"Waiting in the Weeds" as written by and Steuart Smith Don Henley....
It's coming on the end of August.
Another summer's promise almost gone.
And thought I heard some wise men say that every dog will have his day,
He never mentioned that these dog days get so long.

I don't know when I realized the dream was over.
Well, there was no particular hour, no given day.
You know it didn't go down in flames,
There was no final scene, no frozen frame,
I just watched it slowly fade away.

And I've been waiting in the weeds,
Waiting for my time to come around again.
And hope is floating on the breeze,
Carrying my soul high up above the ground.
And I've been keeping to myself,
Knowing that the seasons are slowly changing.
Even know you're with somebody else,
He'll never love you like I do.

I've been biding time with the crows and sparrows,
While peacocks prance and strut up on the stage.
If finding love is just a dance, proximity and chance,
You will excuse me if I skip the masquerade.

And I've been waiting in the weeds,
Waiting for the dust to settle down.
Along the back roads, running through the fields,
Lying on the outskirts of this lonesome town.
And I imagine sunlight in your hair, you're at the county fair,
You're holding hands and laughing,
And now the Ferris Wheel has stopped,
You're swinging on the top, suspended there with him,
And he's the darling of the chic, playboy of the week,
The flavor of the week is melting down your pretty summer dress, baby what a mess you're making.

I've been stumbling though some dark places,
And I'm following the cloud.
I know I've fallen out of your good graces
It's all right now.

And I've been waiting in the weeds,
Waiting for the summer rain to fall.
Upon the wild birds, scattering the seeds,
Answering the calling of the
Tide's Eternal tune, the phases of the moon,
The chambers of the heart, the egg and dart.
A small gray spider spinning in the dark,
In spite of all the times the web is torn apart.

And I've been waiting in the weeds,
Waiting for my time to come around again.
And hope is floating on the breeze,
Carrying my soul high up above the ground.
And I've been keeping to myself,
Knowing that the seasons are slowly changing.
Even know you're with somebody else,
He'll never love you like I do.


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"Waiting in the Weeds" as written by Steuart Smith Don Henley

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    General CommentI heard this song for the first time randomly on Deep Tracks (XM) on my way home from work the day after my significant other of 13 years told me it was over....It's almost like Don and the boys were speaking directly to me, about me. It was an incredible moment and made me once again realize how very important music is to the soul......there's always a song out there. I think the lyrics speak for themselves....I really like the bidding time with crows and sparrows verse......Great Song.
    jaco944on December 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI too adore this song and think it's one of Henley's greatest works lyrically.
    I think it's a continuation (or possibly conclusion) of his theme of Lost Idealism and disillusionment.
    It ends hopefully, which hasn't always been the case.

    I think this theme can be seen as early as Certain Kind of Fool, After the Thrill is Gone, The Last Resort, and The Sad Cafe.

    Henley's solo work continues the theme with Dirty Laundry, Boys of Summer, End of the Innocence...

    This song may be his finest work lyrically.

    I don't know when I realized the dream was over.
    There was no particular hour, no given day.
    You know, it didn't go down in flame.
    There was no final scene, no frozen frame.
    I just watched it slowly fade away.

    It's the brutal acknowledgement that our dreams that we let go of don't happen because of life changing events, they fade over time cognizantly.

    "Some of the dreams came true, some just passed away, and some of them stayed behind inside the Sad Cafe"


    But whereas in previous songs this theme was mourned, like a death to our own humanity. Here, he says that just because they faded once, doesn't mean its gone forever. There's a chance for that moment to come around again.

    As the allusion turns to a woman he lost...

    "I've been stumbling through some dark places, but i'm following the plow.
    I know I've fallen out of your good graces, but it's all right now."

    And although the time has past, he's still hoping that his turn will come around again. Like the grey spider who keeps building the web after each time it's been torn down.

    Hope is on the breeze.

    blueline99on June 08, 2010   Link
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    General CommentTo me think it's about a second chance, and I can relate to that. Me and my girlfriend recently broke up, and I live in hope that we can make another go of it. We're right for each other, just not now and I think this song pretty much sums it up.
    JrnyFan4Lifeon December 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI heard somewhere it was about, Don and the Eagles. ie Waiting in the Weeds before releasing another album.

    "I've been biding time with the crows and sparrows,
    While peacocks prance and strut up on the stage.
    If finding love is just a dance, proximity and chance,
    You will excuse me if I skip the masquerade."

    I think above, he is talking about all these so called artists who are purely manufactured record company puppets with no talent,and that they were/are purely waiting for the public to get sick of these talentless has beens, before the real Bands/ Artists are/ were back in flavour again.

    Good use of pun,how he says he was "waiting with the crows and sparrows" when he is an Eagle!
    deputydickon February 19, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti always seee life as waiting in the weeds.. you don't involve yourself in the doings of others "the weeds" because you know only harm will come... and the birds scattering the seeds is symbolic as well.. the seeds are what we wait for (things of promise and love).. if we wait for the "rain" the truth will be revealed. the seasons are changing and the summer rain will be falling... the man in the song loves the woman with another man.. but she is just another weed in the garden of love.. he is waiting for his flower to bloom.
    he will know when his flower comes along because he will not have to put on a show or compete to attract the person he is waiting for... the person will truly see who he is and love him.

    This song is like a coin it can be about love or the music industry.. because the eagles are of true talent.. most people are too blinded by the media to even know what true music is..
    REALLY: does 50 cent or any of that rap "music" today compare with the eagles??
    it's sad that i am 16 years old and most of this great music is being lost to the people of this time..
    i will never let it fade away.
    thomas99on August 22, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI'm absolutely astounded by the lack of comments on this song. Clearly one of the best Mr Henley has ever written. To me it shows how everything can change in a split second, it doesn't have to be a big event, but it can change your life forever. "There was no final scene, no frozen frame. I just watched it slowly fade away."

    I also see it as somebody who has been hurt in love, and simply cannot move on. It's hard when you're on the receivng end and even though the other person has moved on, you're stuck in the rut. And how you're probably never going to lvoe anybody like you've loved that person. How it hurts seeing them with anybody else other than you.

    Don Henley has created a masterpiece with this. This and Jackson Browne's 'Sky Blue and Black' are two of the most haunting songs ever.
    Kyliec88on December 01, 2009   Link

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