So you can imagine our absolute delight upon hearing that the song is now, 12 years after the fact, being turned into a "scripted romantic dramedy" about a songwriter who falls in love with a university student and "pledges to write a song for the young woman ... [a] promise [that] changes their lives in unexpected ways." In other words, it's How I Met Your Mother, but with an interminable, one-song soundtrack.
As much as we wish this song didn't exist, our pain probably pales in comparison to that of Delilah DiCrescenzo -- who in 2002 was studying at Columbia. She met Tom Higgenson, the future frontman for the Plain White T's, at a party, where he -- thinking "she was the most beautiful girl I had ever seen" -- attempted to woo her by saying that he was going to write her a song. The fact that DiCrescenzo already had a boyfriend didn't stop Higgenson, who subsequently went on to write this verse about a woman with whom, as he later admitted, he had no romantic connection:
Hey there, Delilah,
Don't you worry about the distance,
I'm right there if you get lonely,
Give this song another listen,
Close your eyes,
Listen to my voice, it's my disguise,
I'm by your side.
If you want to know what DiCrescenzo thought of the song, which went on to sell more than 4 million copies in the U.S. alone, check out this interview in which she described hearing it for the first time: