Attention, radio program directors. Please stop playing Hey There Delilah.
Attention, kids under age 20 (we’re assuming that the only demographic interested in this song). Please stop downloading Hey There Delilah.
Hey There Delilah sucks. It is nothing more than the ranting of a drunken frat pledge who picked up an acoustic guitar to play the two chords he knows.
Stumbling upon one earworm hook does not make a song.
Playing an acoustic guitar does not make you a sensitive guy.
A guy who can’t come up with any compliments other than “look pretty” and “it’s what you do me” is a guy who keeps repeating “Delilah” so he can remember your name when he wakes up in the morning.
If you want to hear understated guitar-based love songs, great. Check out some old Dire Straits. Or the Beatles. Then you’ll hear that these guys are way, way off.
So, radio programmers and kids, it’s time to demand better. Tell today’s musicians to learn how to sing. Learn to play guitar. Spend more than five minutes writing a song. Or you’re not going to shell out those 99 cents so he can “pay the bills with his guitar.” Unless he plans to sell it, which is a good idea.
Got it? Good. Sorry to dispense the tough love, but something simply has to be done.