Bob Marley — Waiting in Vain
Album: Exodus
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Released: 1984
Length: 4:00
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I don't wanna wait in vain for your love;
I don't wanna wait in vain for your love.
From the very first time I rest my eyes on you, girl,
My heart says follow t'rough.
But I know, now, that I'm way down on your line,
But the waitin' feel is fine:
So don't treat me like a puppet on a string,
'Cause I know I have to do my thing.
Don't talk to me as if you think I'm dumb;
I wanna know when you're gonna come - soon.
I don't wanna wait in vain for your love;
I don't wanna wait in vain for your love;
I don't wanna wait in vain for your love,
'Cause if summer is here,
I'm still waiting there;
Winter is here,
And I'm still waiting there.
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/Guitar solo/
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Like I said:
It's been three years since I'm knockin' on your door,
And I still can knock some more:
Ooh girl, ooh girl, is it feasible?
I wanna know now, for I to knock some more.
Ya see, in life I know there's lots of grief,
But your love is my relief:
Tears in my eyes burn - tears in my eyes burn
While I'm waiting - while I'm waiting for my turn,
See!

I don't wanna wait in vain for your love;
I don't wanna wait in vain for your love;
I don't wanna wait in vain for your love;
I don't wanna wait in vain for your love;
I don't wanna wait in vain for your love, oh!
I don't wanna - I don't wanna - I don't wanna - I don't wanna -
I don't wanna wait in vain.
I don't wanna - I don't wanna - I don't wanna - I don't wanna -
I don't wanna wait in vain.
No, I don't wanna (I don't wanna - I don't wanna - I don't wanna -
I don't wanna - I don't wanna wait in vain) -
No I - no I (I don't wanna - I don't wanna - I don't wanna - I don't
Wanna - I don't wanna wait in vain) -
No, no-no, I, no, I (I don't wanna - I don't wanna - I don't wanna -
I don't wanna - I don't wanna wait in vain) -
It's your love that I'm waiting on (I don't wanna - I don't wanna -
I don't wanna - I don't wanna - I don't wanna wait in vain);
It's me love that you're running from.
It's Jah love that I'm waiting on (I don't wanna - I don't wanna -
I don't wanna - I don't wanna - I don't wanna wait in vain);
It's me love that you're running from.
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''I don't wanna wait in vain for your love;'' What gives?
Proposed to my wife with this song ....{#Heartkiss}
100% pure
 oldsaxon wrote:

There was a scene in "Smoke" where a man was looking at the photos another man had taken every day at the same time in front of his smoke shop.

"They all look the same"
"That's because you're going through them too fast"

Slow it down and listen to the details. 

 
Nice story, but even listening to it several time and trying, I block. Something in me cringes and tenses every time reggae is playing.... 
 astapen wrote:
Zzzzzzz, I agree.  Monotony....is there some rabid group of reggae fans out there who are pressuring you to play this? 

 
There was a scene in "Smoke" where a man was looking at the photos another man had taken every day at the same time in front of his smoke shop.

"They all look the same"
"That's because you're going through them too fast"

Slow it down and listen to the details. 
Godlike !

Oh, that warm bass sound that can only be created with high humidity !

 
 rockpommel16 wrote:
....reggae.......

 
Deep groove. Always, always happy to hear this!
Zzzzzzz, I agree.  Monotony....is there some rabid group of reggae fans out there who are pressuring you to play this? 
ZzzzzZZZZzzzzzzZZZzzzzzz
In addition to Clash's Train In Vain, Annie Lennox also did a respectable version of this song on the Medusa album.

When we're 5 miles off the west coast of Bermuda, anchored among the coral reefs...Robert Nesta Marley always goes onto the CD player, blasting out across the piss-warm, impossibly turquoise waters....

That's what this makes me think about. 
 Proclivities wrote:

My memories of fifty years ago are a little vague, but this song is nowhere near the top of the list of overplayed songs, in my experience, unlike these fine, familiar themes:

Stairway To Heaven 
Layla
Dream On
Money (Pink Floyd)
Smoke On The Water
All Along The Watchtower
Rock and Roll (Part 2)
Sweet Home Alabama
Baba O'Reilly
Takin' Care Of Business
Crocodile Rock
All Right Now (Free)
I Will Survive
More Than A Feeling

Let It Be
Imagine

I Will Always Love You
Hotel California
Brown-Eyed Girl

 
I tire so easily of Bob Marley. Have to agree with Proclivities on this list though. I would add any tune by Steve Miller to the list...most notably "The Joker" or "Jet Airliner". Ugh.
 Duffalo wrote:
One of the top 10 most overplayed songs of the last 50 years. Other nominations?
 
My memories of fifty years ago are a little vague, but this song is nowhere near the top of the list of overplayed songs, in my experience, unlike these fine, familiar themes:

Stairway To Heaven 
Layla
Dream On
Money (Pink Floyd)
Smoke On The Water
All Along The Watchtower
Rock and Roll (Part 2)
Sweet Home Alabama
Baba O'Reilly
Takin' Care Of Business
Crocodile Rock
All Right Now (Free)
I Will Survive
More Than A Feeling

Let It Be
Imagine

I Will Always Love You
Hotel California
Brown-Eyed Girl


....reggae.......
 Duffalo wrote:
One of the top 10 most overplayed songs of the last 50 years. Other nominations?
 

Nonsense - I can think of at least three other Marley songs that play more often, Three Little Birds, One Love and No Woman No Cry - all four great songs by the way
 jagdriver wrote:
Great bass!
 
probably using one of these, then! ...mmmm...that's good bass!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BQFv83QJ2Y  
Bob transcends
 Duffalo wrote:
One of the top 10 most overplayed songs of the last 50 years. Other nominations?
 

Hardly. This is just middle of the road saturation. Great song. 8
Wow twice in the same morning!  Annie Lennox first and now Bob.  Thanks!  Ok let's hear the Chrissie Hynde version!
if this song can't put you at ease, then there is no help for you...
this song defines mellow and should be used as a benchmark.

 Luna2 wrote:
Bob Marley is delicioius.

 
I saw him in the last concert he did before he died.  I barely remember it,
but everything was good!!!!!

 Duffalo wrote:
One of the top 10 most overplayed songs of the last 50 years. Other nominations?
 

Free Bird.
It was a profound moment when I first heard Bob sing this song.  I thought only women went through this!  :)
 ThePoose wrote:
If Bob Marley is God, then God is dead.
 
As the old joke goes:

"God is dead" - Nietzsche
"Nietzsche is dead" - God

I'll get me coat...

...
gernick wrote:
it's been said here before but Bob Marley is God! there are many more incredible songs by this man/god but any of his songs will make your day better.

praise be to bob almighty
(significant other) "gernick, have you seen the spacecakes? I just baked a dozen for the big Terry Pratchett con this weekend"
(gernick, very muffled) "nee, ik heb niet"
(significant other)"gernick, you ate all of those spacecakes?"
(gernick, quietly) "nee"
(significant other)"
G E R N I C K ! "
(gernick) "ja"

Kiddies, let this be a lesson to you: drugs derived from natural sources are fun, but combined with the influence of fundamentalist religious dogma they can make you say all kinds of questionable stuff, and even attribute the qualities of high art to mundane half effort. If you're going to serve a sacred cow, make sure it's medium rare with a side salad.


 MannAudioltd wrote:
perfect!
 
It's All Good!

perfect!
Bleh, mahn.
 gernick wrote:
it's been said here before but Bob Marley is God! there are many more incredible songs by this man/god but any of his songs will make your day better.

praise be to bob almighty
 

If Bob Marley is God, then God is dead.
I always loved the story behind this song and this album.
{#Bounce}cool maaaaaan

I love this song. I have a greater appreciation for it now that I am familiar with Annie Lennox's take on it. I actually prefer Lennox's version (which I certainly never expected), but I still love Marley's. Mmmmm. Things are good.
Great bass!
d00kie wrote:
One of the top 10 most overplayed songs of the last 50 years. Other nominations?
d00kie wrote:
Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl
.. or just about anything alse by him...
How about some Peter Tosh? I miss him, too! (Actually, Bob Marley gets a little "generic" after awhile.)
prickelpit96 wrote:
That's the shit
redfern777 wrote:
First Neil, Now Bob... What a combination! (sorry, somebody had to say it)
Howling!
First Neil, Now Bob... What a combination! (sorry, somebody had to say it)
Duffalo wrote:
One of the top 10 most overplayed songs of the last 50 years. Other nominations?
Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl
I love this one. :cool:
I don't mean any disrespect, but this can stop now. I need to stay awake.
Bob Marley is delicioius. :dancingbanana:
On_The_Beach wrote:
Another great tune from BM. I used to think the lyrics were "I don't want no wedding cake for your love".
:roflol:
One of the top 10 most overplayed songs of the last 50 years. Other nominations?
Another great tune from BM. I used to think the lyrics were "I don't want no wedding cake for your love".
ndfan75 wrote:
Awesome song from one of my all time favorite albums.
What ndfan said. :roflol:
I love the vocals on this. (really)
I third that NO. rklein wrote:
NO
Is it wrong of me to think the Annie Lennox cover on Medusa is as good as the original?