Thursday, September 10, 2020

Quintessential Radio: Delia, Oh, Delia

Quincy, Illinois

Annnndd, we’re back.  I’m Jimmy on WGEM with Dr. Bill chewing the fat with Joliet Federal Penitentiary inmate, J.C. Today is “why did you murder someone?”

Dr. Bill…Greetings one and all. We have J.C. to tell us about Delia. (Clears throat). Okay, Johnny boy, tell us why and how you killed Delia.

J.C…Delia, oh Delia. Delia, all my life. If I hadn’t shot poor Delia, I’d have had her for my wife…(loud sniffing). Delia’s gone, one more round, Delia’s gone.

Dr. Bill…Darn straight confession here, Johnny. What brought you here? Why kill Delia? (dim chuckling into the mic). Big time loser, here Jimmy, commercial time. Bring me a beer?

J.C…Well, I went up to Memphis and met Delia there. Found her in her parlor, tied her in her chair. Now, Delia’s gone. (Nose blowing). One more time, Delia’s gone.

Dr. Bill…Hey, now. Why in hell would you kill someone like Delia? I mean, are you such a lowlife you’d do this? Okay, Jimmy. Make that two beers.

J.C…Well, Delia was low down and trifling and she was cold and mean. That kind of evil make me want to grab my submachine. (amused laugh).

Dr. Bill… A submachine gun? Good grief, man.  Nothing else would take her down?  Soooo, then what happened?  Jimmy, are you recording this?

J.C… First time I shot her, I shot her in the side. (Chuckling and profanity)

Dr. Bill… Jimmy? Look this guy’s name up, okay? In her side? Not a kill shot, Johnny boy. Why not? In fact, that was sadistic. Man, that was just plain cold.

J.C…Hard to watch her suffer, but with the second shot, she died. (Sound of toilet flush. A string of obscenities.)

Dr. Bill… Okay, now. Johnny boy, your lack of remorse is amazing. You killed her, man!  What bothers you about any of her murder? Jimmy, once J.C. is done here, we gotta hit our favorite burger and beer joint.

J.CJailer, oh, jailer. (Who’s up for some weightlifting?) I can’t sleep ‘cause all around my bedside I hear the patter of Delia’s feet. Delia’s gone, on more time.

Dr. Bill… Okay, J.C. let’s wrap this up. So what’re your final words of advice to all those innocent inmates?

J.C… So, if your woman’s devilish you can let her run. Or you can bring her down and do her like Delia got done. Delia’s gone, one more round, Delia’s gone. (Guard, guard! Get me outta here.)

Dr. Bill… Well there you have it folks. Know anyone on lifetime vacations? Heavy swearing. Delia, oh, Delia. How did you get hooked up with one cold hearted bastard?


  1. It's all about context, isn't it?

  2. Great interview - and not a song I knew.

    1. Me, neither. We love Johnny Cash and couldn't believe we had never heard it before.

  3. Johnny Cash is a favorite, and your interview well done.

    1. Thanks. I have done two other interviews, Elvis and Sinatra. Those were fun.

  4. I was waiting for the punch line, and laughing all the way through it. I'd heard the song, but I obviously didn't pay enough attention to the words before.

    1. I was surprised by this song. I laughed the first time I heard it.

  5. Did not like this song. He recorded so many better ones. Man in Black. A boy named Sue written by Shel Silverstein. Ring of Fire and so on. Great singer.

    God bless.

    1. Johnny Cash is one of my favorite voices. The Highwaymen, (with Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, and Waylon Jennings) have done some great songs.

  6. I didn't know the song so had no idea what you were writing about! Not one of Cash's best songs, although I've never been a big fan of his music.

    1. Cash performs dif genre of songs. One of my favorite of his songs is from Nine Inch Nails, "Hurt". Probably it is his best before he died shortly after.

  7. I'd not paid a lot of attention to the lyrics before.

    1. I don't think it is a song that Cash made and it never went anywhere.

  8. This has long been one of my favorites from Johnny Cash. He had a delicious dark side.

  9. "I've been everywhere" and "One piece at a time" are the funniest.

  10. Interesting - in checking the backstory for this song it was apparently inspired by the murder of a 14 year old African-American girl in Savannah in 1900, and that this story has appeared in various songs and tales. Johnny Cash has done better, I think - I found the song and video so creepy myself, but thank you for introducing me to this piece of history. Alana

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