"Waitress" as written by Edward Joel Kowalczyk, Chad David Taylor, Patrick Dahlheimer and Chad Alan Gracey....
Come on baby leave some change behind
She was a bitch but I don't care
She brought our food out on time
And wore a funky barrette in her hair

Come on baby leave some change behind
She was a bitch but good enough
To leave some change everybody's good
Enough for some change

The girl's got family
She needs cash to buy aspirin for
Her pain everybody's good enough
For some change

We all get the flu we all get aids
We've got to stick together
After all, everybody's good enough
For some change, some fucking change


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"Waitress" as written by Chad David Taylor Chad Alan Gracey

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    General CommentWell obviously this is like a guy out with his girlfriend and she doesn't want to leave a tip. But the guy is like, "Come on, just give her some money." Basically he's saying we all should all look out for eachother.
    But I note tension between the couple too. That's why the guy says "some fucking change!" in a pissed off way. And he said everbody's good enough for some change, maybe looking at the girlfriend and thinking, "even YOU are good enough for some change", although he's probably not sure why really.
    I know I could be way off, but that's just what I think of when I hear it. ps...I LOVE LIVE!!!!!!!!!!!
    Helena41on May 24, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think he's saying no matter how much of a bitch she was, you should leave her a tip because she needs it.

    In the larger scheme, it could mean we should get past our pettiness and help each other out a little more often, by simple acts of kindness, because we all have bad days, we all get sick, etc. Put yourself in someone's shoes sometimes, try to see beyond the bad and look for good stuff (she was a bitch but brought out our food on time).
    sadiesadieon March 16, 2011   Link
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    General CommentHas anybody ever thought that the word "change" might not necessarily mean money? It might mean that everyone, no matter how bad a person they seem to be, has always got some good in them and they can turn themselves around... Whether the voice in the song means his girl, because she doesn't give a tip, or the waitress, because she's tired of her job.
    Vertiison April 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPeople treat waitresses like shit. My pet peeve is when the food is cooked poorly (by the cook), and they take out their anger on the waitress (not leaving some change for her). Everybody's good enough for some change. Some change from the way people treat them. Also, the waitress was a bitch... and he thought maybe she feels sick from the flu. Maybe she's sick from AIDS. Now I feel like crying..... great song :)
    steve82con November 22, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI love this song so much...it is so catchy that I once listened to this song over and over for an hour!
    iandkinzelon January 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentPersonally, Helena....i dont think you could be any more wrong, i in no way see a couple thing here and by change he isnt saying "leave this lady change" plain and simple....change in this song does mean we can all use some extra pocket change, but it also is a metaphor for actual change, a change in where were going with our lives, or a change with our current situation, and everyone deserves and/or needs some change even people like bill gates sitting atop his vast mountain of computer product monopoly
    HackingHippie89on June 05, 2007   Link
  • -1
    General CommentOh, and I prefer take-out now too, or making my own food, which often tastes better.

    The whole ritual of being served in American restaurants is overrated and over-expensive. Anyway, I digress, but yeah... give me some fucking change, and next time I eat it will be Mexican or Chinese take-out :-P
    stoolhardyon November 28, 2007   Link
  • -2
    General CommentYes, the "change" is a loaded term in this song. But I always thought this was a song about a guy waiting for his waitress to give him some change so he could leave a tip and leave the restaurant! At least when I scream (in my thoughts only) "GIVE ME SOME FUCKING CHANGE!", it is usually because the waitress took my money and is taking forever to give it back. Which is why, nowadays, I both rarely eat out and just take my credit card to the host station so I don't have to deal with this awkward aspect of eating out :-P
    stoolhardyon November 28, 2007   Link

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