simon and Garfunkel..
- Haley, Manhattan, NY
usually I would agree with the whole this is an overrated song thing, but I can relate to it, so that makes it special to me
- Sean, Vero Beach, FL
i think this is possibly the most overrated song on the radio today. i really wish they would stop playing it. its theoretically disinteresting and boring to listen to.
- Emma, mississauga, Canada
Oh, and Alex from New York- I have to disagree. "Hey There Delilah" really doesn't sound anything like "The Boxer" by Simon and Garfunkel.
- Megan, Calgary
This song is overrated, and not that great. I am tired of hearing it playing out of my sisters CD player. She should turn on some Simon and Garfunkel and see what REAL song writing is like.
- Megan, Calgary
this song sucks. besides the plain white tees didnt even write it.
- Matt, Cherry Hill, NJ
i heard on the radio that delilah was just a friend. sounds to me like he wanted her though. and wtf with the child predator stuff..she's in college in ny, he's far away trying to make it in music.
- joanna, philadelphia, PA
I have to agree with Addy from Toledo, cause he´s a thousand miles away, but still she looks pretty? hes obviously looin at her myspace. and two more years shell be done with school, and hes already done?? uhh someone call "to catch a predator" lol
- Tim, New York, NY
I Am in long distant relationship....and though most of the time..it is just a thrilling experience..it has its dose of ups and downs..the major cause is the distance..
we cant be the rest of the world..we cant do what the others similarly in love might do...
its just painful and frustrating at times..
My man couldn't contact me for a month!..
one day i received a mail from him
"plz..do download the song called "hey there delilah"...
from plain white t's..
belive me gall..you will be shocked.."
i was realy taken aback..but i followed his orders..
and i was spell bound..!!!!!!!!!!!!
even though my parents sat beside me as i played the song...i never paid attention to what they said (of course they dont know abt him...)

IT was as if the song was made perfectly for just the two of us...(now i am not sure about that after reading the comments..hehe)

It was a perfect dedication...
- Sinyorita, Wb, India
What a horrible waste of radio play,especially when My Morning Jacket and Umphrey's McGee are around.
- Rob, Nashville, TN
I think thee genius of Paul Simon would write something alot better than this!
- Sam, Portsmouth, VA
I love this song, yet it makes me really sad at the same time. I am in a relationship right now with a boy that I met at my senior year of high school. We have been together for the summer but now we are both going away to college. Though our colleges are only like two hours away from each other I am still afraid because that is still a good distance when trying to balance our busy schedules at college. May not be a thousand miles but it sure is going to feel like it. :( I love him so much and just hope things work out between us.
- Sarah, Chicago, IL
My mom thinks this sounds like simon and garfunkle's The Boxer but i see only a slight insignificant similarity. What do you think?
- alex, new york, NY
This song really breaks my heart because my attempt at a long distance relationship ended in February.

We dated for 2 years, and although sometimes times were hard, overall it was some of the best times of my life.

It really is affecting because all these promises he's making are so similar to what i was promising her.

Amazing how fast life changes.
- Brandon, Rancho , CA
i love this song... while im not in a long distance relationship, this a real and true love song that alot of people can relate to... lol, and its fun to sing along with.... OHHH ITS WHAT YOU DO TO MEEEE....
- anna, paris, TX
This song became mine and now my ex's song when we started dating. We met over the internet and were friends for a few months and he would call me just to talk. When we became boyfriend and girlfriend, it was the most amazing thing. I love this song and he did too. He lives two states away and we both dreamt of meeting. We talked about how his dream was to become a big star football player since he was pretty much the all star at his school and that once I got out of high school (in the two years I had left) we would somehow have a life with one another. In fact, his mother had two more kids, a boy and a girl and she named the girl Delilah. This became our song and he'd sing it to me when I felt lonely without him. I still dream of meeting him someday, but until then, all I have is the memory of him and this song.
- Kimberly, triiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii, WA
this song i pretty much how my love life is
- hunter, marshamellow, VA
I can't say too much about this song. But it's the kind that makes me lay on my bed and think about that person I wish was with me. And somewhere in the song I find my self almost alseep with a sad smile on my face. I do love this song and got the lyrics as soon as I could.
- Santsuko, Candy Land, AZ
Only girls can like this song.
- Sam, Portsmouth, VA
I love this song!! i couldnt imagine this cuz im in love w/ this amazing guy he is the perfect boyfriend ever and we live 5 houses down from each other i couldnt imagine living a thousand miles away from him i love u <3bailey<3
- gdsgrg, lockport, NY
I love this song. If my boyfriend ever sang a song like this to me, I would kill myself when he was done, because my life would never be any better than at that point in time.
- Rhoda, Rice, AL
This song is so pathetic. He plays two chords, and recites a love poem. Do they play this live? If so, do the other band members just sit there?
- John, Conover, NC
Everytime I hear this song I think of my boyfriend. We've only been together for six months but I've known him since we were younger. For thirteen years I livedd in the house around the corner from his so when we first started dating we saw each other all the time. Then, a couple months in I moved. We still see each other but it gets really hard knowing that he's not around the corner anymore. Lately I've been getting really depressed but whenever I hear this song it makes me smile :)
- Nicky, Rockaway, NJ
OMG! i love this song too! The first time i heard it i was like "oh my gosh! i love this song" and now i'm addicted to the radio and keep on trying to find the song again.
- Allison, an awesome city in, CO
my girl is in new york city and i'm in the other side of the map... we even don't see the moon at the same time. It's freakin hard how life has been for me, for her for both of us. I am a frontman of a band in my hometown and even though i dont aim to make money outta our music i just want to create a name so that kids scribble our name on their desks..i love my girl very much and i know i wont be seeing her for another year.. actually it was 2 yrs but 1 yr just passed by... i'm miss her so much that sometimes i want to rip my heart out and lay numb.. this song is like a small vision of the life we are having.. i love it and she loves it aswell... i've promised her that i'll sing for her every full moon night and i'll definately sing my heart out on this one...i love my girl uti***
- allen, jordan, Hong Kong
This reminds me of me and my own long distance relationship. He lives in England and I live New York. And we aren't going to see each other for at least 5 years. Every time he writes me he starts the letters with "Hey There Delilah." Lol.
- Roiben, New York, NY
wow this song is amazing it gives me the chills lol
- V, None of Your Business, GA
oh my gosh i am in love with this song, its definetly on my top favorites!! i am soooo glad that i found it on here!!
- theresa, rochester, NY
wow what a wonderful, moving, inspiring song!! :O) This song brings forth such truth with my relationship! The words to this songs expresses both of our situation(s) and heart(s). I waited THREE long, lonely, tiring years to finally be with the one I love so dearly! It is rare that two people, meeting the very first time, end up being "soul mates" but for us atleast, it happened. We know it is fate that we be together forever... hand in hand, struggle through struggle, and with God, we will stand together, facing it all. Simply because we love each other dearly, and no one can take that away or match it with any amount of money. I thank God for this song! It truly served as a blessing for us both. GBU all! MJ <3
- MJ, Philly, PA
Ok I'm listening to the words of this song and i'm freaking out, why? Because I'm 14 and inlove with a girl, and were seperated by distance (I live on the east side of florida, her on the west). And another thing is we have plans for the future, and i'm going to school to be a musician, guitarist, which i've been playing for 6 years. And It's just so unbelievable. But were sticking together til the end. I heard it on a radio in a shop, so I came home tonight and non stop looking it up on the internet til I found it. Every word of this song explains our unique, hard, worth it relationship. wow, get a load of that...all i have to do is change the word delila to oriana, which rhymes in the song too, wow to friging freaky!
- Hank, pompano beach, FL
I love this song so much.
- Cassie, Overland Park, KS
This song was wrote to be a pick up line it never worked but they are still friends
- ashley, taylor, MI
this song is great i think it is about a long distance relationship but im reall not sure so im not gunna pick a fight ill just let every one else figure it out kk tootle loo...
- jessa, pittsburgh, PA
I wish my best guy friend/would be boyfriend would write something this sweet for me! People think it's an Emo somg but I disagree.
- Natalie, Chicago, IL
Totally loved this song, yeah i'm in a long distance relationship so this song means a lot to us, it's funny how exactly in 2 years we will be able to see eachother, also all the plans we have thought of; how the song is so related to these kind of relationships.
Love you with all my heart Julia~ <3

yup, long distance sucks!
- Alejandro, Cozumel, Mexico
I heard on the radio, The Plain White T's said this song is about a girl he's only seen a few times. Her name is Delilah, but she has a boyfriend who is not in the band. So this song is sort of the band's fantasy relationship.
- Bob, Hippy, CO
I love this song so much! It is so touching to hear how much the two love each other, despite the fact that they won't see each other for the next twp years, and how he wrote the song for her! how sweet!
- Neha, Oakville, Canada
I just love this song, was sent to me by a friend in America so has added meaning... It's not just about extreme long distance though and the aspect of looking towards the future is really sweet.
- David Humphreys, Worthing (near Brighton), England
I love this song. It reminds me of these 2 guys from france that my best friend and I met on a cruise! we miss them so much and its like a song for us cuz we will be done wit HS in 2 years. OMG i really love this song!
- Sarah, rocky point, NY
This song makes me cry. Long distance sucks.
- Brittlynn, New Baltimore, MI
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