Hey There Delilah chords by Plain White T’s


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Hey There Delilah | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

||: D5 | F#m :||

Verse 1

| 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.

Verse 2

| D5 | F#m |
Hey there Delilah don’t you worry about the distance.
| D5 | F#m | Bm Bm/A |
I’m right there if you get lonely give this song another listen, close your eyes.
| G A | Bm | A A5 |
Listen to my voice it’s my disguise, I’m by your side.

Chorus 1

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

Verse 3

| D5 | F#m |
Hey there Delilah I know times are getting hard.
| D5 | F#m | Bm Bm/A |
But just believe me girl someday I’ll pay the bills with this guitar, we’ll have it good.
| G A | Bm | A A5 |
We’ll have the life we knew we would, my word is good.

Verse 4

| D5 | F#m |
Hey there, Delilah, I’ve got so much left to say,
| D5 | F#m | Bm Bm/A |
if every simple song I wrote to you, would take your breath away, I’d write it all.
| G A | Bm | A A5 |
Even more in love with me you’d fall, we’d have it all.

Chorus 2

| 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/A |
Oh, it’s what you do to me, oh it’s what you do to me.

Middle 8

| 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.

Verse 5

| D5 | F#m |
Hey there Delilah you be good and don’t you miss me.
| D5 | F#m | Bm Bm/A |
Two more years and you’ll be done with school, and I’ll be making history like I do.
| G A | Bm Bm/A | G A | Bm Bm/A |
You’ll know it’s all because of you, we can do whatever we want to.
| G A | Bm | A | A5 |
Hey there Delilah here’s to you, this one’s for you.

Chorus 3

| 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# |
Oh, it’s what you do to me, oh it’s what you do to me, what you do to me.

Outro

||: D5 D5/A | Bm Bm/C# :|| x4
Oh, oh, oh…
| D5 D5/A | D |


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Hey There Delilah Chords: Learn the progressions


Hey There Delilah 8 step by step guitar lessons

Plain White T’s monster hit Hey There Delilah starts with chords I – III (#8 on my top 10 chord progression list), followed by chord VI.

A bass line then takes us to chords IV – V – VI before we finally finish on chord V, like this:

| D5 (I) | F#m (III) | D5 (I) | F#m (III) | Bm (VI) Bm /A |
| G (IV) A (V) | Bm (VI) | A (V) A5 |

What makes this sound good is how Tom Higgenson is picking these chords using very compact chord shapes. Here’s TAB for how he does it (play along with the loop above for best results).

The chorus moves between chords I (D) and VI (Bm) with the help of a bass line, like this:

| D5 (I) D5/A | Bm (VI) Bm/C# | D5 (I) D5/A | Bm (VI) Bm/C# |

Members get TAB and a play-along loop for this section too, making it very easy to learn.

During the middle 8, we recycle Hey There Delilah’s chords, like this:

| G5 (IV) | A (V) | D5 (I) D5/A | Bm (VI) Bm/A |

Again, members get TAB and loops to learn this perfectly.

In the course, there are 8 guitar lessons discussing how to play all parts of Hey There Delilah, as well as how to create a couple of 2nd guitar parts. We even use the CAGED system to improvise a part.

At the top of this page, you can find four videos of me playing this with a singer so you can check out the final result already now.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson series: Hey There Delilah – Guitar Lessons with TAB.



Hey There Delilah was one of 2007’s biggest tunes!

Plain White T’s is an American pop/rock band who had the most success with their song Hey There Delilah, charting at #1 in many countries during 2007.

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

In the end, the song ended up carrying the promotion of two albums on its shoulders. First, on the album All That We Needed (2005), then re-released on Every Second Counts (2006).

The latter recording had a string section added to the one acoustic guitar arrangement. It is this version that achieved daily radio play in most countries in the world for a few months in 2007.

Nominated for Song of the Year at the 2008 Grammy Awards, Hey There Delilah only lost out to Amy Winehouse who won it with Rehab. Ironically she couldn’t attend as she was in Rehab!

Time magazine decided that it should be at #7 on their list of songs of 2007. They added that “the concept of an aching guy reaching out to a distant girl felt fresh”.



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Intermediate Acoustic

There are many more Intermediate Acoustic Songs with similar chords to Hey There Delilah.

Most intermediate acoustic tunes can’t be played using just basic open-position chords. We have to move up the fretboard and play CAGED barre chords as well.

We incorporate bass lines, add licks, extend chords, and play vocal melodies. Most importantly, we’ll invent second guitar parts and play these songs together.


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Plain White T's wrote Hey There Delilah's chords.

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.


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