"Wasting Love" as written by Bruce Dickinson and Janick Gers....
Maybe one day I'll be an honest man
Up till now I'm doing the best I can
Long roads, long days, of sunrise, to sunset
Sunrise to sunset

Dream on brothers, while you can
Dream on sister, I hope you find the one
All of our lives, covered up quickly
By the tides of time

Spend your days full of emptiness
Spend your years full of loneliness
Wasting love, in a desperate caress
Rolling shadows of nights

Dream on brothers, while you can
Dream on sisters, I hope you find the one
All of our lives, covered up quickly
By the tides of time

Sands are flowing and the lines
Are in your hand
In your eyes I see the hunger, and the
Desperate cry that tears the night


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"Wasting Love" as written by Janick Gers Bruce Dickinson

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    General CommentThere are some fantastic lyrics here. The lines "Wasting love, in a desperate caress/
    Rolling shadows of nights" say it all. I think it's about the dark side of love - perhaps a passionless marriage or relationship, and the hopelessness of it all. It's quite a dark song for me, and I think the video reflects that. If you haven't seen it, check it out on YouTube.
    Songmeaningsuseron May 12, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOne of the best Maiden songs ever, every time i hear it makes me wonder about my life
    milosvion September 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentBruce was rejected by a girl whom he loved very much,he loved her and still loves her more than life,but she rejected him,she didn't want to be with him and he sings about his loneliness,emptiness and hopeless days and nights.This girl is the true love that he's been looking for all his life and she is everything to Bruce,but seems like she doesen't love him.Bruce is very unhappy man despite all his money,wealth and fame.the most of greatest music stars are very unhappy in love but they keep it deep inside and they're expressing their feelings through the songs they write and that way they feel a little better.anyway,this song is a legendary song,it's got a lot of feeling and I love this song very much.
    12390on May 01, 2008   Link
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    General Comment... wait what?
    I was saying that people never seem to know this song and always think I'm talking about Wasted Years... and I'm not....

    I know what this song is about... wtf?
    bing_bangon July 27, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationIt really seems to me like this song is about depression that comes from a failed relationship, romantic rejection, chronic failure, or the loss of a loved one. My evidence is as follows:

    Verse 1:
    "Maybe one day I'll be an honest man / Up till now I've done the best i can"
    - The narrator is lamenting his inability to live up to society's (or a certain lady or personal influence) standards of a 'decent person'.

    "Long roads, long days of sunrise to sunset / Sunrise to sunset"
    - He feels like life is passing him by and he has no chance to live life the way he wants to.

    "Dream on brothers while you can / Dream on sisters, I hope you find the one"
    - He wishes his family will have better lives than he has had.

    "All of our lives covered up quickly / By the tides of time"
    He believes that life is insignificant and he will just be forgotten and meaningless.

    Verse 2:
    "Dream on brothers while you can / Dream on sisters, I hope you find the one"
    - The narrator reiterates his desire to see his family members live their dreams and find love and happiness. 

    "All of our lives covered up quickly / By the tides of time"
    - He still feels insignificant and mortal.

    "Sands are flowing, and the lines are in your hands"
    - He feels time passing him by and he feels like his misery is predestined.

    "In your eyes I see the hunger, / And the desperate cry that tears the night"
    - He is desperate to have a life of happiness and meaning.

    Chorus:
    "Spend your days full of emptiness / Spend your years full of loneliness"
    - The narrator feels like it's his lot in life to suffer and be unloved.

    "Wasting love in a desperate caress / Rolling shadows of night"
    - He feels like his love is being wasted because he's trying to cling onto someone/something that is leaving him, and all he's left with is coldness, pain, and fear.

    This song is beautiful. It was my favourite IM song for a while and it's just amazing. Helps me get through the hard times..
    UnholyAssaulton September 23, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNobody commented on this song yet?!? WHAT THE HECK IS WRONG WITH YOU ALL?!? THIS is a damn good song. One of the best from Iron Maiden.
    Charlie the manon April 23, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is one of those hidden jems that Maiden has, I have to say. Very passionate, I love this song.
    RainbowDemonon January 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLove it
    Chumplumpon August 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis was the first Iron Maiden song I heard, actually the first heavy metal song I heard in my life and it's been my favorite IM song ever since. Weird, my friends who are fans of IM say that this song is insignificant compared to other IM songs coz it doesn't talk about anything. I don't think that. I love "Rolling shadows of nights", especially in the live version.
    petiteon May 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of my favourite Iron Maiden songs, and it surprises me all the time how people never know what I'm speaking of when I bring it up.

    "Do you mean Wasted Years?"
    No.... I mean Wasting love.

    It's such a brilliant song, and so heartfelt. The line 'Wasting love, in a desperate caress' hits me the hardest.
    bing_bangon July 05, 2008   Link

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