Hey There Delilah

Hey There Delilah

Chords and fingerstyle arrangement

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Hey There Delilah chords and fingerstyle arrangement


‘Hey There Delilah’ is a single from one hit wonders Plain White T’s.
The song was pushed to get on the radio for over two years before it broke through. When it finally did it became a worldwide hit.

‘Hey There Delilah’ use extremely common chords, only the key and therefore chord shapes are rare.

In the video lessons, you’ll see how the song is played from beginning to end, including all the chords and the clever bass line.

Chord progression

‘Hey There Delilah’s verse chords contain I, III, VI, IV and V. The progression looks like this in the key of D:

| D | F#m | D | F#m |

| Bm Bm/A | G A | Bm | A |

The chorus is even simpler, just moving between I and VI.

| D D/A | Bm Bm/C# |

During the m8 we recycle the chords and mix them up, like this:

| G | A | D D/A | Bm Bm/A |

| G | A | D D/C# | Bm Bm/A |

| G | A | Bm | Bm | A | A |

Slash chords and bass lines

A big part of the vibe the progression create lies within the bass line, let’s take a look at all slash chords:

Bm/A – This descending bass line moves us from Bm to G like this: Bm – Bm/AG
D/A – This ascending bass line moves us from D to Bm, like this: D – D/ABm
Bm/C# – This ascending bass line takes us from Bm to D, like this: Bm – Bm/C#D

There are more details to look into when learning how to play ‘Hey There Delilah’, especially if you want to learn from the song. Discover all of them in the intermediate guitar course.

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Hey There Delilah – Lyrics

Hey There DelilahHey there Delilah what’s it like in New York City
I’m a thousand miles away
But girl tonight you look so pretty, yes you do
Times Square can’t shine as bright as you, I swear it’s true
Hey there Delilah don’t you worry about the distance

For complete lyrics, go to Hey There Delilah lyrics.

Plain White T’s – Biography

plain-white-ts-thumbPlain White T’s are an American rock band who had great success with their song ‘Hey There Delilah’, charting at #1 in many countries in 2007.

Using a very persistent marketing technique, ‘Hey There Delilah’ was pushed for over two years before it was finally #1.

To find out more, go to Plain White T’s biography.


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All those open position chords you learned in the beginner course now become barre chords and pentatonic scales.

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‘1234’, ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’. ‘American Pie’, ‘Angie’, ‘Babylon’, ‘Beautiful’, ‘Breakfast At Tiffany’s’, ‘Dreadlock Holiday’, ‘Empire State Of Mind’, ‘Fast Car’, ‘Hey There Delilah’, ‘I Can’t Stand The Rain’, ‘I’m Yours’, ‘Kiss Me’, ‘Last Request’, ‘Mad World’, ‘Red’, ‘The Scientist’, ‘Starman’, ‘Sunny Afternoon’, and ‘Whistle For The Choir’.

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