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Hey There Delilah
Plain White T's Lyrics


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Hey there, Delilah
What's it like in New York city?
I'm a thousand miles away
But, girl, tonight you look so pretty
Yes, you do
Times Square can't shine as bright as you
I swear, it's true

Hey there, Delilah
Don't you worry about the distance
I'm right there if you get lonely
Give this song another listen
Close your eyes
Listen to my voice, it's my disguise
I'm by your side

Oh, it's what you do to me
Oh, it's what you do to me
Oh, it's what you do to me
Oh, it's what you do to me
What you do to me

Hey there, Delilah
I know times are gettin' hard
But just believe me, girl
Someday I'll pay the bills with this guitar
We'll have it good
We'll have the life we knew we would
My word is good

Hey there, Delilah
I've got so much left to say
If every simple song I wrote to you
Would take your breath away
I'd write it all
Even more in love with me you'd fall
We'd have it all

Oh, it's what you do to me
Oh, it's what you do to me
Oh, it's what you do to me
Oh, it's what you do to me

A thousand miles seems pretty far
But they've got planes and trains and cars
I'd walk to you if I had no other way
Our friends would all make fun of us
And we'll just laugh along because we know
That none of them have felt this way
Delilah, I can promise you
That by the time we get through
The world will never ever be the same
And you're to blame

Hey there, Delilah
You be good, and don't you miss me
Two more years and you'll be done with school
And I'll be makin' history like I do
You'll know it's all because of you
We can do whatever we want to
Hey there, Delilah, here's to you
This one's for you

Oh, it's what you do to me
Oh, it's what you do to me
Oh, it's what you do to me
Oh, it's what you do to me
What you do to me

Oh, whoa, whoa
Oh whoa, oh
Oh, oh

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of "Hey There Delilah" by Plain White T's narrate a long-distance relationship between the singer and a girl named Delilah who lives in New York City while he is a thousand miles away. The song begins with the singer telling Delilah how pretty she looks despite the distance between them. The singer assured Delilah that distance will not affect their relationship and that he would always be by her side. He sings of his dreams of being able to support them both someday with his guitar, despite the hardships they are facing in the present.


The chorus of the song emphasizes how Delilah affects the singer's life, singing "Oh, it's what you do to me, what you do to me." The second verse promises Delilah that he has many things left to say to her and that if he were given a chance, he would write her hundreds of songs. He sings of his desire for them to be together and to have everything they wished for in life.


The final verse of the song is optimistic, looking towards the future where they will no longer be separated by distance, and the singer would be making history. He celebrates Delilah for being the source of inspiration behind his success and dedicates the song to her.


Overall, the lyrics of "Hey There Delilah" represent a heartwarming tale of love and determination in the face of adversity. It is a song of hope and optimism that encourages its listeners to believe in themselves and in the power of love.


Line by Line Meaning

Hey there, Delilah
Introduces the start of the song that is a message to Delilah


What's it like in New York City?
Asks Delilah about the experience of living in New York City


I'm a thousand miles away
Expresses physical distance between the singer and Delilah


But, girl, tonight you look so pretty
Compliments Delilah's beauty, even from far away


Yes, you do
Affirms the compliment previously given to Delilah


Times Square can't shine as bright as you
States that Delilah outshines the lights of New York's Time Square


I swear, it's true
Emphasizes the truthfulness of the previous statement


Don't you worry about the distance
Comforts Delilah by saying that she shouldn't worry about the distance between them


I'm right there if you get lonely
Assures Delilah that the singer is there for her if she ever feels lonely


Give this song another listen
Encourages Delilah to listen again to the song he's written for her


Close your eyes
Asks Delilah to close her eyes to truly listen to the message he's conveying through the song


Listen to my voice, it's my disguise
Reveals that the song is a disguise for the true feelings that the singer is trying to express to Delilah


I'm by your side
Assures Delilah that he's always with her, even though they are physically far apart


Oh, it's what you do to me
States that Delilah has a significant and positive impact on the singer


I know times are gettin' hard
Acknowledges that Delilah may be experiencing difficult times


But just believe me, girl
Encourages Delilah to trust in the singer's words and promises


Someday I'll pay the bills with this guitar
Expresses the singer's dream of becoming successful by playing his guitar and promises to support Delilah


We'll have it good
Predicts that their future will be bright and happy


We'll have the life we knew we would
Reinforces the idea that they will fulfill their dreams together


My word is good
Affirms the singer's honesty, trustworthiness, and ability to follow through on his promises


I've got so much left to say
Expresses that there is much more the singer wants to say to Delilah


If every simple song I wrote to you
Hypothetically states that if every song he wrote for Delilah was simple, it would still take her breath away


Would take your breath away
Suggests that the things the singer has to say to Delilah are beautiful, touching, and impactful


I'd write it all
Promises to write all of the beautiful things he wants to say to Delilah


Even more in love with me you'd fall
Predicts that as Delilah listens to more of his messages, she will fall even more in love with him


We'd have it all
Draws a picture of a future that is perfect and complete


A thousand miles seems pretty far
Acknowledges that a thousand miles is a significant distance between them


But they've got planes and trains and cars
Suggests that despite the distance, there are ways to overcome it, such as through transportation


I'd walk to you if I had no other way
States that the singer is willing to put in the effort, even if it means walking all the way to Delilah


Our friends would all make fun of us
Predicts that their friends would tease them, but they would find it funny


And we'll just laugh along because we know
Affirms that the singer and Delilah know their feelings for each other are real and strong, so they can ignore the teasing


That none of them have felt this way
Suggests that the love between the singer and Delilah is unique and special, and their friends don't truly understand it


Delilah, I can promise you
Makes a promise to Delilah directly


That by the time we get through
Predicts that the difficulties they're facing now will eventually be resolved


The world will never ever be the same
Suggests that their love story will have a profound impact on the world


And you're to blame
Playfully suggests that all of this is Delilah's fault, due to her impact on the singer


You be good, and don't you miss me
Reminds Delilah to take care of herself and not to worry or miss the singer too much


Two more years and you'll be done with school
States that Delilah's education is almost complete, and she will soon be starting a new chapter in her life


And I'll be makin' history like I do
Expresses the singer's confidence in his future success and promises that he will make a significant impact


You'll know it's all because of you
Affirms that Delilah is the inspiration for the singer's success and accomplishments


We can do whatever we want to
Suggests that Delilah and the singer have endless possibilities for their future together


Hey there, Delilah, here's to you
Concludes the song with a toast to Delilah and a final message of love and admiration


This one's for you
Reiterates that the song is a special message written specifically for Delilah




Lyrics ยฉ CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Tom Higgenson

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@dkumar3770

don't know why but it gives some kind of positive sadness

@timothyjoseph3867

That's how I would describe nostalgia.

@prettyfox1413

Its a nostalgic, melancholy feeling.

@aqungugel6756

ikr

@emmypaig.e6942

Same

@qe2eqe

His raging confidence in making it as a guitarist reminds me of a very talented friend who lost the fine motor skills in his hands as a side effect of chemo, right after graduating high school
Reminds me of relationships that I thought would survive distance but didn't
god damn I'm negative

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@Brandonmntoya

when the homies arenโ€™t around and you can finally listen to non-hip hop

@day8855

That is me I'm tryna escape them and listen to some rock or songs like this and I'm good.but everyone grown to accept my music taste but it still bothers people lol

@callmestevo8813

@@day8855 right you like what you like if your friends judge your music taste they arnt your friends

@day8855

@@callmestevo8813 thanks but nah they dont like be in my face about it like they're people I hang with we all just like different things besides I'm no hypocrite there was times where I would here some music my friends listened to a be confused but and questioned but hey we are all like that

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