Hey There Delilah chords



You can learn how to play Hey There Delilah by Plain White T’s!

Hey There Delilah is a single from one-hit wonders Plain White T’s.

The song was promoted to get on the radio over two albums before it broke through. When it finally did, Plain White T’s had a worldwide hit.

This song uses extremely common chords. Only the key and therefore chord shapes, are slightly rare.

If you think it sounds simple, try writing a song that gets people to naturally sing along and you’ll soon realize that this is certainly not easy.

To learn how to write something simple, yet memorable, you must study these types of songs in depth. Start with Hey There Delilah’s chords below!


Hey There Delilah chords and lyrics


Chords for Hey There Delilah – Guitar 1

The verse chords are an open position A chord, a G chord, and a D5 chord (no 3rd). We also have two barre chords, in Bm and F#m. These are all chords from the key of D.

The chord progression starts off with the I – III movement, this ranks as #8 on my top 10 chord progression list.

| D5 | F#m |
Hey there Delilah what’s it like in New York City?
| D5 | F#m | Bm Bm/A |
I’m a thousand miles away, but girl tonight you look so pretty, yes you do.
| G A | Bm | A A5 |
Times Square can’t shine as bright as you, I swear it’s true.

The chorus is even simpler, just moving between chords I (D) and VI (Bm) with the help of a bass line.

| D5 D5/A | Bm Bm/C# | D5 D5/A | Bm Bm/C# |
Oh, it’s what you do to me, oh it’s what you do to me.
| D5 D5/A | Bm Bm/C# | D5 D5/A | Bm Bm/C# | D5 |
Oh, it’s what you do to me, oh it’s what you do to me, what you do to me.

During the m8 we recycle the chords and mix them up.

| G5 | A |
A thousand miles seems pretty far, but they’ve got planes and trains and cars,
| D5 D5/A | Bm Bm/A |
I’d walk to you if I had no other way.
| G5 | A |
Our friends would all make fun of us, and we’ll just laugh along because,
| D5 D5/C# | Bm Bm/A |
we know that none of them have felt this way.
| G5 | A |
Delilah, I can promise you, that by the time that we get through,
| Bm | Bm | A | A5 |
the world will never ever be the same, and you’re to blame.


Slash chords and bass lines

A big part of the vibe the progression creates lies within the bass line which is notated as slash chords.

Bm/A – This descending bass line moves us from Bm to G like this: Bm – Bm/AG
D5/A – This ascending bass line moves us from D to Bm, like this: D5 – D5/ABm
Bm/C# – This ascending bass line takes us from Bm to D, like this: Bm – Bm/C#D5


In the course

This is the first song we study in the intermediate acoustic course. It does seemingly contain barre chords, but you’ll soon discover how the CAGED system is not intended to be used as difficult to fret, full barre chord shapes.

The key is to visualize the full CAGED shapes, but only play fractions of them.

As this needs to be clarified, the first lesson in the course goes through this in detail, pointing out the advantage but also the potential problems with the system.

In the final step of learning Hey There Delilah, you’ll play a 2nd guitar part, all over the neck using the CAGED system as we play the song together with a singer.

Only by learning how to actually use the CAGED system like this, with a real song, can we progress with understanding music on the guitar and cracking the fretboard code.


Course preview (Guitar Lesson – Step 2)

In the first video above, starting at 3:43, you find a preview of Hey There Delilah’s guitar lesson, it’s the beginning of step 2’s guitar lesson.

In this lesson, we talk about all the chords from the key of D, followed by the verse and chorus parts for the song.

By using fractions of the CAGED shapes we get a compact and recognizable part.

Here’s the TAB for the verse of guitar 1, as demonstrated in the video lesson.


Let’s also take a look at the chorus, looks like this in TAB.


Hey There Delilah – Guitar Lessons

In this first series of lessons in the intermediate acoustic course, we learn how to play Hey There Delilah by Plain White T’s, finger-style.

We do this alongside learning about the CAGED system and how it helps us play all over the fretboard.

Go to Hey There Delilah guitar lessons.


Hey There Delilah – Lyrics

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.

Go to Hey There Delilah lyrics.


Plain White T’s – Biography

Plain White T’s is an American rock band that had great success with their song Hey There Delilah, charting at #1 in many countries in 2007.

Using a very persistent marketing technique, Hey There Delilah was pushed for over two years before it was finally #1.

Go to Plain White T’s biography.


Intermediate Acoustic – 16 Songs

Intermediate Acoustic Guitar Songs

You can learn how to play these 16 intermediate acoustic songs!

A Change Is Gonna Come, American Pie, Angie, Babylon, Blowin’ In The Wind, Dreadlock Holiday, Fast Car, Hey There Delilah, I Can’t Stand The Rain, I’m Yours, Kiss Me, Mad World, Red, Starman, Sunny Afternoon, and Whistle For The Choir.

Go to Intermediate Acoustic Songs.


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