Last modified: 22 Sep 2010
Frequently Asked Questions about Delirious?'s music
Which CD is this song from?
There is a full list of all the albums released by Delirious?
in the Discography
Alternatively, you can find out which CDs a specific song
appears on by looking in the lyrics
section. At the bottom of the page for each song lyric is a list
of all the CDs the song appears on.
Where can I download MP3's of Delirious?
There are several web sites that now allow you to buy Delirious?
MP3s legally. The most popular is Apple's iTunes
In the past, Delirious? have made several of their songs available as free MP3 downloads
from their website. These downloads were only available for a limited time, and are no longer offered.
Where can I watch their videos?
The Delirious? DVD Archive:d
contains many of the Delirious? song videos. The official
Delirious? website also has several videos available to
watch online in the 'Living Room
Where can I read the lyrics to their songs?
The lyrics to every song written or released by Delirious?
can be found in the Lyrics
If you know the name of the song, try the Alphabetical
lyrics list. You can also view the lyrics by album in the Album
Where can I get guitar chords/tabs/sheet music?
Delirious? have released songbooks to accompany most of their
albums, containing sheet music for the songs. You can buy these
books from the Delirious.co.uk Shop
your local book store, or from websites such as
Various websites also contain chords and tabs to Delirious?
songs that have been worked out by other fans. Try
Where can I get Delirious? ringtones?
There are several websites which offer Delirious? ringtones
for your mobile (cell) phone. One site which offers legitimate
ringtones, with royalties paid to Delirious?, is
What is White Ribbon Day?
In 1997 Martin Smith wrote a song called White Ribbon Day
The song was released in the UK in February 1997 as the first
from the album King Of Fools
Many people have asked what the title of the song means.
The song is about the terrorist activities in Northern Ireland.
Martin wrote the song after watching a news item on TV about a
peace protest in Northern Ireland. All of the people protesting
for peace were wearing small white ribbons on their lapels as a
sign of peace.
The words of the song talk about praying for peace and asking
God to save the nation. "And we pray for peace, To flood our
hearts again, Only god can save our nation now"
these lyrics were written with Ireland in mind, they also seemed
appropriate after the terrorist attacks in the USA on 11th September
2001. A few days after that event, Delirious? made White Ribbon Day
available as a free download on their website, as a tribute to those
who lost their lives in the attacks.
What is the significance of August 30th?
On the album King Of Fools
there is a song titled August 30th
The significance of this title comes from the events of August 30th 1995,
when singer Martin Smith and bassist Jon Thatcher were caught up in a
near-fatal car accident whilst driving home from a concert late at night.
Jon was unhurt, but Martin spent several weeks recovering in hospital.
Whilst reflecting on how he had narrowly escaped death, Martin made a
decision to go full time as a musician. The rest of the band quickly followed
suit, and Delirious? was born.
In the 1997 song, August 30th, Martin sings "Thank you
for the chance to live again, I will run always for you"
is a clear reference to his recovery from the crash, and his decision
to dedicate this life to God through the band.
Why do they sing "She's as pretty as hell" in It's OK?
On the album Mezzamorphis
there is a song titled It's OK
which contains the line "She's as pretty as hell and her
eyes have no home"
. The use of the phrase pretty as hell
caused controversy in America, with Sparrow Records missing
the song off early promotional copies of the album and nearly
declining to put it on the finished album. The album was also
reportedly removed from the shelves of some Christian stores
in the USA because the word 'hell' is a highly sensitive subject
in many conservative Christian circles in America.
There is a general misunderstanding of what Delirious? intended
the phrase to mean. It is actually meant to express that the
girl is emotionally messed up and in deep trouble. The lyrics
were never intended to cause offence, as one reviewer explains:
"The line is a sad one and not an offensive one ? the irony
people are missing is that hell is not a pretty place, and the girl
who is 'pretty as hell' is really very empty and in need of love."
Due to the misunderstanding of that line, the band have often
had to explain what they were conveying in It's OK. In an
in the USA's
CCM Magazine in 1999 Martin says: "That song is about life and
pain and that you can't always be [all-triumphant]. It's back on the
album now, which we feel great about. It's an incredible song of healing,
and we hope people will be touched by it."
published on the band's official website in July 1999, Martin
addressed the issue again, saying: "The song It's OK caused
controversy because of the word hell in the lyric, and has been
pulled from several Christian stores in the U.S., despite the fact
it has touched many people profoundly. For us boys, this is a case of
'let's keep anything impure away from the church' when, in my opinion,
purity is all about bringing justice to a God-less society. I am
not ashamed in the least to talk openly about the fact that the boys
and I are all Christians and believe in all that Christ stood for.
It is no secret anyhow, as the whole music industry is every bit
aware of Delirious?, the "God squad". It is for us like a two-twine
chord, having a friendship with God and playing music inspired by that
friendship that makes it so powerful."
What is the song Summer Of Love about?
The song Summer of Love
first appeared as a b-side track on the DeEPer EP
single in 1997 and also appears on the d:Tour
live album. The song was written by Martin and Stu G after Stew Smith's wife
suffered a miscarriage during the 12th week of her pregnancy.
The words of the chorus, in particular, sum up how Stew was
feeling at the time: Summer of Love, so full of pain.
Summer of Love, was God to blame
the UK Cross Rhythms magazine in 1998 sees Stew Smith talking
about the song and its personal meaning to him. "There's so
much depth in it"
, he says. "We used to mess about
in the van at the beginning of 1997 and say, 'This is going
to be the summer of love' and as we got into the summer, the
miscarriage happened. At the end of the day, it was the summer
of love because God was involved in it all. But for me every
time we play it, I think about what happened... It really is
quite an emotional thing and it's a very passionate song as it
builds to the end, it has that sort of intensity which really
draws people in."
Read the article for more details.
What is the song American President about?
The song American President
appeared as a b-side track on the I Could Sing Of Your Love Forever
single in 2001. This somewhat unusual song was explained by
Martin Smith in an interview
in 2004. "It's just a bit of fun but I like the words"
he explains. "What does it mean? What do I know! It's a
story about a kid in England growing up and dreaming that
one day he's going to be President, which of course isn't
possible! It goes into a story about how he wants to be on
the cover of a magazine and marry someone and live in a white
house. So that's what it's about, a lot of fun to be honest."
What is the song Bicycle Gasoline about?
The song Bicycle Gasoline
appeared on the Audio Lessonover
album in 2001. This song has often confused people with its
strange lyrics: 'She don't need no bicycle gasoline, She
just needs her violets'
. Martin Smith explained the meaning
of the song in an interview
in 2006. "It was just a tiny little love song. Girls,
they don't want flowers all the time, they just need telling
that you love them and vice-versa. A bicycle doesn't need
gasoline and she doesn't need all that stuff really. She
doesn't need 'things', jewelery or dresses, she just needs
Where were the live CD/DVDs recorded?
The bands first live album, Live & In The Can
was recorded at various UK gigs between January and August
1996. The d:Tour Live
was recorded on the final night of the 'UK d:Tour 1997' at
the Southampton Guildhall on 8th November 1997.
was recorded during a number of different gigs in 2002. The majority
of the album was recorded during the 9 date US/Canada tour
in June 2002 (Canal Fulton, Plymouth, Indian Creek, Atlanta,
Grand Rapids, Toronto, Silversprings, Shirleysberg, Doswell).
Further vocals and crowd sounds were recorded at two UK shows
in September 2002 (London and Manchester) and several concerts
in South Africa in October 2002 (Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town).
The recordings from those gigs were mixed and matched together
to make the Access:d album, making it impossible to state which
specific gigs each song was recorded at, as many songs were taken
from multiple concerts.
Three live CD/DVDs were also released: Now Is The Time
(2006) was recorded live at Willow Creek Community Church, South Barrington near Chicago, Illinois, on 13th June 2006. My Soul Sings
(2009) was recorded live in Bogota, Colombia in September 2008. Farewell Show
(2010) was recorded live at Delirious' final ever concert, at London's Hammersmith Apollo on 29th November 2009.