i have to admit that the first time i heard the song "hey there delilah" on the radio it caught my ear
it was a catchy, underproduced ballad floating on a sea of overproduced crap, such as the enunciation-eschewing "beautiful girls" or britney's 'comeback' song (which managed to repeat the word 'gimme' 84 times over its four minute, eleven second length (twenty times per minute, or once every three seconds)
however as it climbed to the top of the charts it quickly began to grate
as i became famliar with the lyrics it started to sound more and more like a clingy, desperate post-collegiate virgin pining for a woman who had promised to wait for him but had long since moved on to drunken frat gang bangs, and i started switching the station when it would play
until i found out the story behind it -- a story that revealed it to be the most creepy stalker song since the police's 'i'll be watching you' (relevant portion of the wikipedia article
copied, mostly verbatim, for the anchorphobic):
The song, "Hey There Delilah" was inspired by Delilah DiCrescenzo, a Columbia University graduate and steeplechase runner training for the 2008 Olympic trials.
There was never a relationship between Tom Higgenson and DiCrescenzo, but Tom was inspired to write a song about her soon after they were introduced by a mutual friend:
"There was never anything between us. It was kind of funny — kind of sad, actually. The story of my life... I thought she was the most beautiful girl I had ever seen. I told her, 'I have a song about you already.' Obviously, there was no song. But I thought it was smooth..."
It took over a year for Tom to write the song. However, the real life Delilah, who wasn't interested in Tom because she was already in a relationship, was not sure how to deal with the pressure of having a song written about her:
"It was so beautifully written. There was pressure to live up to this ideal. I didn't know how to be polite but, you know, ditch him."
Delilah also says of the song,
"When I'm at the gym, it's playing; when I'm at the pool, it's playing. Part of me wants to scream at the top of my lungs that it's about me. Another part of me wants to cower and say it's not."
ever since learning that, the song has taken on a breath of fresh air and after having burnt itself off the top spot of the pop charts, i no longer switch stations when it comes on
the story is too great
tl;dr: so tqc, what's your favorite stalker song, and why?
and, if you were in delilah's shoes, would you be flattered or creeped out?