Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Hey there, Delilah! Give this a listen.


Long distance relationship na, unrequited love pa!

It's such a sweet, sad and hopeful song nevertheless. And I love the story behind it. Delilah DiCrescenzo is a real girl (the kilig story in next week's People magazine) who inspired Plain White T's Tom Higgenson to write this song. They met and he was so smitten, he blurted out that he'd write her a song. Thing is, he's never done anything like that. So every time they'd chat online (they didn't go out since she was already with someone else), she'd tease him about the so-called song. So finally, Tom just sat down and wrote the damn thing. Now, the song is #3 in Billboard's Hot 100 and #1 on iTunes. Not bad, not bad at all!

Woody Allen once said 90% of success is showing up. Just show up with the song, dammit, and you'll be a roaring success!

But did the song work the way it was supposed to? Nah! Delilah says the song was "the most romantic gesture" but hey, "we'll just remain friends."


This song just makes me cry every time I listen to it. Strange, as I've never been in a long-distance relationship. But it speaks volumes of loneliness and faith, and the cheerful determination not to succumb to the desperation and the sadness of being far away from the one you love--it just really breaks my heart!

Okay, in case you want to sing along, here are the sad and lovely lyrics that are just full of longing and hope:

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 getting 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 will 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 making 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

This song is for Mariel and Alvin. Be strong, be strong.


  1. This song was just so straightforwardly sincere, it's heartbreaking!

    But props to Delilah for not being swayed by romantic gestures when she's already committed to someone else. Mahirap 'yun!

    Thanks for sharing this :)

  2. Yeah, Vince likes it, too, he was in a painful LDR before, did he tell you? Anyway, we both like how the guy says, "We'll have the life we knew we would, my word is good." Very manly. I hope all men were like that!

  3. Aww... Wahh :( The song is so sad! But nice his composition and arrangement on the acoustic guitar, very smooth. The lyrics are heartbreaking you're right. Thanks so much for dedicating this entry to me and the man. We're braving the distance. And I pray everyday for the best!

    Pero wait---tumanggi si Delilah sa (future)rockstar?! The perks! The perks! :D

    Miss you and the Ok! gang. Please say hi. Lots of love from me to you :)

  4. Yeah, Vince and I love the string arrangement, too. Hindi nakakasawa. And the lyrics are simple, almost kindergarten-ish, but that only adds to the song's charm.

    Aba, Delilah is an Olympic Games hopeful. I guess she thought that to be with him may end her dreams. So it's all good. Plus, her heart already belonged to someone else!


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