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Posted: 24 Aug 08, 09:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Why do a lot of people seem to hate Delilah...i mean on balance it's not a crap song like some people say, they specifically pick this one out!! I mean his voice sounds tired on it, but powerful and if i could sing like he does on that songs i'd be so happy!


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Posted: 24 Aug 08, 09:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It's not such a bad song, but it's... almost embarrasing.


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Posted: 24 Aug 08, 09:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Its the only weak track on a brilliant album.


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Posted: 24 Aug 08, 10:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Brett5150 wrote:

Its the only weak track on a brilliant album.
Agreed.


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Posted: 24 Aug 08, 11:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I don't hate it but it's a silly song and sounds like something that should be on kid's album.

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Posted: 24 Aug 08, 13:08 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote


"I cant live with you" is also veeery weak...

Sounds like a demo compared to the rest of the album.




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Posted: 25 Aug 08, 00:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I never hated Delilah! I like it :D


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Posted: 25 Aug 08, 04:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think Delilah's brilliant.

My least favorite on the album is I Can't Live With You, and I don't *hate* it.





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Posted: 25 Aug 08, 04:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

anyone who has a cat should also have Freddie's voice to sing about her. anyone who has a cat will understand. cheers


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Posted: 25 Aug 08, 04:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I can't live with you is a pretty good tune, and delilah Is decent enough, But headlong has become one of my least favorites on Innuendo. It's such an ordinary rock song with no real punch.

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Posted: 25 Aug 08, 04:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

mike hunt wrote:

I can't live with you is a pretty good tune, and delilah Is decent enough, But headlong has become one of my least favorites on Innuendo. It's such an ordinary rock song with no real punch.


Yeah, but it's an important tune, in that it's one that comes in handy when converting new Queen fans. It's basic, non-threatening, and appeals to the IQ under 90 crowd.


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Posted: 25 Aug 08, 07:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think you should see Delilah in another perspective. A man dying of Aids is singing about his cat still giving him a smile on his face. I think it has been written in the same mood as 'A Winters Tale'.
It shows Freddie doesn't take himself so serious and it is a light moment on a quite heavy album. It is a nice breath of air after listening those heavy songs like Innuendo, Headlong, Ride the Wild Wind and emotional heavy ones like Don't Try So Hard and These are the Days.

This track makes you ready for the finale with heavy songs as The Hitman and The Show Must Go On. I think it fits and I understand why the track appears on Innuendo.


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Posted: 25 Aug 08, 08:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

sunshine__123456 wrote:

I think you should see Delilah in another perspective. A man dying of Aids is singing about his cat still giving him a smile on his face. I think it has been written in the same mood as 'A Winters Tale'.
It shows Freddie doesn't take himself so serious and it is a light moment on a quite heavy album. It is a nice breath of air after listening those heavy songs like Innuendo, Headlong, Ride the Wild Wind and emotional heavy ones like Don't Try So Hard and These are the Days.

This track makes you ready for the finale with heavy songs as The Hitman and The Show Must Go On. I think it fits and I understand why the track appears on Innuendo.


I agree on the whole. Its a daft song, by a guy who was still able to be daft despite his world being a fairly dark place at the time!
A good portion of songs Queen recorded featured this silliness and tongue in cheek; this is no different.
It might not ever make a 100 greatest ever songs list, but if you understand the context and dont take it seriously, its great!

Plus it has Brian May making cat sounds with his guitar - where else can you get that! :D

p.s. Having owned Rocks before Innuendo, I prefer the Rocks Retake of I Cant Live With You. I dont think its a bad song on Innuendo, just lacking in execution slightly!


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Posted: 25 Aug 08, 08:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Brett5150 wrote:

Its the only weak track on a brilliant album.


Worse than Hitman? I can't help singing along to it but yeah, the lyrics let it down and the meeow? Ouch. Nice guitar work though.

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Posted: 25 Aug 08, 14:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Delilah is a great song. It's the eccentric bit of "Innuendo" along with 'I'm Going Slightly Mad'


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Posted: 25 Aug 08, 15:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yea its not one of there best but I'm pretty sure its just a light hearted little number in some of the saddest periods in all four of the guys lives. Any song that has 3 grown men, never mind respected rock stars and song writers singing "meeoow" in triumphant unison is not supposed to be taken seriously

In short its not one I listen to often myself but its too humourous for me to consider it to be crap.

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Posted: 25 Aug 08, 16:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The song would have fit perfectly on a solo album of Freddie. Maybe that is what also would have happened if they did not have to rush so much from 1989 to 1991 because of Freddies illness? I'm going slightly mad would have been on his solo album too.


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Posted: 25 Aug 08, 16:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

sunshine__123456 wrote:

I think you should see Delilah in another perspective. A man dying of Aids is singing about his cat still giving him a smile on his face. I think it has been written in the same mood as 'A Winters Tale'.
It shows Freddie doesn't take himself so serious and it is a light moment on a quite heavy album. It is a nice breath of air after listening those heavy songs like Innuendo, Headlong, Ride the Wild Wind and emotional heavy ones like Don't Try So Hard and These are the Days.

This track makes you ready for the finale with heavy songs as The Hitman and The Show Must Go On. I think it fits and I understand why the track appears on Innuendo.


wow! I never thought of it that way!
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Posted: 25 Aug 08, 22:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I hated "Delilah" before, but know it's GREAT, and it has been for a couple of years now...

It's my favorite on Innuendo, along with Slightly Mad and Don't Try So Hard.




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Posted: 26 Aug 08, 08:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The only reason that Delilah is on Innuendo is that Freddie was near death