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Ruben Blades & Making Movies Team Up On "Delilah," Co-Written By Lou Reed
Kansas City band Making Movies, whose Afro-Latin rock rhythms have invaded NPR's Tiny Desk and gotten the attention of Rolling Stone, have dropped the third single off their forthcoming album ameri'kana. Titled "Delilah," the track features co-writes from Latin GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter and musician Rubén Blades and the late GRAMMY-winning rock legend Lou Reed.
"Delilah"'s lyrics touch on the tragic realities of immigration when hope for starting a new life is met with the challenges immigration policies can bring. "I was beaten, finger printed, deported / for the love of Delilah," Blades sings.
The song was written by Blades and Reed during a week of music making in the east coast in the late '80s. Blades' "Letters To The Vatican" was one of the songs that came out of the session, but "Delilah" was left unfinished.