Thursday, August 02, 2007

Hey There Ladies

Layla had Eric Clapton on his knees. Kiss heard Beth calling. Tommy Tutone wanted to make sure that Jenny didn't lose his number, while Simon and Garfunkel lost their turn with Cecillia. Brandy was a fine girl, and Melissa was sweet, but the Ramones told us that Heidi is a Headcase.

Is there any subject better to write a song about then a woman? Weather it be one you love deeply, love from afar, love for just one night or no longer love, songs about Chicks are as enduring as music itself. I'm always interested to find out if the women in the song are real, fake or just an amalgam of a few other women given one name to make the writer sound like less of a dog.

So as the year has worn on and I have heard the Plain White T's song Hey There Delilah over and over again I began to wonder who Delilah was... if she even existed. Well she does. She is Delilah DiCrescenzo who at the time of the songs writing in 2004 was a student athlete at Columbia University. T's singer Tom Higgenson met her, and was so smitten with her that he told her he already had a song in mind for her. She, for her part, wanted nothing to do with him because she had A) a boyfriend B) Aspirations of competing in the 2008 Olympics C) An Ivy League education to fall back on D) No interest in some dude from a going nowhere band, at the time at least.

So Tom writes the song and no one hears it. Delilah goes on with her life, still working toward her dream of Steeplechase Gold in '08. Then after being out for 2 years the song becomes one of those inexplicable hits that was in the right place at the right time. Now she says she is torn when she hears the song "When I'm at the gym, it's playing; when I'm at the pool, it's playing. Part of me wants to scream at the top of my lungs that it's about me. Another part of me wants to cower and say it's not."

Still, it's pretty cool to have a song written about you. Plus, it's not like she's a model, movie star or other famous person. Her immortalization came about in the most unlikely of ways: as a normal person. She's pretty, but not the type of knockout gorgeous that moves guys to write a song about a chick who's tight, stretchy running outfit they never got into. I'm sure a Gold in Beijing will be more rewarding to look back on, but in 40 years it would be cool to be able to tell your grandkids that this tune was about you.


1 comment:

Greazy Tony said...

Some chickie at Florida State up and stole my idea!