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Happy Valentine’s Day! “Hey There Delilah”

Happy Valentine’s Day!

This is a holiday to celebrate with your sweetheart and loved ones. It’s not a national holiday, which means that workers don’t get the day off from work. Traditionally, on this day, couples (two people in a romantic relationship) give each other presents, such as flowers, candy, stuffed animals, and jewelry. On the radio, you’ll hear callers make dedications to the one they love, requesting a song that expresses their feelings.

A very popular love song this past year was by the band, the “Plain White T’s” (T = T-shirt). It’s a simple love song sung by a man who is in a long-distance relationship (a relationship where the two people are in different places) with a woman named Delilah. When this song became popular, women would wear shirts that said “I’m Delilah” to nightclubs, perhaps because they wished that the song had been written for them. If you want to impress a woman you love, maybe you can serenade (sing to) her with this song. Just don’t forget to change the name!

~ Lucy

“Hey There Delilah”
by Plain White T’s

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 (the center and busiest part of New York city) can’t shine (give off light) as bright as you
I swear (promise) 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 (method of hiding)
I’m by your side (near you)

Oh it’s what you do to me (how you affect 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 (promise) 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 (to leave someone feeling surprised and speechless because of the beauty they experienced)
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 (laugh at 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 (are finished)
The world will never ever be the same
And you’re to blame (responsible)

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.

12 Responses to “Happy Valentine’s Day! “Hey There Delilah””

  1. Jamshid Says:

    Happy valentine’s day for all ESL podcast team and podcast’s fan
    Jamshid and Fereshteh from Berlin

  2. Sam Says:

    To copules who know the value of LOVE;
    I wish you a pleasent Valentine’s day. Hope the warmth of these dreamy moments make your lovely relationships perpetuated.

    Regards
    Sam

  3. emiliano Says:

    Yes, I like the song, and like that boy I may sing to her “Oh it’s what you do to me” …forty years ago, as she and her love “did affect me so much and so long”.
    Best wishes to you both Lucy and Jeff, and to all ESL team and listened I whish them to have somebody
    to love…as the Beatles said many years ago ..”I need somebody to love”…….and we’ll be happy (that’s me).
    The best gift to our love today, and everyday, is just “let her or him know that is everything for us, that without her or him life should be hard to live, very hard indeed.

  4. coooleve Says:

    I hate Valentine’s day…. single, alone, lonely… T.T

  5. learner Says:

    Thank you Lucy ‘n’ Jeff, I love the song. Because you made it readable. I wish if I have one to sing it to her. But, wish you guys happy valentine’s day!!!!!!

  6. Luke Says:

    It is really a complex thing…

  7. Jesus Says:

    Well, I like Valentine’s Day because there is love (but certainly it should be all over the year!! It don’t just need a single day ;) ). But also, I don’t like Valentine’s Day because it seems that everybody thinks that they must give an expensive gift. There is a lot of consumerism.

    So, it doesn’t neccesary a day to give love, we can give love the whole year! for that reason, I think that this day has been made up as a marketing strategy.

    Clearly, not everybody think so and even there are many people who use this day as excuse or aid to finally decide to tell somebody how much they love her or him.

    Well, I hope love for all of you!

  8. Henry L. Says:

    Love does not matter race, age, and sex. When you look inside: we all look a same! My recently favorite song is VALENTINE from Jim Brickman. Specially, the lyric wrote: You’ve opened my eyes and shown me how to love unselfishly. That is what our human expected: respect.

    Once again. Happy Valentine to all over the world!

    Henry Luong
    Edgewater, NJ

  9. Henry L. Says:

    Dear Lucy, thank you so much to find out those helpful, improve our English and interested us song with lyric. :-)

    Henry Luong
    Edgewater, Nj

  10. KCNY Says:

    I like the song! And I actually learned to play this on guitar! LOL!
    What a good way to learn English from lyric! Good idea, Lucy!

  11. ESLPodcast Google Group Says:

    nice song..

  12. ????? Says:

    sry i just know how to write my name in arabic :)) anyway however in arabic when i read some thing like that i just say “raee” i donot know how to say it in english . thanks