Stephanie Delk

Stephanie Delk

BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

Patty Griffin heartbreak lyrics paired with soaring vocals, a little bit folk, a little bit rock and roll.

Biography

Delk’s career began early, with impromptu concerts offered in the shower during childhood. Not far from there, it was a journey to the east coast and a Bachelor of Music degree earned at the esteemed Berklee College of Music. There, she picked up a guitar and traveled the range of styles from jazz to country until she found the voice you’ll hear pouring from her onstage today in folk/rock waves of intelligence and heartbreak.

With influences found in Patty Griffin, Jonatha Brooke and other strong, lyrically intense and harmonically simple artists, her songwriting and full bodied voice have grown into a style all her own. Delk has appeared on numerous recordings as both lead and background vocalist, has toured with cover bands and pop stars, and currently spends her time in the studio and touring Austin, Texas, which she now calls home.

In 2008, Delk released, “Burning Bright” a 5 track EP of her original works that paints a portrait of the artist evolving. From the relentlessly catchy opening track “Stay” to the bittersweet singsong of “Peter Pan” Delk’s lyricism and sense of melody has developed into a tap-your-toes, hum-along engine. The EP leaves listeners on the sweet and simple note of “Coffee and Conversation,” where Delk sings, “I may be seeing you for the first and the last time.” Meeting Delk through the sonically stellar and lyrically poignant “Burning Bright” for the first time, you’ll be thrilled – and it definitely won’t be your last.

Lyrics

Simple & Plain

Written By: Stephanie Delk

8 miles from the old school to the house and back
and that used to be the movies, till the screen went black
THat's our favorite restaurant
and where we get ice cream before dark

its not the words its how you say em'
I love you like a little town, Simple and Plain

Most of main street's been closed down
and all the kids want to move to a bigger town
you were 17 when you got out
and I think I understand you now

its not the words its how you say em'
I love you like a little town, Simple and Plain

You never know what you needed, until it comes around
never know who you're missin until they are found
and you never really know someone till you sleep in their hometown

and I love you like you love the rain
I love you like sleeping in on Saturday
and I love you like taking the Loooooooong scenic way
and I love you like a little town...
I love you like a little town
I love you love you love you like a little town... Simple and Plain

Sign My Letters Love

Written By: Stephanie Delk

He says I deserve it
But what have I done
He says I’m worth it
But still I run

Cause I don’t want to fall to fast
Cause if I do I won’t survive the crash
And if he says the words, he’ll call my bluff
Cause I’m too afraid to sign my letters love

He said I’m amazing
But I don’t know.
He called me beautiful
So I had to go

Cause I don’t want to fall to fast\
Cause if I do I won’t survive the crash
And if he says the words, he’ll call my bluff
Cause I’m too afraid to sign my letters love

I ‘ve been let down
I’ve been left out standing in a crowd
I’ve been forgotten
Too many fingers and toes
To bother to count
And he says what about me? What about now…
Well I’ve got my doubts.

Cause I don’t want to fall to fast\
Cause if I do I won’t survive the crash
And if he says the words, he’ll call my bluff
Cause I’m too afraid to sign my letters love

Hardcore Fan

Written By: Stephanie Delk

I used to stand out in the sun to watch you play
And the money in your case is less than half you make today
You’d look out in the crowd and you would recognize my face and give a smile that was meant for only me
Cause I am a real hardcore fan
I met you once in Boston and I helped you load the van
You said hey its really great to see you again
And you gave me your CD for free

The critics say your second album’s full of crap
But fans like me don’t really give a shit about all that
I’ve followed you from suburb bar to NY Stadium

Cause I am a real hardcore fan
Met up with you in Cleveland and I helped you find the can
The way you looked at me told me who I am
And your manager gave me your CD for free
Even though I already have three
And I play them all day
And all night
Until I get all the words right
Cause its my shoulders on which you stand
And its my money leaves a soft place to land

I paid a thousand bucks for you reunion tour
I consider it a bargain I’d have paid a thousand more
And I pre-ordered your new biography
I read the last one twice but there’s no mention of me
Just got the special edition DVD
You can see my face sometimes out in the crowd
I’m the one that sings along real loud

Cause I practiced
All day
And all night
Until I get all the words right
Cause its my shoulders on which you stand
And its my money leaves a soft place to land

I met my last girlfriend while following the band
But she thought I loved you more than her
So I’m single again
I hocked that diamond ring to get your greatest hits CDs
All the volumes one to twenty-three
And I hope that you will sign them all for me,
Cause I am a real hardcore fan
I hitched out to Wisconsin after you had left the band
Its really good to see you play the small places again
And I know that you recognize my face
As I lean to put a dollar in your case.

Jump the Fence

Written By: Stephanie Delk

You can say what you want
As long as it starts and ends with goodbye
You can stay as long as you need
As long as you move out tonight

And you can jump the fence
As long as you keep paying rent
On the space, that you take up in my Heart
And you can love me
As long as you don't call
I loved you, I loved you after all

You can keep writing zeros
As long as I get the right amount
You can keep writing zeros till I say when
As long as I get more than I can count on you

And you can jump the fence
As long as you keep paying rent
On the space that you take up in my Heart
And you can love him
As long as you remember to call
He loves you , He loves you after all
Bridge
And the grass must be greener
And her lips must be sweeter
Where's daddy? He's screamin'
And this too shall pass
as long as you don't come back to compare the grass

and you can jump the fence
as long as you keep paying rent
on the space that you take up in my HEART

and you can jump the fence
as long as you keep paying rent
on the space that you take up in my heart.

18 Things I Miss the Most

Written By: Stephanie Delk

I miss your nose
I miss your mouth
And the way. your. hands.
Smooth out the wrinkles

I miss your face
I miss the race
I miss my curfew
I was s'posed to be home
Hours ago

But I'm 18,000 miles away
And it never seemed so far
18 things I couldn't say
riding in your car
18 things I miss the most
one for every year
not including, having you here

I miss your eyes
The day we played spies
And the way your lips
Always seem to find the right places

I miss your laugh
Miss coming back
To me and you
Under the blanket

But I'm 18,000 miles away
And it never seemed so far
18 things I couldn't say
riding in your car
18 things I miss the most
one for every year
not including, having you here

I miss your arms
Your awkward charm
And the way you smile
When you think I'm not looking

I miss the bed. I miss the car
I miss who I am with you and who you are
I miss your mouth
I miss your nose
But I already mentioned those

But I'm 18,000 miles away
And it never seemed so far
18 things I couldn¹t say
riding in your car
18 things I miss the most
one for every year
not including, having you here
having you here
having you here
having you here.

RockStar

Written By: Stephanie Delk

My dark sunglasses on I'm late to work again
Put on some dirty jeans and paint my lips --Bitch red

To be a rockstar
Blockin out the sun
Baby I'm a rockstar
I'm the biggest one

Out of my way I'm on the list I get in for free
And all the men come by and buy my drinks for me

They wanna fuck a rockstar
Blockin out the sun
Baby I'm a rockstar
I invented fun

Bigger than Alanis,
Bigger than Bjork
Bigger than Jewel or Ani
Bigger than Madonna
Bigger that Sarah
I'm bigger than Tori
Cause no one is nearly as tall as me!

Cause I'm a rockstar
Towering down over everyone
Baby I'm a rockstar
I'm the biggest one

Get in at four because I need my beauty sleep
If mom wants to see me she can turn on MTV

I've got a contest try and win a backstage pass
So you can stand in line all day to kiss my ass

Cause I'm a rockstar
Blockin out the sun
Baby I'm a rockstar
Or just look like one
Or just look like one
Just look like one

Personal Best

Written By: Stephanie Delk

I put everything in order
like you were never here
I'm trying not to notice
all your stuff has disappeared
and I am fine in fact
I just want my wasted time back

and I'd like a picture of her
so I can see all the things I am not
things you said didn't matter
but I guess you forgot

I've taken to sleeping
in the middle of the bed
All of your pillows
under my head
and I sleep fine now that
I got all the wasted space back

But I'd like a picture of her
so I can see all the things I am not
things you said didn't matter
but I guess you forgot

I took a journey to the bottom of a glass
Didn't want to know her name--so I didn't ask
but if you must know how you compare to the rest
of all my mistakes, of all my mistakes
you.........were a personal best

I put everything in order
like you were never here
I try not to notice
that you disappeared
and I am fine in fact
Just want my wasted love back

and I'd like a picture of you
so I can see all the things I have not
Things I thought used to matter
but I guess. I forgot.

Peter Pan

Written By: Stephanie Delk

Hey Peter Pan
Where has your shadow gone to?
and here I am, in its place

This Tinkerbell
I've given all my dust to fools
and Wendy never stays

I'll give you my wings
So you can fly
cause I love to watch your face
as you soar through the night
and I'll wait here
Burning Bright

Hey Peter Pan
You got so damn hard to hold on to
and here I am lost

This Tinkerbell
You know I only want to fly with you
cause you were my, my one happy thought

I'll give you my wings
so you can fly
cause I know how much you love
to soar through the night
and I'll wait here
Burning Bright

Second star to the right
doesn't rival this fairie's light
straight on past a million mornings
and a million more midnights
I will be right where I am
even if I burn a hole where I stand
I will wait forever
even if he Never never lands
Even if even if he never never lands
Even if even if he never never lands
Even if even if he never never lands

I'll give you my wings
so you can fly
cause I know how much you love
to soar through the night
and I'll wait here

Even if even if he never never lands
Even if even if he never never lands
Even if even if he never never lands

Discography

Simple & Plain EP 2002 (unreleased)
Burning Bright - September 2008

Set List

30 minute, 40 minute and 1 hour sets

Originals

Rockstar
Simple and Plain
Sign My Letters Love
Jump the Fence
Personal Best
Hardcore Fan
Worse for the Weather
Stay
Peter Pan
Savior
Coffee & Conversation