Hey There Delilah Chords – Plain White T’s – Complete Guitar Lesson

In this lesson you will learn an easy way to play Hey There Delilah by Plain White T’s on guitar.

This song is one of the calmest acoustic guitar songs by the Plain White T’s. The great thing is this song is beginner friendly and requires only few basic chords to play.

In the whole song, the fun part is the strumming which has a swing feel to it. You are definitely going to love the strumming of this song.

Note – You can play this song without the capo by using the chords that I’ve mentioned below but to sound like the original song or to play along, make sure to clamp the capo on the second fret

Hey There Delilah Chords

So, the chords for this song are C major, E minor, A minor, F major, and G major. We are going to use these chords in different order throughout the song. Below you will find the diagrams of these five chords.

Hey There Delilah – Strumming Pattern

This song has only one strumming pattern and it looks like 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &, all downstrokes. Yes, playing all downstrokes will sound monotonous but to make it exciting try to accent the strokes. The whole strumming should sound like one and two and three and four and. I hope you got what I am trying to say.

If this sounds confusing then I suggest you tocheck out the video below. Mr. Kurt Berg has explained it really well. In fact, this lesson is inspired by him.

Hey There Delilah – Intro

Now that I am assuming you understood the strumming pattern, let’s look at the intro of the song.

Intro ChordsC Em C Em

Strumming Pattern1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & ( all down strokes )

For the intro, you just have to play one bar in C major using the strumming pattern mentioned above then shift to E minor and play one bar. You have to repeat it once more, that’s all. In total you have to play this pattern two times.

Now that you know the Chords, Strumming Pattern, and done with the intro, here is the Verse, Chorus, Bridge, and Outro of this song with lyrics.

Hey There Delilah – Verse

[C] Hey there Delilah
What’s it [Em] like in New York City?
I’m a [C] thousand miles away
But girl, [Em] tonight you look so pretty
Yes you [Am] do
[F] Times Square can’t [G] shine as bright as [Am] you
I swear it’s [G] true

[C] Hey there Delilah
Don’t you [Em] worry about the distance
I’m right [C] there if you get lonely
Give this [Em] song another listen
Close your [Am] eyes
[F] Listen to my [G] voice, it’s my [Am] disguise
I’m by your [G] side

Hey There Delilah – Chorus

[C] Oh it’s what you do to [Am] me
[C] Oh it’s what you do to [Am] me [G]
[C] Oh it’s what you do to [Am] me
[C] Oh it’s what you do to [Am] me
What you do to [C] me

Hey There Delilah – Verse

[C] Hey there Delilah
I know [Em] times are getting hard
But just [C] believe me, girl
Someday I’ll pay the [Em] bills with this guitar
We’ll have it [Am] good
[F] We’ll have the [G] life we knew we [Am] would
My word is [G] good

[C] Hey there Delilah
I’ve got [Em] so much left to say
If every [C] simple song I wrote to you
Would [Em] take your breath away
I’d write it [Am] all
[F] Even more in [G] love with me you’d [Am] fall
We’d have it [G] all

Hey There Delilah – Chorus

[C] Oh it’s what you do to [Am] me
[C] Oh it’s what you do to [Am] me [G]
[C] Oh it’s what you do to [Am] me
[C] Oh it’s what you do to [Am] me [G]

Hey There Delilah – Bridge

[F] A thousand miles seems pretty far
But [G] they’ve got planes and trains and cars
[C] I’d walk to you if I had no other [Am] way
[F] Our friends would all make fun of us
And [G] we’ll just laugh along because we [C] know
That none of them have felt this [Am] way
[F] Delilah I can promise you
That [G] by the time we get through
The [Am] world will never ever be the same
And you’re to [G] blame

Hey There Delilah – Verse

[C] Hey there Delilah
You be [Em] good and don’t you miss me
Two more [C] years and you’ll be done with school
And [Em] I’ll be making history like I [Am] do
[F] You’ll know it’s [G] all because of [Am] you
[F] We can do [G] whatever we want [Am] to
[F] Hey there [G] Delilah here’s to [Am] you
This one’s for [G] you

Hey There Delilah – Chorus

[C] Oh it’s what you do to [Am] me
[C] Oh it’s what you do to [Am] me [G]
[C] Oh it’s what you do to [Am] me
[C] Oh it’s what you do to [Am] me
What you do to [C] me