Roger Waters — Wait For Her
Album: Is This The Life We Really Want?
Avg rating:
7.1

Your rating:
Total ratings: 892









Released: 2017
Length: 4:54
Plays (last 30 days): 7
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
Wait

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
Wait

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
Comments (60)add comment
 eveliko wrote:
His voice would always touch the deepest of my soul, even if he sang nursery rhymes or recorded a vocal version of my oven's user manual. Just can't help it.

 
I'm there with you, eveliko - and I won't bash those who don't like it cuz we can't ALL like the same things, right? 

And I'm sure this wasn't his inspiration for the song, yet to me it seems like a nearly-40 year later follow-up to the track "Vera" from The Wall.  I watched a Q&A session with Roger and (an obviously uncomfortable) Nick where you could see that Roger was the driving force of the band...anyways, one of the fan questions was "what was your favorite song in PF" and Roger said it was "Vera."  

So, assuming that was a truthful response, this older Roger seems to be getting the feeling from Vera + age/experience = "Wait for Her."

I'm locked in with a 9 rating on this track.  LONG LIVE RP!!

 gofishbish wrote:
Thank goodness. I'm so with you. Scrolling through positive review after positive review I just about decided not even to comment. I wanted to like it. A few times there when the guitar kicked in I thought "oh hey... wait a minute...." but then it never went anywhere and instead just fell back into the excruciating... plodding-ness of the whole thing.Sorry. Not that it matters though. Roger's status as a legend is irrevocable no matter what else he does. And ofc where else would I catch music from artists I love except RP. 
 
Wilfrue wrote:
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. 

 


 
Yep, couldn't agree more. I really wanted to like this tune but it just seems that all I can says is that it has been done before. Yea, I know it was done before by by Roger Waters, but it feels like he is mailing it in.
I do like this but does anyone else think this is a little over played
eight hours straight. First miss. Good record, Bill! No one is perfect. 
His voice would always touch the deepest of my soul, even if he sang nursery rhymes or recorded a vocal version of my oven's user manual. Just can't help it.
I want sooooo bad to like this... but... nope. It's a 3.  Going to PSD.
Thank goodness. I'm so with you. Scrolling through positive review after positive review I just about decided not even to comment. I wanted to like it. A few times there when the guitar kicked in I thought "oh hey... wait a minute...." but then it never went anywhere and instead just fell back into the excruciating... plodding-ness of the whole thing.Sorry. Not that it matters though. Roger's status as a legend is irrevocable no matter what else he does. And ofc where else would I catch music from artists I love except RP. 
 
Wilfrue wrote:
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. 

 

Seems very much inspired by “Te recuerdo Amanda” by Victor Jara.
So people are complaining that Roger sounds too much like... Roger? I don't think the man needs to reinvent himself at this point, nor do I see why it should work against him that he sounds like himself.
Medley of Pink Flyody type bits with some dreary lyrics.
 lizardking wrote:

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!! 



 
8 to 9 bump now, I'm finding my ears wanting to hear this track at certain times during the day.  And while others are stating the rest of the album "aint so good" a single gem from an album is all you get sometimes (like in RW's "Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking, for instance.)

LONG LIVE RP!!

I'm really loving this tune.  I checked out the rest of the album and it doesn't hold up as well.


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.
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.