• Unlike the Tom Jones "Delilah", which is about a jilted lover who turns homicidal, this Delilah is much more anodyne, an irresistible girl who makes Freddie Mercury smile. As the song goes on, it becomes clear that Delilah is not human: she's actually a cat. Mercury did indeed write it about one of his favorite felines.
  • This was one of the first tracks recorded for Innuendo, the last album Queen released in Mercury's lifetime. He was suffering from AIDS, and his condition deteriorated as the sessions progressed.

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  • Mary from ArizonaI love that Freddie wrote this song about his favorite cat, Delilah. He was so ill at the time and knew he was dying, but he soldiered on and recorded so many wonderful songs for Innuendo. But this one is one of my favorites because I'm a cat lover AND Freddie is a hero of mine.
  • Adz from Philippines I stumbled upon this song and instantly became fav song. The lyrics are all so true to all who love cats.
  • Phillip from Launceston, AustraliaMy daughter named her cat Delilah. I had never heard of this song before.
    I was actually searching for the TJ song and found this gem. What a coincidence that I was searching because of a cat named Delilah, and found a song about a cat named Delilah!
  • Joe from , MoI'm not sure why but I absolutely love this song!
  • Valerie from Eureka, CaLOL!!! Die hard Queen fans would automatically know this song was about one of Freddie's cats! Furthermore, any cat person would completely understand the song without question. The guitar sounds mimicking cat meows is GREAT!!!! Who else would do such a thing? If you recall, Delilah is on the Innuendo lp. The last music recorded by Queen due to Fred's 'health issues'. To me this song is like a farewell, good-bye, I love you song to his cat. To me it is a very touching song that comes across as soulfully personal...or maybe I am putting too much into it.
    Valerie, California
  • Tanya from Dayton, OhFreddie Mercury displayed his sense of humor in a lot of his songs. When I was a kid, by listening to one of their songs for the first time, I could automatically tell who wrote it.
  • Stefano from Rome, ItalyThough a Queen fan, I must admit this song is inconsistent. And what about the guitar slide imitating the cat's meeow?!? Poor Red Special!
  • Amy from Dallas, TxLOL yeah fun song
  • Freddie from Orlando, Flwhen you pee all over my (dums) Chippendale suite!!!!!!!!!!!! Deliah! Deliah Woahwoahwoahwoahwoahwoahwoah
    this is the greatest. i love Freddie for writing songs about WHATEVER he felt like. Its GREAT.
    its great how much he loves it... haha you just gotta laugh at this, man. Good ol' Fred.
  • Alicia from Tamaqua, PaThis song was written about his favorite cat, Dalilah. People actually thought this song was written about a woman... and thought it was apauling when in the lyrics it states about "her pissing on his curtains" or something like that... lol, but then had a laugh about it when they found out is was about a
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