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 Lyrics as written by Amanda Palmer

Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

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  • +3
    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
  • +2
    General CommentI think its Amanda scolding a friendish person who very naive and rather desperate for love.
    errky39on May 07, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI also disagree with the prostitute thing. Delilah doesn't sound like a hooker to me. She sounds more naive, explaining why she "thinks she can change the world by opening her legs". Not because she gets paid to do it, but because she thinks it will make the person love her.
    lizzieluvs2playon May 12, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is probably my favourite off the new album. Personally, I don't imagine Delilah as hooker; more like a girl who just keeps on forgiving a partner who doesn't deserve her.
    DiscoSheilaon May 23, 2006   Link
  • +2
    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 04, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI don't think "porn of you" makes her a prostitute; it's a video Delilah and her boyfriend made probably.
    And I think she really does work in advertising--Amanda is saying that because of her job she should be able to tell her boyfriend is lying.
    mockingsmileon August 14, 2006   Link
  • +2
    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
  • +2
    General CommentI think is so effective, because of course this girl is a sort of "victim" in an extremely dysfunctional not to mention abusive relationship, but doesn't really want help. Amanda perfectly articulates the frustration anyone is certain to feel when trying to help an individual who knows her behavior is self destructive, acknowledges the fact they are putting themselves in a terrible place, and continues to be consumed with the consequences of that behavior . While one side of her (Amanda) is of course compelled to have compassion upon her friend, she also expresses her exasperation when at last she says "if you take him home then you get what you deserve." Not that I think she is saying her friend deserves to ever be beaten and not to say that phrase isn't also referring to what the abuser might say to his victim. However, I think what is so great about this song is that Amanda realizes she cannot rescue her friend and that, ultimately, Delilah is the one who must make the choice to save herself from the vicious cycle that is abuse and codependency. I also love the beginning: "There's no end to the love you can give/When you change your point of view to underfoot." As if to say Delilah can love every man because she will compromise herself for anyone. Disclaimer: I in no way think victims of abuse are to blame for the way they are treated. I simply think it wonderful the way Amanda inadvertently comments on the way young women must commit to ending their dysfunctional relationships because another human being isn't capable of saving them.
    elianeon April 02, 2007   Link
  • +2
    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
  • +1
    General Commenti definitely agree with everything thing that's been said, including that i dont' agree with the prostitute angle, which actually means that i dont' agree with everything... but anyway. i just also thought that i'd add that i LOVE these lines:

    And said, "Amanda, i'm in love"
    No you're not
    You're just a suck
    -er for the ones who use you

    because of the way she stops in the middle of the word sucker, so it adds to the point of this guy just using her for sex. amanda says two things at once. genius.
    the desperation in this song is heartbreaking, especially because, as someone mentioned earlier, i think we all know a delilah. if not ourselves, then a friend
    namelessnoelon January 01, 2007   Link

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