The Plain White T’s will live on famously or infamously for years to come. Their 2005 hit “Hey There Delilah” topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2007 and grabbed them two Grammy Awards in 2008. Most massively popular songs of the mid-2000s came and went with the seasons. But not “Hey There Delilah”.
The Plain White T’s multi-generational bop sticks around thanks to the internet and a few raunchy, inappropriate memes that caught on like wildfire.
In an interview with Nylon, the Plain White T’s talked all manner of things Delilah and even revealed their favorite of the memes the song has spawned.
“It’s like [‘Hey There Delilah’] never went away. It’s still important to people and part of people’s lives,” frontman Tom Higgenson says. Through bouts of laughter, Higgenson, guitarist Tim Lopez, and drummer De’Mar Hamilton unanimously agreed that “Snapchat me them titties” is their favorite meme of the bunch.
What is this specific meme they’re referring to? Well, check it out below.
Hey there Delilah what’s it like in New York City I’m a thousand miles away but girl snapchat me them titties
— YUNG KAMI (@kungyami) August 18, 2016
The running theme of the “Hey There Delilah” jokes is to make a play on the lyrics as seen above. Check out some others below.
🎶 Hey there Delilah… a thousand miles seems pretty far but they’ve got planes and trains and cars 🎶
Guy That Just Waked 500 Miles and 500 More: they have what
— not brendan (@crocodilethumbs) December 15, 2019
what the FUCK is up Delilah? What the FUCK is it like in New York City? pic.twitter.com/eqldmi1xIh
— husky dave grohl (@saulmalone) June 25, 2019
hey there delilah what’s it like in new york city you own the grey honda accord right your lights are on
— 🤠 j (@cowboyenergy) January 6, 2020
There are also memes just generally poking fun at the song and everyone else.
Everybody a gangster until Hey There Delilah comes on
— Faizan 〆 (@Faizans_7) January 5, 2020
Hey There Delilah was released 13 years ago and she still hasn’t told us what it’s like in New York City
— EDM Vic Fuentes 〥 (@50gabesdarker) January 5, 2020
bad romance by lady gaga and hey there Delilah by the plain white tees were truly ahead of their time. pic.twitter.com/zrcBnRcNy4
— soemi (@soemo15) January 4, 2020
Other Things He Could Say 2 Delilah With That # Of Syllables:
1. hey there delilah, would you like to pet some kitties
2. hey there delilah, i think i have gingivitis
3. hey there delilah, did u know frogs have no head hair
4. hey there delilah, have you read the redwall series
— Minna 🔸 (@minnascule) January 2, 2020
wonder if the guy in my building who’s been playing hey there delilah on loop for 30 minutes is doing ok
— ren(aissa)nce woman (@nymphthys) December 31, 2019
It’s important to note that Delilah is, in fact, a real person. She was not and has never been in a relationship with Tom Higgenson. That love song we all learned on acoustic guitars to swoon our middle school crush was about a girl who had a boyfriend. Higgenson has come under some fire lately, especially after the rumor of a television show based on Delilah. Higgenson spoke about how he never intended to pressure Delilah or make her feel uncomfortable.
“She [Delilah] was playing along with it as much as I was,” he explained. “I was poking, hey, I’m going to write a song about you, blah blah blah. She was like, ‘Cool, where’s my song? Play me my song.’ So I don’t think there was anything creepy,” Higgenson says.”
“It was a bummer because she did have a boyfriend, so that’s almost why it was this innocent— like OK, there’s no pressure here, this is not anything besides like, man this girl is beautiful, and I want to write a song that she’ll like… You’re in love or you’re crushing, or there’s somebody that’s inspiring you, and that makes you grab the guitar and write a song… It was just literally me in my mom’s apartment writing a song about a girl.”
When asked about whether or not the real Delilah would feel comfortable with all of the raunchy meme jokes, Higgenson said he hopes not.
“I feel like she’s got to be disconnected a little bit from the joke at this point,” Higgenson said. “So many years and as big as it’s gotten, I think it’s definitely transcended… I would hope she’d have a good laugh at it, but who knows. Maybe I’ll ask her.”
What do you think of the Plain White T’s favorite meme? Sound off below!