"Devil's Waitin'" as written by Peter Hayes and Robert Turner....
Out on the corner with cast iron blood
10,000 more with hearts on their own
The say I might die I maybe cold
I may have no Jesus I may have no soul
In prison I hear there's time to be good
But the first thing you see is the last thing you should

Well I've seen the battle and I've seen the war
And the life laying here is the life I've been told
Well I've seen the battle and I've seen the war
And the life laying here is the life I've been sold

They say there's a path soon where I'll stand to judge
But the devils a waiting with Christ like a son
When the look comes your way best say was I
For the reasons you hold give reasons to die
The callings impatient but the calls never won
But the last one to say it may last through the flood

Well I've seen the battle and I've seen the war
And the life laying here is the life I've been sold
Well I've seen the battle and I've seen the war
And the life I have here is the life I've been told

And born in the mirror where life's just begun
And I've roamed from the reasons and roamed to the gun
They say I'm the killer and thy will be done
And the doors won't be open when I finally become

And I've seen the battle and I've seen the war
And the life laying here is the life I've been sold
Yeah I've seen the battle and I've seen the war
And the life laying here is the life I've been told


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"Devil's Waitin'" as written by Robert Turner Peter Hayes

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    Song MeaningI also think that it is important to not ignore the spiritual nature of this song. However, I believe that it is an anti-gospel gospel song. There is a cynical undertone to these lyrics (note-the devil's a waitin with christ like a son). The format of this song is a folk spiritual, but if you analyze the tone and what the lyrics say, this song seems to be about how we need to leave the foolish belief in christianity behind, something that anyone who has faced the realities and hardships of life or developed capacities beyond that of a twelve year old should be able to do. Honestly, this song seems like social commentary on those who cling to their mythology, hoping and praying that the next life will deliver us from the suffering most people on this planet must endure.

    The "condemned" character has done wrong by society's standards(whether it is a criminal or a soldier is unsure to me) and now when facing death all this representative character can do is hope and pray for forgiveness. It is especially important to note the refrain in which the manner in which we live life is "sold/told." There are many lyrics that twist the gospel style to criticize the belief in salvation as we cling to empty institutions while the civility of our world crumbles around us. Most important is how the song ends, which almost every lyrics site leaves out (thanks nopoetic). "Falling fast be we've no cares, we know our lord's gonna meet us there, we pray our lord's gonna meet us there." The first part is a comment on our devolution and the apathy we portray as society goes down the tubes and the second and third come off as a weak and faltering hope that there is a better life than this when all reason tells you that this is it. In essence this song is a comment on the futility of prayer and that our "sins" are real and cannot be undone here on earth, no matter how much we selfishly hope that repentance will undo the harm we cause our fellow humans.
    pinkoblueson August 17, 2011   Link
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    General CommentNo posts? Really? I thought this would have a few, at least. I think he's basically saying he's felt he's done all he can in this life and is ready to die. He could also possibly be patiently waiting for his (or everyones) judgement day. It's a bit jarring really.
    BRMC are too overlooked. I hope that will change with the release of Baby 81.
    TheAbsolutionHowlon April 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree, this song is pretty cool. I would expect at least a couple more comments. Maybe some people just dont appreciat good music like this... or something

    ~Charli
    That_charli_chickon April 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree with theabsolutionhowl.to me it's a very sad song,though not depressing.it seems to me like he's done something very wrong and he won't even say he's sorry because probably he's said it too many times already and it made no difference.and now he has no more reasons to live and is just waiting for his judgment.and he's made peace with it he's ready to go.but that's just my vision of the song
    the pepperminton October 25, 2007   Link
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    General Commentin the style of an old townes van zandt song, when saying "sorry" has always been too late, just say fuck it i'm going to hell. "i'm bored and weary, but lifes just begun. and i've run from the reasons and run to the gun"
    we pray our lords gonna meet us there. lets all just drink whiskey until we choke.
    finfangfoomon March 07, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti think hes passing on advice to people, so they dont get into a big mess aswell.
    'when the look comes your way best say was I, for the reasons you hold give reasons to die'.
    mophead23on August 08, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"In prison I hear there's time to be good
    but the first thing you see is the last thing you should"

    Always loved that line
    mrgrumbleon January 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI love this song!! Its music at its’ best!!

    One thing that confuses me is the lyrics “the devils a waiting with christ like a son”. Could someone tell me what that line means? Or what u think it means
    bolted2musicon February 05, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti've been very impressed with what i've heard from this band. this is one of their best songs. reminds me of dylan. this and mercy are very cool in that way.
    nopoeticon September 29, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthese lyrics are wrong, there are probably 99-100% correct. a few words i'm not sure about.


    out on the corner with cast iron blood
    10,000 no more with hearts on their own
    they say i might die and i maybe cold
    i may have no jesus, i may have no soul
    in prison i hear there's time to be good
    but the first thing you see is the last thing you should

    well i've seen the battle and i've seen the war
    and the life laying here is the life i've been told
    yeah i've seen the battle and i've seen the war
    and the life out here is the life i've been sold

    they say theres a path soon when i'll stand to judge
    but the devil's a-waiting with christ like a son
    when the look comes your way, you best say was i
    for the reasons you hold give reasons to die
    the callings impatient with a cause never won
    but the last one to say it may last through the flood

    well i've seen the battle and i've seen the war
    and the life in here is the life i've been sold
    yeah i've seen the battle and i've seen the war
    and the life out here is the life i've been told

    bridge

    I'm born and weary but lifes just begun
    and i've run from the reasons and roamed to the gun
    and they say i'm the killer and thy will be done
    and the doors won't be open when i finally become

    and i've seen the battle and i've seen the war
    and the life out here is the life i've been sold
    yeah i've seen the battle and i've seen the war
    and the life in here is the life i've been told

    bridge

    falling fast but we've no tears
    you know our lord's gonna meet us there
    we pray our lord's gonna meet us there
    you know our lord's gonna meet us there
    falling fast but we've no cares
    we know our lord's gonna meet us there
    we pray our lord's gonna meet us there
    nopoeticon September 30, 2009   Link

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