This song was actually co-written by Thom Mooney (Nazz, Paris, Fuse/Cheap Trick, drummer) who brought the title and opening lyrics to Colin during one of their morning 'coffee and donuts' hangs. Thom was speaking of...
Any minute now, my ship is coming in
I'll keep checking the horizon
I'll stand on the bow, feel the waves come crashing
Come crashing down, down, down, on me

And you say, be still my love
Open up your heart
Let the light shine in
But don't you understand
I already have a plan
I'm waiting for my real life to begin

When I awoke today, suddenly nothing happened
But in my dreams, I slew the dragon
And down this beaten path, and up this cobbled lane
I'm walking in my old footsteps, once again
And you say, just be here now
Forget about the past, your mask is wearing thin
Let me throw one more dice
I know that I can win
I'm waiting for my real life to begin

Any minute now, my ship is coming in
I'll keep checking the horizon
And I'll check my machine, there's sure to be that call
It's gonna happen soon, soon, soon
It's just that times are lean

And you say, be still my love
Open up your heart, let the light shine in
Don't you understand
I already have a plan
I'm waiting for my real life to begin


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    General Commenti agree...to me this song is talking about restlessness and looking for somthing better when maybe the best thing is right in front of you. the one that loves him is right in front of him telling him to see the great things in his life right at the moment.
    littlewingon December 23, 2004   Link
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    Song MeaningI saw Colin last night and he played this song as an encore. He prefaced the song talking about how he was dropped form MCA records in 1991, and this song was representing his state of mind and what he was going to do with the rest of his life. He rhetorically asked the crowd, "Is it good enough for me to play by myself to crowds on monday nights in places like Ann Arbor, Michigan?" The crowd responded with an emphatic Yes!

    Do not pass up the chance to see him live. It was one of the best live shows I've ever seen. He'll play all the songs you want to hear, and one thing people may not know about him is how incredibly funny he is. He could do stand up comedy. Go see him, you won't be sorry.
    ShineOnUon April 28, 2009   Link
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    My Opinioni think this song is about a heroine addict. he thinks death is the only way to beat his addiction, he knows he will die from it. he is anticipating that in the near future he will use and it will kill him. then his real life can begin.
    pondon June 25, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningThis song is about a man with a dream he won't let go of, even though Time is slipping away from him while he waits for the plan he already has to work out. He's wasting time he can't get back waiting for it, and the world is passing him by.

    His lover tells him to open up his heart and let the light shine in, just be where he is and live in the moment he really is in. But he won't. The "real" life he's waiting to begin is all he wants, all he can or will accept.

    What he doesn't see is that his life and any chance for happiness based in reality is passing him by while he waits for his ship to come in. In the end, he still holds on the foolish hope that any minute now, his ship will come in and he'll start living the life he wants, even though he can see a very long way and it isn't in sight.

    It's not a happy or encouraging song in the least. It's a song about wasting what you could have, waiting for something that never happens.
    pickeron January 25, 2011   Link
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    General CommentLike many here, this song is about a dreamer, stuck in the familiar, with big dreams of fame/fortune/adventure, etc. His lover is urging him to get real, live in the present, before life slips him by...

    The VALUE I get from this song, and why I think it resonates with so many, is that we all have hopes/dreams from when we are younger that go unrealized, and it's fun to think about them from time to time, but that we must not allow ourselves to become complacent. I'm not saying that life is pushing hard 100% of the time - to me the song says do not become complacent, or you end up like this guy: slaying dragons, waiting for the phone to ring, and waking up everyday with the realization that suddenly nothing happens. Unless of course you make something happen instead.
    galluscioon February 19, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningI dont know what this song means to the rest of you but to me this is about a new beginning. The person is obviously bored with his current situation and wants to move onto new pastures hense waiting for my real life to begin.
    Angel1234on November 23, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis song is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard, I cant believe no one has posted anything about it before. Taken at face value I think its about a man who's restless about what will become of his life and he has this person ( a girl probably) who's telling him to be patient "and you say, be still my love" but he doesn't hear her. She loves him but he's just waiting for something to happen to him instead of the monotony of his life. It could be taken lots of ways, but its really beautiful all the same.
    Sugarbear0530on October 06, 2004   Link
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    General CommentAmazing song. Nuff said.
    burntfireon March 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentColin Hay just isn't appreciated as much as he should be. He is an incredible songwriter and why more people don't know about him, I'll never understand. At least he's getting more exposure thanks to the TV show Scrubs. They've done about 3 or 4 of his songs.

    This song is certainly about a wrestless man who wants more in life. However I don't necessarily see any folly in his stubborness. For some reason I completey sympathize and even agree with the man. I suppose this might mean there is some kind of acceptance of his own inability to accept things, as if to say "this is how I am. I won't change and so I'll keep hoping". It's tragic and beautiful at the same time.
    Colin Hay really is amazing. That's all I'm saying...
    LDFon June 02, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis guy is a one-man show, and in this song he wants more to his life... Colin Hay is a huge hit overseas but I don't hear about him around here for some reason. In an interview he said he continues to be an artist just because he loves the music. He acknowledges the fatc that he will probably not be as popular as the Men at Work were
    goeb2on June 17, 2005   Link

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