Tanya Tucker: Delta Dawn Meaning
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Song Released: 1972
Delta Dawn Lyrics
Could it be a faded rose from days gone by
And did I hear you say he was a-meeting you here today
To take you to his mansion in the sky
She's forty-one and her daddy still calls her "baby"
anonymous Jan 23rd, 2018 1:04am report
I beleave that it is delta dawns funeral. The flower that she wears is reference to when they used flowers before the embalming process to cover up the smell of the dead. Then the rest of the song is about her life. She was 41 when she passed but still to that day her daddy called her baby. Everyone thought she was crazy.and so forth. And the reason she is crazy is because she fell deep in love with a man that she was suppose to marry but something either happened to him or he left and she couldn’t deal with that loss and it made her “crazy” and she alway looked for him. Then at 41 she dies. Either by suicide or just of a broken heart.
anonymous Mar 4th, 2018 3:28am report
The absolutely biggest stretch is the Mary Magdalene approach. Talk about over-reach. One individual analyzed each line in the song and said it was like Amazing Grace, another song with spiritual meaning. (Duh - being as Amazing Grace IS a spiritual song - written about a man's incredible conversion in the 1600's after he went from being a slaver to a slave to a man reborn). Amazing Grace is John Newton's story of salvation. Delta Dawn is a modern day ballad, apparently based on the story of a man's mother's sad ending. A more general interpretation of the song is pretty much what is seen in Great Expectations with the tale of Miss Haversham, jilted by a scoundrel at the alter. Painful to read the stretches reached by some people. Oh, for the one who really stretched the Mary Magdalene part, Mary Magdalene, despite common misconception, was not a prostitute. She was a wealthy woman who had demons cast from her..........read the Bible. She has been maligned by many who extrapolate a combination of Mary's and put it on poor Mag's mantel.
anonymous Jan 18th, 2020 1:10am report
It can't be that Jesus is the dark haired man. The song refers to him as a man of low decree.
anonymous Jan 11th, 2020 1:31am report
In reply to:: "It's not really up for debate. The song is about his mother. He said so himself here:
It states in this article that he said "about 10 years later "IN 1973" I wrote the song"... ??? Tanya Tucker recorded it in 1972 ... so where is the truth in this article????
anonymous Jan 11th, 2020 1:59am report
Amazing things people read into the song. How about what the composer said?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBXOOSEPGSU
reminds me of one of Isaac Asimov's stories of a literature professor who explained one of his stories completely wrong and then told him "you are the author, you don't know what you meant"
anonymous Dec 20th, 2019 12:48am report
Delta dawn is a woman who fell in love with a man, she was all dressed up with flowers and roses. For some reason he fooled her and did not show up to marry her, maybe he died, she loved him so she waiting all the years for him to show up but he didn’t. “To take you to his mansion in the sky” means that he is going to take her to heaven with him when she dies and they will reunite. Her daddy still called her baby while she was older. Everyone thought she was crazy because she waited for her man to come get her, she carried a suit case for him to pick her up.
anonymous Dec 11th, 2019 12:47pm report
# 2. Both men and women who keep having bad relationships are usually are attracted to a set of appealing qualities in a person of the opposite sex. The flip side is that the same negatives are in that personality, so they chosse the same trouble over and over...or they are that trouble to a partner over and over. Solution? 1. Get counseling, find out why you keep being attracted to trouble and /or are trouble to another. Learn to be attracted to a person who is not trouble (They may seem boring if they are good for you, get past that.). Learn not to be toruble to another. 2. Get on e-Harmony and find a good partner. Unlike some dating sites, they do an indepth personality analysis to match you. you still have to use common sence, not every one is a good match, but it gives you better odds. In my 60s and it worked for me. Take it or leave it for what it's worth. 3. O, I'll take the writer's interpretation of the song.
anonymous Nov 17th, 2019 11:35pm report
The mansion in the sky connotes Heaven and she’s about to commit suicide to be with her mysterious dark haired man again. The suitcase reminds us that earthly belongings aren’t important.
anonymous Nov 17th, 2019 11:19pm report
Delta Dawn Song could be interpreted a few ways.
My thoughts on the song is that it was made in honor of a mans mother,recalling the stories he has been told. His thoughts of the tragedy and younger days of his momma b4 passing
anonymous Oct 20th, 2019 10:44pm report
I do believe it is a spiritual song. And I believe the dark-haired man is Jesus ready to take her to the promised land. Her mind is lost and so is her soul and she wants to go home. She remembers good times and her younger days when her daddy still called her baby. Maybe he is gone now and that is one right moment in her life. She's lost her mind, she's weary, she's ready to come home.
anonymous Jun 10th, 2019 6:14am report
Tanya Tucker first came out with the song Delta Dawn but Helen Reddy made it a number one hit a year later
anonymous May 31st, 2019 5:44pm report
Personally, I feel that Delta Dawn is a woman who lost her husband, or another close male figure, and is now grieving and waiting for him to come and take her to his mansion in the sky, or for her to die and reunite with him.
anonymous Sep 12th, 2018 9:07pm report
It's asking for your interpretation not for your mean remarks to what others want to say.
anonymous Jan 23rd, 2018 1:59am report
I beleave that it is delta dawns funeral. The flower that she wears is reference to when they used flowers before the embalming process to cover up the smell of the dead. Then the rest of the song is about her life. She was 41 when she passed but still to that day her daddy called her baby. Everyone thought she was crazy.and so forth.
anonymous Nov 25th, 2017 11:36am report
Though the writer of the song tells his own story, the real beauty of this song lies in it's ability to delve deep into a person's psych and reveal their own unique story. The melody is absolutely wonderful(one you catch yourself singing endlessly). Whether one admits it or not, each of us has, whether obvious to us or not, deep spiritual dreams and meanings in our life. This song touches on a woman's longings for a godly man who helps her to find beauty in herself. This requires a person to set out on a journey of their own not caring what the world thinks even if she is thought to be crazy. What is most important is being true to yourself and becoming better than you are deep within.
anonymous Nov 21st, 2017 11:48pm report
It's not really up for debate. The song is about his mother. He said so himself here:
Many years ago, Delta Dawn was the name a prostitute had claimed as her street name. She either worked the streets or she worked in a brothel. It a the dream (the word "Fantasy" might be more appropriate) of most prostitutes that someday a "Prince in Shining Armor" will fall in love with her and take her to his castle or in this case, "His Mansion in The Sky". This either being a mansion built on a mountain or a "Penthouse Suite" in a tower high above some city, somewhere. The mysterious man's intentions were probably sincere. He was going to meet her, offer her a new life and take her away. However, for some unknown reason, the man was not able to return to meet her. Since she believed him with all of her heart, she couldn't let it go and became obsessed with him "Meeting Her Here Today". C'mon people. Haven't you ever watched the movie "Pretty Woman"?
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