"I've Been Waiting" as written by and Matthew Sweet....
When you said to me
You are not so old
Did I know it then?
'Cause I had just been told
I didn't think I'd find you
Perfect in so many ways
But I've been waiting [waiting]
And I want to [have you]
I've been waiting [waiting]
And I want to
The secret on your lips
That nobody knows
Gentle in your eyes
You can wear my clothes

I didn't think I'd find you
Perfect in so many ways
But I've been waiting [waiting]
And I want to [have you]
I've been waiting [waiting]
And I want to [have you]
I've been waiting [waiting]
And I want to

I've been waiting [waiting]
I've been waiting [waiting]
I've been waiting [waiting]
I've been waiting [waiting]



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"I've Been Waiting" as written by Matthew Sweet

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    General CommentI would agree that's at least part of it. There are some songs when one verse really does define the the song, and other when I think it's easy to think that.
    For this one, I think it is easy to latch on the "I want to have you," line, but listening to the CD, he uses that phrase a lot. Maybe it's because he really wants to get laid, or maybe that's just a phrase he uses?

    In any case though, I think there's more to it than that. "I didn't think I'd fine you pefect in so many ways," that seems to imply there's at least more than a physical attraction going here.

    The line that catche smy interest the most, though, is the "When you said to me 'you are not so old.'" Allmusic seems to think that means that the girl in the song is a lot younger than him, but I'm not so sure. Perhaps they're both about the same age, and she was reassuring him that he's not getting old or anything. I prefer the second one, but the first seems very possible to me as well.
    TheSilverNobleon April 13, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI also believe that the line "you are not so old" could refer to being in love with an older woman who sees him as a child
    This could possibly be a bit of a story about having a crush on one of your mothers friends or something.
    FoolMonkeyon June 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love how mellow this song is, and how it hides its true meaning. Most people think it's romantic, where Matthew is writing from the POV of a horn dog trying to get laid.
    ratanxon August 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe video for this song has Lum from the anime Urusei Yatsura. that anime eventually got me into Matthew Sweet. i love this song...
    Ted Bannanaon September 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentActually, the woman is saying to him "you're not so old" so maybe it's about jailbait? Or at least a woman much younger than he is?
    ratanxon September 11, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJailbait, defiantly.
    SimonG2k9on December 31, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis was the first song Matthew ever wrote for his wife Lisa who he was dating at the time. They are close to the same age so thesilvernoble is correct.
    rabidsweetieon April 01, 2010   Link
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    General CommentKick ass song on a kick ass album. This one never gets old. I also love the line "I want to haaaave you"
    PappyHabon March 20, 2012   Link

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