I heard a fantastic tune today – Plain White T’s ‘Hey There Delilah’ taken from their 2005 album All That We Needed. For a minute, I thought they’d found a lost Paul McCartney song from the McCartney sessions.
The song sounds like the Beatles’ White Album (particularly ‘Blackbird’ and ‘Mother Nature’s Son’) and the aforementioned McCartney were influences. But it’s the lyrics which shine through for me; I’m a sucker for a love song that reveals insecurity and hope as opposed to just gushiness. In this tune, one gets the impression that the long distance relatioship being described is teetering on the brink of ending, and the narrator’s promises are not vows to his love so much as desparate attempts to convince himself that things will work out. I’m a sucker for the “unreliable narrator” in a story too.