"You Will Be Waiting" as written by and Steven Page....
As we walk together through the autumn, nearing winter,
Through the dying leaves and trees we call our home and native land,
You say you don't believe a thing I say, I say you don't believe a thing.
You say you can't believe how I don't understand.

[Chorus]
But I know that you will be waiting,
Oh I know that you will be waiting,
Oh I know you will be waiting,
Waiting there for me.

You say you cannot live with me, you need your own identity,
And now we air our laundry on national TV.
And so you hate my arrogance, my smothering and sitting on the fence,
But I'm afraid of the hard permanence of letting you go free.

[Chorus]

I'm so sick of fighting and that effigy you're lighting,
Looks an awful lot like someone whose name I just can't quite place.
And though you say it's not supposed to be me or any entity,
Still through the flames and smoke I see I recognize that face.

[Chorus]

And you were someone who would always tell me things I don't know,
And tell me where to go. But there I'll always go
Always go there, whether or not you're waiting.
I don't care if you'll be waiting.
But please say that you will be waiting there for me.

Don't you ever leave me,
Don't leave


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"You Will Be Waiting" as written by Steven Page

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    General CommentThis song is absolutely beautiful. It reminds me of that one person in everyone's life who you always want and need to be there, whether you want to admit it or not. I especially like the verse aout the effigy, it's classic, quirky BNL.
    barenekkidladyon April 28, 2003   Link
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    General CommentIt's about Quebec wanting to secede from Canada. "You" is Qeubec and "I" is Canada.
    Lucyverson August 20, 2005   Link
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    General CommentTHe song definatley fits Lucyvers interpretation of it being Canada and Quebec, but I just don't think that this is the case. Beautiful song though! I love the first few lines!
    I_LOVE_CAMPon December 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentTHe song definatley fits Lucyvers interpretation of it being Canada and Quebec, but I just don't think that this is the case. Beautiful song though! I love the first few lines!
    I_LOVE_CAMPon December 23, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think it has a vague resemblance to a relationship between the singer who is famous and a none famous partner. the singer knows the girl is right for him but is too caught up in the fame thing
    sl8ron January 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt could be about Quebec and Canada, but it's generally about anyone who doesn't want someone else to leave, because they are afraid that they will stay away forever and never see them again.

    However, they understand how much pain they are causing, but the thought of letting go is too unbearable for them.

    However, the part about the effigy burning does sound a lot like a country which wants to separate from another country. Haven't heard of a relationship where someone burns another effigy of someone else. That would be..... weird. Another thing which is weird is the world weird. Shouldn't it be spelt wierd, on account of "i" before "e" except after "c"?
    Occams_Harmonyon September 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentA sad song about a couple that is breaking up. She can't stand certain things about him and needs to be on her own, find her own identity. She is angry and "burning him in effigy" (although it seems that she doesn't admit that she's doing so).
    He can't stand the fighting but can't imagine them acutally breaking up. In the chorus he clings to the hope that she will always be there in the end. And in the end, he is begging her not to leave.
    whoson1st0on October 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentShe is leaving him because she needs space, her own life. She needs to figure things out on her own.

    "And though you say it's not supposed to be me or any entity"

    The infamous "I just really need to be by myself right now." line that women give. She is telling him that she doesn't want to be with anyone, it isn't just him. She probably has told him that maybe, sometime down the line, they'll get back together again when she has figured things out.

    He's afraid that if he lets her go, she'll never come back. He puts on a brave face: "I don't care if you'll be waiting" in an attempt to support her decision. But, he will be secretly devastated when she goes.

    It is sad.
    Zamrodon February 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think both whoson1st0 and Zamrod were both dead on with their interpretations of the song. I agree completely. Great song. Definatley one of my favorites from BNL.
    Running Out Of Inkon May 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentLucyvers nailed the meaning, good job and enough said.
    MyOwnHero18on July 11, 2007   Link

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