Hey There Delilah Chords – Plain White T’s

Hey There Delilah Chords

Below you can find the Hey There Delilah Chords by the Plain White T’s. The song is written in the key of D Major at around 120BPM.

D  F#m  D  F#m
[Verse 1]
D                            F#m
Hey there Delilah, What’s it like in New York City? 
      D                               F#m
I’m a thousand miles away, But girl tonight you look so pretty, 
        Bm  G                 A                  Bm
Yes you do, Time Square can’t shine as bright as you, 
I swear it’s true. 
D                            F#m
Hey there Delilah, Don’t you worry about the distance, 
          D                                  F#m
I’m right there if you get lonely, Give this song another listen, 
           Bm    G            A                Bm
Close your eyes, Listen to my voice it’s my disguise, 
I’m by your side. 
D                      Bm  D                      Bm     A
Oh it’s what you do to me, Oh it’s what you do to me, 
D                      Bm  D                      Bm
Oh it’s what you do to me, Oh it’s what you do to me, 
What you do to me. 
[Verse 2]
D                         F#m
Hey there Delilah, I know times are getting hard, 
           D                                    F#m
But just believe me girl some day, I'll pay the bills with this guitar, 
              Bm    G              A               Bm
We'll have it good, We'll have the life we knew we would, 
My word is good. 
D                           F#m
Hey there Delilah, I’ve got so much left to say, 
         D                                 F#m
If every simple song I wrote to you, Would take your breath away,
             Bm   G            A                  Bm
I’d write it all, Even more in love with me you’d fall, 
We’d have it all. 
D                      Bm  D                      Bm    A
Oh it’s what you do to me, Oh it’s what you do to me, 
D                      Bm  D                      Bm    A
Oh it’s what you do to me, Oh it’s what you do to me, 
G                                      A
A thousand miles seems pretty far, But they’ve got planes and trains and cars, 
D                                 Bm
I’d walk to you if I had no other way 
G                                         A
Our friends would all make fun of us, And we'll just laugh along because, 
   D                                     Bm
We know that none of them have felt this way, 
G                               A
Delilah I can promise you, That by the time that we get through, 
    Bm                                               A
The world will never ever be the same, And you’re to blame. 
[Verse 3]
D                        F#m
Hey there Delilah you be good, And don’t you miss me, 
         D                                         F#m
Two more years and you’ll be done with school, And I'll be making history, 
       Bm  G                A              Bm
Like I do, You’ll know it's all because of you, 
G             A            Bm
We can do whatever we want to, 
G           A               Bm                  A
Hey there Delilah here's to you, This one’s for you. 
[Final Chorus]
D                      Bm  D                      Bm    A
Oh it’s what you do to me, Oh it’s what you do to me, 
D                      Bm  D                      Bm
Oh it’s what you do to me, Oh it’s what you do to me, 
What you do to me. 
   Bm   D    Bm    D    Bm   D    Bm   D D

About Hey There Delilah

When the Plain White T’s released Hey There Delilah in 2006, it overtook the music industry by a storm. In a time when Rihanna and Beyonce were starting to become more household names, a band from Lombard Illinois was writing platinum selling hits.

About the Hey There Delilah Chords

The chords themselves are simple and straightforward. Most, if not all of the chords, are simple triads. The voicing itself however has to be determined by the actual performer. Since ethics is a song on guitar, voicing are limited and thus easier to find. As far as we can tell, this particular song does not need a capo and can simply be played using all of the chords in the key of D Major.

What You Need To Know About Chords

As mentioned in lost of other chord chart pages and posts, chords AKA harmony, is one of the most important aspects of music. We recommend that if you’re not feeling comfortable playing harmony or chords yet, you focus on practicing them one at a time and that you memorize them in the same way you’d memorize vocabulary of a new language. In this case, harmony is in fact the vocabulary of music.

Bottom Line

Music is not that different. We always say, you have 3 main elements that you’ll find back in every song. If you master those three elements, you’ll be perfectly fine performing any song there is.

These three parts are rhythm, harmony and melody. It’s one thing to know your chords and harmony, but it’s another thing to know how to play those in the rhythm of the song. Most every song has a different combination between rhythm, harmony and melody. How couldn’t they? If they didn’t we’d be dealing with plagiarism. Therefor, know the chords themselves is not enough. You need to master the other 2 elements as well.


We always recommend that in every case – especially int he case of the Hey There Delilah Chords – you practice with the metronome. The metronome will help you stay in sync with time. Time is very important. I always say, people dance to rhythm, not harmony and melody. So while playing the correct chords is important, how you play those chords is even more important.


Ultimately, playing the correct chords in the correct way is not enough. It’s not enough for people to recognize a song. Sometimes it is, but you need to add the final touch, which in every song’s case is the melody. The melody is simply individual notes played with a specific rhythm. Here’s rhythm again.

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