"Wasted Years" as written by and Richard W./spiegel Penniman....
Slow is the memory
I can picture her standing right in front of me
I said that I'm behaving badly
Kinda driving her crazy
But I know she wants me

I remember everything
Her sweat, it tastes like sugar cane
And sit on top of me, yelling out my fucking name
Until I'm empty
And I know she wants me

But I have already tried to explain myself
It's not that I love someone else
But I can't bear to listen to you cry
I'm sick of all these wasted years
Drown in someone else's tears
You let me down, now I'm hanging you out to dry
Whoa, whoa, yeah yeah yeah yeah

And I'll see you when I get back
Maybe we can get ourselves back on the right track
You touch me there because you know how much I like that
I think that we both need to relax
You know you want me

All the time and everywhere
A happy surface but the underbelly isn't there
And the worst thing is that I don't even really care
And the emptiness is too much to bear

But I have already tried to explain myself
It's not that I love someone else
But I can't bear to listen to you cry
I'm sick of all these wasted years
Drown in someone else's tears
You let me down, now I'm hanging you out to dry

'Cause sometimes I don't know what to do
I'm standing, standing right in front of you
And pray our pain subsides
Can't bare the stare of your teary eyes
I know you feel like it's hard to stay
In fact you may just wanna run away
Now all that I can really say is baby, oh
Deep down you know that

I have already tried to explain myself
It's not that I love someone else
But I can't bear to listen to you cry
I'm sick of all these wasted years
Drown in someone else's tears
You let me down, now I'm hanging you out to dry

I have already tried to explain myself
It's not that I love someone else
But I can't bear to listen to you cry
Sick of all these wasted years
Drown in someone else's tears
You let me down, now I'm hanging you out to dry

Oh no no no
Oh no no no
(We tried, yeah)


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"Wasted Years" as written by Richard W./spiegel Penniman

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    General CommentOh I absolutely adore this song, it's one of my favourites even when I only heard it live. So extremely sexy, to me it expresses how hard it can be to know that the relationship you are in is harmful and going nowhere...but you still can't let go...you are not ready to say goodbye even when it's sophocating you...He's saying "I'm sick of all these wasted years", but at the same time he begs her to get off the phone and be with him once again. Gosh, I know how that hurts, still being caught up by emotion and temptation :(
    Gabigson October 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentGud song yeah . Another peppy tune and jazzy sound backed by Levine's swaying voice. And guys guess what ? Another maroon 5 song with sexual context. LOL. Still gr8 .
    musicaholicon January 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is a cool song! I don't have their new album or anything, but i have their live CD, and this great song is on it. Maroon 5 talks about sex a lot, including this song. The sun has, like, 5 sexual references.
    liveandletdie_16on April 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, There is something about Maroon 5 that you cant help but love. But anyways

    This song to me is about a guy in a relationship Who is tired of his girlfriend crying over an ex boyfriend she has not yet gotten over. He thought that she would get over him a while ago but it hasnt happened (im sick of all wasted years) (A rag for someone elses tears) The gf crying over her ex. So he wants to take a break and maybe it'll be better after they have seperated. (And Ill see you when i get back maybe we could get ourselves back on the right track). but he is not positive that thier relationship can go on until she gets over her ex.
    Thats what it sounds like to me. You know?
    abenatmon April 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI don't think it's crying about an ex as it says "cause I know you want me". I reckon it's more about her wanting him whilst he doesn't want her and is trying to get rid of her but can't as it sounds like he can't leave because of the sex.
    Starting_againon November 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI've loved "Wasted Years" since the first time I ever heard it live, for more than 7 years. I was excited to learn it was going to be on "Overexposed" and I was eager to listen to the studio version. Even though I enjoyed the arragments they did at the beggining of the song, I was dissapointed with the result. I think the song lost its bittersweet feeling, and in my opinion the lyrical changes were absurd. What a pity.
    Gabigson August 03, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThis was originally planned for Maroon 5's debut album Songs About Jane, but didn't make the final track listing. A live performance at the Santa Barbara Bowl was included on the 2005 long player Live - Friday the 13th, but fans had to wait until the deluxe version of the band's 2012 Overexposed for a studio version.


    This samples the Little Richard track "The Rill Thing," which is a popular choice for artists looking for a beat. Pete Rock, Common, and Mos Def have sampled the track as well.
    musicrocks13on November 12, 2012   Link

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