"Delilah" as written by Barry Mason and Les Reed....
I know that it's late and I really must leave you alone
But you're good to hold and I feel such a long way from home
Yes, I know that our love is still new
But I promise it's gonna be true
Please let me stay, don't you send me away, oh no no
Ah, tell me baby that you need me
Say you'll never leave me, love me tonight
Hold me now my heart is aching
And until the dawn is breaking, love me tonight
Something is burning inside
Something that can't be denied
I can't let you out of my sight darling, love me tonight

I've waited so long for the girl of my dreams to appear
And now I can't hardly believe that you really are here
Here in my arms you belong
How can this feeling be wrong
Darling be kind for I'm out of my mind over you
Ah, tell me baby that you need me
Say you'll never leave me, oh love me tonight
Baby now the pain is stronger
I can't wait a moment longer, love me tonight
Something is burning inside
Something that can't be denied
I can't let you out of my sight darling, love me tonight
Let me love you baby
Let me love you baby
Let me love you tonight
Love me tonight


Lyrics submitted by KungFuChica

"Delilah" as written by Daniele Pace Barry Mason

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General CommentBasically a song about stalking and murder. It's pretty clear from the lyrics that "Delilah" is the male character's "woman", that she cheats on him which he views from outside her home "I saw the flickering shadows of love on her blind" which drives the male into a jealous rage "....as she deceived me I watched & went out of my mind".

    The stalking aspect becomes more clear in the second verse "At break of day as that man drove away I was waiting"....clearly Delilah's new beau spent the night and the jealous boyfriend waited outside her home all night waiting to see him leave. After that comes the inevitable confrontation between the male character & Delilah, during which she taunts him "She stood there laughing..." and he reacts with violence "I felt the knife in my hand, and she laughed no more".

    Based around the unusual musical arrangement of a 2-2 time signature like a classic waltz, speed up considerably, with opening parts that imitate the background music for the shower stabbing scene in the movie "Psycho", this had to be one of the more different sounding songs on the pop charts in 1968 when it was released, also one of the darkest since it's dominating themes are infidelity, stalking, & murder.

    Jones has stated in interviews that when the single was first released he was booked on The Ed Sullivan Show, a huge coups at the time. Before they would let him sing the song however he had to change the lyric in the 2nd verse about the new man leaving the Delilah's home because it implied he spent the entire night there. According to Jones he questioned why it upset the censors that the cheating male spends the entire night at Deliliah's when it's OK for the original boyfriend to wait outside all night stalking Delilah, who clearly is portrayed as engaging some sort of sexual activity aka "flickering shadows of love on her blind", not too mention the whole stabbing her to death part, and basically got little answer except the other male character couldn't spend the entire night. Crazy as that sounds, in order to get a prime spot on the show Jones changed that random line to something llke "At break of day as the night went away I was waiting", which eliminated the other man from his overnight visit but still implies the stalking aspect.

    Even more odd, Jones was not asked to edit the song lyrics when he sang it on his own TV show a year later, although that was on a different network (Sullivan was on CBS, This Is Tom Jones was on ABC)
    FlairFan01on January 08, 2015   Link
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    My Interpretation"I saw the light on the night that I passed by her window
    I saw the flickering shadows of love on her blind"
    - he witnessed her infidelity
    "She was my woman
    As she deceived me I watched and went out of my mind"
    - They were together, the fact that he's talking in past tense is like he's re-telling the story, but it does sound like he's telling it to himself.
    “My, my, my, Delilah
    Why, why, why, Delilah
    I could see that girl was no good for me
    But I was lost like a slave that no man could free”
    - He’s placing the blame on her actions. It’s her fault that his hands are stained with her blood.
    “At break of day when that man drove away, I was waiting
    I cross the street to her house and she opened the door”
    - Simply, he waited for the lover to go away before he confronted her.
    “She stood there laughing
    I felt the knife in my hand and she laughed no more”
    - He obviously confronted her about the situation, she found it funny, or that is what he thought.

    “My, my, my Delilah
    Why, why, why Delilah
    So before they come to break down the door
    Forgive me Delilah I just couldn't take any more”
    - The second chorus explains much. He is apologising to her for what he’s done. The police are probably the ones which are going to break down the door and find him there. Also, the fact that he couldn’t take anymore also says that she has potentially done this before.
    museohon March 31, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningThe meaning is much less modern then you think.

    This song refers to the story of samson (shimshon) and delilah (dlila) from the hebrew bible in the book of judjes 16.

    Samson was given supernatural strength by god for all sort of things, the strength was in his hair. Delila seduced him
    adamfrlbhon October 04, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI am surprised that no women have commented that this song is about murder. The guy is jealous. He beleives that if he doesn't own the woman she should be dead. There could be an innocent explanation. Perhaps he imagined the shadows of love. Perhaps the other man was a relative - e.g. brother, son. Perhaps she was smiling, not laughing, because she was glad to see him. But he didn't give her a chance to explain. He just knifed her.
    cleanwillyon January 14, 2013   Link
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    General CommentGREAT song about infidelity and murder.

    He spied on her when he was suspicious of her cheating and he caught her and kept watching but when he left the next morning he went to the door and when she opened it, she laughed (maybe because he confronted her with what he saw?) and he stabbed her. Hence the lines, "She stood there laughing... I felt the knife in my hand and she laughed no more".

    So... yeah. He killed her. Either that or he just scared her or kidnapped her. Either way it was something criminal, otherwise, they'd have no need to come to break down the door.

    -=The Prynce
    theprynceon February 21, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI don't even know if Delilah was cheating on him.. he says "she *was* my woman"... maybe she dumped him, and he couldn't handle it.
    Or maybe he was just fantasizing about her, and they were never together at all. Since he apparently lives across the street from her, he might just be obsessed with the girl across the street, and eventually killed her...
    I don't really know.. theprynce's interpretation makes as much sense as mine does, this is just another option.
    Douggon November 28, 2006   Link
  • -1
    General Commenthaha bitchin song!
    kassichi88on February 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think it's pretty obvious that he kills Delilah, not himself. Hence the "So before they come to break down the door" line.
    inamouradaon June 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is great, it shows how a man is crushed because Delilah cheats on him. but what i cant work out, is when he says "I felt the nice in my hand and she laughed no more." did he kill himself, or delilah? :| "Forgive me Delilah, i just couldn't take it no more."
    tjfoxtroton January 05, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthe last lines, to me, say that he killed her, and then himself, out of guilt (forgive me delilah i just couldnt take anymore) and just not wanting to face punishment (so before they come to break down the door)
    mistermonsteron September 06, 2009   Link

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