Roger Waters — Wait For Her
Album: Is This The Life We Really Want?
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Released: 2017-06-02
Length: 4:54
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With a glass inlaid with gemstones
On a pool around the evening
Among the perfumed roses
Wait for her

With the patience of a packhorse
Loaded for the mountains
Like a stoic, noble prince
Wait for her

With seven pillows laid out on the stair
The scent of womens' incense fills the air
Be calm, and wait for her

And do not flush the sparrows
That are nesting in her braids
All along the barricades
Wait for her

And if she comes soon
Wait for her
And if she comes late

Let her be still as a summer afternoon
A garden in full bloom

Let her breathe in the air
That is foreign to her heart
Let her lips part
Wait for her

Take her to the balcony, see the moon soaked in milk
Hear the rustle of her silk
Wait for her

Don't let your eyes alight upon the twin doves of her breast
Lest they take flight
Wait for her

And if she comes soon
Wait for her
And if she comes late

Serve her water before wine
Do not touch her hand
Let your fingertips rest as her command

Speak softly as a flute would to a fearful violin
Breathe out, breathe in

And as the echo fades from that final fusillade
Remember the promises you made
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Roger Waters wrote the song based on a poem written by Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish.

Mahmoud Darwish (Arabic: محمود درويش‎, translit. maḥmūd darwīsh, 13 March 1941 – 9 August 2008) was a Palestinian poet and author who was regarded as the Palestinian national poet.[1] He won numerous awards for his works. Darwish used Palestine as a metaphor for the loss of Eden, birth and resurrection, and the anguish of dispossession and exile.[2][3] He has been described as incarnating and reflecting "the tradition of the political poet in Islam, the man of action whose action is poetry."[4] He also served as an editor for several literary magazines in Israel.

Life and career

Mahmoud Darwish was born in the village of al-Birwa in the Western Galilee.[5] He was the second child of Salim and Houreyyah Darwish. His family were landowners. His mother was illiterate, but his grandfather taught him to read.[3] After Israeli forces assaulted his village of al-Birwa in June 1948, the family fled to Lebanon, first to Jezzin and then Damour.[6] Their home village was razed and destroyed by the Israeli army[7][8][9] to prevent its inhabitants from returning to their homes inside the new Jewish state.[10][11]

Copied from the wiki page Mahmoud Darwish.  

He was admired by many Israelis was frequently critical of Palestinian leaders and Hamas.  

A good tune. I really like it. Even if it sounds like the lost track from The Final Cut.
Nice to hear Roger.

If the artist were new and unfamiliar, I daresay most would be falling over themselves praising this tune.

I don't understand why. Perhaps if I were WAY too into all things Floyd I'd have a clue.
The first time I heard it I was occupied and didn't look to see who it was.
I eventually checked and it made no difference, until I read a few of the comments and was
reminded why I try to not read the comments ! - especially when the song is good.
Video -

I really like this.  I know it isn't the greatest PF song ever, but it sure has a lot of the hallmarks, and his voice is great for these lyrics.  Makes me stop every time. 

I'd like to hear the rest of the album.
Took several listens, but this album is really turning-out to be a real cracker. I now love it. This song is really splendid.
I've tried. Each critical listen brings me closer to criticism. It is boring and hackneyed. Maybe with some time, I will connect with it, but it almost dares you to like it in spite of itself... like that almost completely awful Lindsey Buckingham album 15 years ago I'll never get my $14.99 back from.
Just because you're good doesn't mean your stuff is automatically good. This is one of those. 
If this guy wasn't famous, y'all would decide to like this song.
Immediately recognizable.  Agree - sounds like latter day Floyd - which was mediocre. Even I could play the piano part.

7 is about right.  
 prs wrote:
Sounds like a re-worked Final Cut - even more depressing!!

I was thinking the same thing.
The same girls sing along ;))).
Sounds like a re-worked Final Cut - even more depressing!!
Sounds like Coldplay's grandparents.  To my ears only, of course.  Grim.
No doubt this one's on heavy rotation. Heavy for RP anyway. Roger Waters never impressed me, and I'm even less impressed that he's busy ripping himself off in this retread. Nostalgia's a powerful thing, I guess. 
 DaidyBoy wrote:
These aren't his lyrics, it appears. 

But he did have the poor judgment to record them.
 kingart wrote:
I'm bumping it. 6 > 7. It grows on me. 

Likewise, I'm bumping from 7 to an 8.  This older version of Roger seems a bit more vulnerable and a bit less cynical.  And I think you and I are amongst the few who want to comment that we're enjoying this new (well, OLD) Roger; yet, the overall rating is a respectable 6.9.

Many of the negative comments say this is too much like Roger's post-PF days.  Final Cut I kinda agree with, but again, that was when his ego was at its peak.  Here he seems to be opening up a bit.  In fact, I realized recently that as great as Pink Floyd's catalog is, I can't think of a single "love" song; here, Roger seems to be broaching the concept of love.  PEACE & Long Live RP!! 

I don't like it. It's repetitive, monotonous, and so like The Wall, Final Cut and Pros and Cons... I love what Waters had done on those master works, but I believe it's enough. 
I don't know what else it sounds like and don't really care.  7
No, nothing ground breaking, and relies on old formulas.  Still, seems so easy for him to write something compelling, even at the ripe age of 70+.  And his live shows...he still knows how to play to the dynamics of the tune.