“Delilah” is a dramatic and powerful song performed by Tom Jones, released in 1968. The song became one of his most famous hits and is well-known for its compelling narrative and Jones’s passionate vocal delivery.

About The Song

The lyrics of “Delilah” tell a tragic story of betrayal and revenge. The narrator discovers that his lover, Delilah, has been unfaithful. Consumed by jealousy and heartbreak, he confronts her and, in a fit of rage, takes her life. The song’s chorus captures the narrator’s lament and the intensity of his emotions as he reflects on the crime he has committed.

Musically, “Delilah” is characterized by its dramatic orchestration, featuring a combination of brass, strings, and a strong rhythmic section that builds tension and enhances the storytelling. Tom Jones’s powerful voice adds to the song’s emotional depth, delivering the tale with a sense of urgency and sorrow.

“Delilah” achieved significant commercial success, reaching high positions on the charts in several countries, including the UK, where it became a top 10 hit. The song remains a staple of Tom Jones’s live performances and is considered one of his signature songs. Its memorable melody and gripping storyline continue to resonate with audiences around the world.

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[Intro]

[Verse 1]
I saw the light on the night that I passed by her window
I saw the flickering shadow of love on her blind
She was my woman
As she deceived me I watched and went out of my mind

[Chorus]
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

[Verse 2]
At break of day when that man drove away I was waiting
I crossed the street to her house and she opened the door
She stood there laughing
I felt the knife in my hand and she laughed no more

[Chorus]
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 anymore
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[Instrumental]

[Bridge]
She stood there laughing
I felt the knife in my hand and she laughed no more

[Chorus]
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 anymore
Forgive me Delilah I just couldn’t take anymore