"Delilah" as written by and Amanda Palmer....
There's no end to the love you can give
When you change your point of view to underfoot
Very good
You may be flat but you're breathing

And there's no doubt he's at home in his room
Probably watching porn of you from the fall
It's last call
And you're the last one leaving

And you thought you could change the world
By opening your legs
Well it isn't very hard
Try kicking them instead
And you thought you could change his mind
By changing your perfume to the kind his mother wore
O god Delilah why?
I never met a more impossible girl

In this same bar where you slammed down your hand
And said "Amanda, I'm in love"
No you're not
You're just a sucker for the ones who use you
And it doesn't matter what I say or do
The stupid bastard's gonna have his way with you

You're an unrescuable schizo
Or else you're on the rag
If you take him back
I'm gonna lose my nerve
I never met a more impossible girl
I never met a more impossible girl

At four o'clock he got off
And you called up
"I'm down at Denny's on route one
And you won't guess what he's done"
Is that a fact Delilah?
Larry tap let you in through the back
And use his calling card again
For a quick hand of gin

You are impossible, Delilah: the princess of denial
And after 7 years in advertising you are none the wiser

You're an unrescuable schizo
Or else you're on the rag
'Cause if you take him back
I'm gonna lose my nerve
He's gonna beat you like a pillow
You schizos never learn
And if you take him home
You'll get what you deserve

So don't cry Delilah
You're still alive Delilah
You need a ride Delilah?
Let's see how fast this thing can go

Lyrics submitted by Airyca

"Delilah" as written by Amanda Palmer

Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

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  • +2
    General CommentI love this song. Maybe I'm just imagining, but I get the impression Amanda is the same way about Delilah that Delilah is about her boyfriend--expecting her to come over to a realistic point of view, hoping against hope that she'll change. I imagine after Amanda gives her a ride she eventually goes back to him again.
    mockingsmileon May 28, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think its Amanda scolding a friendish person who very naive and rather desperate for love.
    errky39on May 07, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Do what? Rhyme?"

    Regarding the point of view/porn of view thing. Its more than just rhyming. Im sure there is some big important word that fits the definition that I am also unable to properly illustrate through words.

    There is some assonance and alliteration going on here, it makes you think you are hearing the same phrase twice if you arent paying attention.

    its not like someone is in awe that britney rhymed "I still believe" with "Still Believe!" they know what they are talking about, even if they cant get it out (like Im not doing here).

    But you know, be all elitest and snobby if it makes you feel better.
    SideshowJillon June 03, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI always kind of hated this song untill I really listen to it, and it's actually really brilliant. It is one of the most straightforward songs of the dolls, lyrically, but what makes it is the way Amanda sings it. I sort of get the idea that the narrator (Amanda) has finally convinced Delilah to leave this loser, but Delilah has started to doubt her friend, and want to go back to him again.

    I really thought "Let's see how fast this thing can go" was a reference to Thelma and Louise.
    Liquid-Spear-Waltzon September 04, 2006   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretationthe song is named delilah.
    delilah was samson's lover who cut his hair, and made him powerless.
    the song talks about an ambivalent person who doesn't know how she should act or treated.
    amanda portray's delilah as someone very innocent. it's from the innocenence that she gets her power.
    lure's the victims into her nest.
    "You're an unrescuable schizo" schizo - schizophrenic a person that has dual personalties. she doesn't know what she wants from herself, what she wants from him.
    "I never met a more impossible girl" it's completely difficult to maintain a relationship when the other person can't make his mind for the simplest fact for who she is.
    she longs to recieve pain and pleasure from the person. she loves. but it's that mix, that draws all the wrong people to her.
    i assume it's the song is from a personal view.
    very nice.
    tentacleson May 08, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis is a really sad song. It’s the end of the road for Delilah and Amanda knows it. She sounds so sad.
    The lyrics ‘ it’s last call and you’re the last one leaving
    and you thought you could change the world’ show that Delilah has been left behind by her friends who have all moved on and she’s stuck in a time warp in her home town with her knobhead sexed up charming abusive boyfriend

    Delilah has no self esteem left. I wonder if she came from an abusive background and now seeks love from the wrong kind of men.
    I imagine she’s attractive and trys to use this to attract men..it’s just sex they want..but she needs love.
    Amanda is a very loyal friend but her hearts broken because she knows there’s nothing she can do.

    He must cheat with so many girls and Delilah always calls Amanda up tearful to say things like the following line shows this ‘you called up I’m down at denny’s on route one
    you won’t guess what he’s done
    is that a fact Delilah’

    She’s completely deluded and can’t see the tragic ‘fairytale’ she’s in.
    Delilah please don’t do it
    neonwrenon June 16, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"you're an unrescuable schizo/or else you're on the rag"

    This doesn't have to be literal. I think it's just an intense way of saying Delilah probably says all the time that she's leaving him, and she's done with this guy who treats her like shit, and then she goes back to him. She's probably all over the place emotionally, she's acting crazy. It doesn't have to mean she is literally mentally ill.

    I've recently come to realize I am a Delilah ( :/ ) in my current relationship/ex relationship type thing, and I my roommate absolutely HATES the guy because of how he treats me. My roommates name is Amanda, and I swear to God, we've had this conversation a million times:

    "At the same bar, where you slammed down your hand
    and said "Amanda, I'm in love"
    No, you're not, you're just a sucker for the ones who use you
    and it doesn't matter what I say or do
    The stupid bastard's gonna have his way with you"

    It's chilling, honestly. Seeing the other side of a bad relationship.

    Also, regarding literally terms, "He's gonna beat you like a pillow", may very well be a metaphor, he is beating Delilah down emotionally with the way he is treating her. "And if you take him home-- you get what you deserve."
    Damn. What an intense song.
    heatherstaion June 06, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this song also talks about taking control, instead of just passively taking things as they happen...but still saying thats no gaurantee its gonna work out...
    beautiful song..
    love how she's still there for delilah at the end...kinda almost picture thelma and louise driving off :p
    "let's see how fast this thing can go"
    anthraxMonkeyon March 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI only just noticed the "point of view"/ "porn of you" thing, I love when lyricists do that.
    destroyalltacoson April 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLove this song!! It is my favorite by far on the CD. Maybe it is just because I am a huge pansy but this song made me cry. Before you draw your judgments let me explain... This is my last year in high school and everything is going great except one of my best friends. She is madly in love with a loser. The whole school hates him because he is mean and skuzzy. With in a week of knowing him she lost her virginity to him to make him love her. “And you thought you could change the world. By opening your legs" Now four months into the relationship she is being both mentally and physically abused by him “And it doesn't matter what I say or do. The stupid bastard's gonna have his way with you” I feel so helpless because we no longer talk and she hates me because we argued about him and how he treats her. I wish there was a way to tell her that I am still there for her.
    Tater_Toton May 01, 2006   Link

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