We might kiss when we are alone
When nobody's watching
We might take it home
We might make out when nobody's there
It's not that we're scared
It's just that it's delicate

So why do you fill my sorrow
With the words you've borrowed
From the only place you've know
And why do you sing Hallelujah
If it means nothing to you
Why do you sing with me at all?

We might live like never before
When there's nothing to give
Well how can we ask for more
We might make love in some sacred place
The look on your face is delicate

So why do you fill my sorrow
With the words you've borrowed
From the only place you've know
And why do you sing Hallelujah
If it means nothing to you
Why do you sing with me at all?

So why do you fill my sorrow
With the words you've borrowed
From the only place you've know
And why do you sing Hallelujah
If it means nothing to you
Why do you sing with me at all?



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"Delicate" as written by Damien George Rice

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  • +6
    My Interpretation:


    We might kiss when we are alone | Implies secrecy.
    When nobody's watching | Confirms the discretion.
    We might take it home | ----We can be private.
    We might make out when nobody's there | No need to worry, because we're alone in private.
    It's not that we're scared | Theres nothing to fear on both our parts.
    It's just that it's delicate | Perhaps this is forbidden love? I concur with it being a secret love affair.


    We might live like never before | Have moments that are remarkable.
    When there's nothing to give | There is no foundation to build a relationship?
    Well how can we ask for more | So how can we work this out?
    We might make love in some sacred place | Making love.
    The look on your face is delicate | parallels here the word "delicate" to her beauty while making love.

    So why do you fill my sorrow | Why did you engage in this love affair?
    With the words you've borrowed | Words like I LOVE YOU
    From the only place you've known | What did these words mean to you?
    And why do you sing Hallelujah | Why did you tell me you love me?
    If it means nothing to you | If you didn't mean it
    Why do you sing with me at all? | Heartbreak!



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    RayLorenon September 21, 2011   Link
  • +4
    General Comment:While it would make sense to interpret this song as being about an affair, and it probably is, I have my own meaning for it. I like to think of it as about a doomed love between two people. I have a little expereince in that department. There was a time that I was in a very loving relationship, we were perfect for each other, but this girl happened to be planning on moving across the country because she wasn't happy with parts of her life. So basically, why would she keep expressing her love and all that when we both know that we were going to be torn apart. If she really felt that way, how could she be able to accept the fact that she'd never see me again when she left? So yeah, why would you say hallelujah, if it meant nothing to ya. Fuck if I know.
    AngelDust20on February 03, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General Comment:for me, delicate is a song about a "confusing" relationship between two persons.. probably a secret "love" between friends.. it came to a point that they no longer know what is really goin on between the two of them, and along the way there were expectations and sooner these expectations were not met.. "why'd you sing hallelujah if it means nothing to you.." and so creates tension... "why'd you sing with me at all?.."

    this song is really excellent, by the way.. and with everything i've written above.. i can truly say that i can relate to this song. =)
    ju_kornholioon May 30, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:I really think this song is about an affair. But, its an affair that is denying being a "love affair". He is saying in the chorus, "If it really didn't mean anything more than just being physical, then why did you keep going? Why did you make it something special?" When he asks "Why'd you sing with me at all" he's asking, why the heck would you start this thing if you didn't LOVE me.

    I think being in an affair would cause you to either totally bring up the L-word or totally deny it. This song is representing the latter. And you know, I think he's also saying, all of the physical stuff doesn't matter. So what that they make out and kiss in private.. he'd rather be assured of love or commitment.
    dontstopon May 26, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:I can relate to this because I had a friend who I was seeing in private..and I swear this song was written about us. It wasn't that we were embarrassed or anything..it was just complicated (or delicate) and it was our business - no one else needed to know. except it got to a point where I began to question what was really going on because my feelings were real but it was as if we were creating this other world behind closed doors where we could be together and as soon as we left that place his feelings were shut off(even tho he assured me that wasn't the case), but it wasn't so easy for me. "So why do you fill my sorrow With the words you've borrowed" its almost as if they are using lines on you..like a sleazy guy chatting you up complimenting you just to get you into bed "And why do you sing Hallelujah If it means nothing to you Why do you sing with me at all?" why are you preaching things to me you dont even believe in..saying one thing yet telling me something else with your actions - so if this is true then why are you still keeping me hanging?
    I think its brilliant the way he can tell a story thru the lyric that so many people can relate to yet its still deep, doesn't have the gloss of most music around these days which is a dead give away its just words telling a story with no personal meaning..sure that music sells, but give me meaningful music any day. I actually stumbled across damien by accident..best mistake i ever made.
    kastinaballerinaon December 22, 2004   Link
  • +2
    My Interpretation:They once had a special, intense love that no one else could possibly understand. Due to life's circumstances, they separated but later were drawn back to each other again. They aren't scared, it's just that it's a tragic love that deep inside they both know has nowhere left to go. Yet although they know this, one of them really wants to believe that maybe this time it will be different. Against all better judgement they live in that fleeting moment really loving each other and making love in a place that is sacred and special to only them. But reality steps back in and they have to part. The person who attempted to lie to themselves and believe it could be different this time around is yes, almost yelling and blaming the other for making them believe it could work. But by the end of the song and he is really alone with his thoughts, he knows that he can only blame himself for getting his hopes up. It's just a tragic situation and they both loved the best they could but now it's really over.
    kaseynuon February 01, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:i think that is one possible interpretation, BlackEyedAngels :D To me it speaks of the inimate relationship between God and humanity portrayed, quite excellently, as a love affair.

    It speaks of apprehension:

    "We might make out when nobody's there
    It's not that we're scared
    It's just that it's delicate"

    and it could be said that God is questioning the desire to be secret lovers:

    "And why do you sing Hallelujah
    If it means nothing to you
    Why do you sing with me at all?"

    Maybe I'm just reading into this too much. :S But this is how it speaks to me.
    redhotmoonon May 04, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:i think this song is about a friends with benefits situation gone wrong. somebody started to have feelings which as everyone knows is the #1 rule in these kinds of things. they only makeout when nobody's there...and they don't really let anybody know about what they're doing because it's nobody else's business. but then somebody started to feel taken advantage of in the relationship and feels as if s/he is being used by the other person...which s/he is...so why'd you sing with me at all if you knew that you were never going to have feelings for me? question of my life
    yeahyouknowmeon December 06, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Just because this song has the word Hallelujah in it doesn't automatically mean it has to do with God or CHristians. It's the symbolism of the word hallelujah. Definition: used to express praise, joy, or thanks

    See? Why'd you say thanks halfheartedly? Why were you with me at all?
    ryter221on March 25, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I think the whole hallelujah/singing thing is supposed to be an orgasm
    Noodles15on March 25, 2005   Link

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