"Waiter" as written by and Walter Donaldson Nellie Mckay....
Oh waiter bring me my check soon
I have a hectic schedule
I'm saddened by the news that we won
I wonder what I'd say to the bomb

Where are you now
Where are you going
Do you mind
And do you care
That you will die
Do you despair
And do you allow
For what you are choking
Do you know
Just what you do
The fickle snow
It's 'cause of you

Waiter
I need my change I need it now sooner not
Later
It may seem strange but have you seen the paper
Maybe it's victory
Maybe it's history
Maybe it's you

The scuds drop down like butterflies
They're loved and round and very wise
They're just like you and me
As they tend
Their incandescent need for a friend

Where are they now
Where are they headed
Do they see
The little ones
And do they flee
Or do they run
And do they feel proud
As they are embedded
Do they ask
Or do they tell
To mask the fact
They're going to hell

Waiter
I need my change I need it now sooner not
Later
It may seem strange but have you seen the paper
Maybe it's erotic
Maybe it's despotic
Maybe it's you

Waiter
I need my change I need it now sooner not
Later
It may seem strange but have you seen the paper
Maybe it's victory
Maybe it's history
Maybe it's you
Nothin could be finer than to be in Carolina in the mornin


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"Waiter" as written by Nellie Mckay Gus Kahn

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    General Commentit's sort of an anti-war song, but at the same time, sorta not.
    pumkinhedon February 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's important that she's from NYC.

    The song is about how we're going to get paved with explosives. Especially places like NYC.

    So she's in a rush to pay for her meal and drive to Carolina.
    StopDanceGoon July 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe chorus of this song is a sort of pun. It sounds like she's asking a waiter at a restaurant to bring her the change from her meal, but the line could also be interpreted as her needing change, as in changing the world. The title of the song refers to the fact that she's a "waiter," waiting for this change to occur.
    ReginaSibilatrixon October 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentDoes anyone have an idea about what she's saying at the very end of the song?
    savianon April 25, 2014   Link

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