The Feuding Linnets: Waylon takes a dig at Ilse DeLange with “Jailbird” 15

Rewind to May 2014, when Conchita Wurst won the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, Denmark. Finishing close behind her in a second place, we find Dutch duo The Common Linnets. On stage Ilse DeLange and Waylon look stunning as they sing ”Calm after the storm” with passion and undeniable chemistry.

Now snap out of that dream: Apparently things were much less serene behind the scenes. Just a few days after Eurovision fans had cleared Copenhagen, Waylon disappeared and nobody knew where he went. The hashtag #WhereIsWaylon even trended in The Netherlands.

A few weeks later Waylon appeared on the Dutch talkshow RTL Late Night and told the audience that he and his band did not feel like they were recognised or appreciated by Ilse and her team. Ilse later appeared on the same programme, simply saying that nothing happened between the former duet partners. Their partnership was done — and that was that. Book closed.

Until last Sunday, anyway. That’s because Waylon released his new album. Fans listened more carefully to his new tune “Jailbird”, which was released at the end of August. Waylon sings that he needs to leave someone before that person will take him down. Several song titles from Ilse DeLange’s back catalogue appear in the lyrics: “So Incredible”, “World of Hurt”, “Flying Blind”, “Miracle” and “The Great Escape”. So much for keeping it classy, Waylon…

Artists regularly use their art to express themselves, but has Waylon gone too far with this by taking such a blatant dig at Ilse? I’m rating the song a 4/5. But the lyrics? 1/5.

Waylon at RTL Late Night

Lyrics:

I’m fooling around
Ain’t no chance of taking me down
I’m leaving cryin’ town, babe
Gone like the wind, babe

I finally see
All the scars from fallin’ down on my knees
You think helpless me, but all that I can really feel
Is anything but heartbreak

I guess all the songs
We sang so loud never really meant a thing
Not a thing
And I guess all along the only common thing we had is wings

So babe, I’m flyin’ out that door
Ain’t your jailbird no more

This bird has flown
I guess you’ll try to replace me with a con
So incredible to think you stoop so low
Yes like a new face

So there’s no flying blind, no
No world of hurt or miracles to find
It’s a great escape I cannot waste no more precious time
Storm came and went, babe

I guess all the songs
We sang so loud never really meant a thing
Not a thing
And I guess all along the only common thing we had is wings

So babe, I’m flyin’ out that door
Ain’t your jailbird no more

I’m fooling around
Ain’t no chance of taking me down
I’m leaving cryin’ town, babe
Gone like the wind now