"While You Wait for the Others" as written by Christopher Robert Bear, Daniel Raphael Rossen, Christopher M. Taylor and Edward Droste....
To make it all worthwhile
All your useless presentations
Are weighing on my time
You could beg for forgiveness
As long as you like
Or just wait out the evening
And always ask me why
Yes you'll only leave me dry
So I'll ask you kindly to make your way

And what was there
The perfect glare
We all fall through

While you wait on the answers
That I'll pretend to find
Keeping up with emotions
Still occupies our time
You could hope for substance
As long as you like
Or just wait out the evening
And always ask me why
Yes you'll always ask me why
I'll ask you kindly to make your way

And what was left
The perfect glare
We all fall through

And all we want

And what was there
And what was there
And what wasn't there


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"While You Wait for the Others" as written by Edward Droste Christopher Bear

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  • +5
    General CommentWhile you wait for the others to make it all worthwhile
    All your useless pretensions are weighing on my time
    You could beg for forgiveness as long as you like
    Or just wait out the evening
    You’ll only bleed me dry
    Yes you’ll only bleed me dry

    So I’ll ask you kindly to make your way
    And what was left
    A perfect cleft
    We all fall through

    While you wait on the answers that I’ll pretend to find
    Keeping up with the motions still occupies our time
    You could hope for some substance as long as you like
    Or just wait out the evening
    And always ask me why
    Yes you’ll only bleed me dry

    So I’ll ask you kindly to make your way
    And what was left
    A perfect cleft
    We all fall through
    And all we want
    And what was left
    J.Diddyon May 27, 2009   Link
  • +3
    Lyric CorrectionI'm pretty sure it's
    "and what was left
    the perfect cleft
    we all fell through"
    veckatimeston February 14, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThe correct lyrics are extremely important for understanding these rather poetic lyrics. The lyrics are describing a highly emotional situation; well I should say a situation where one person is highly emotional and the other person has taken a removed, dry, upper hand position where they can sit more comfortably in a position that allows them to feign a lack of emotions.

    I could well be wrong but I believe the author of these lyrics is describing a romantic break-up. The vital lyrical clue would be the difference between the lyrics written above "the perfect glare" versus the actual lyrics on the liner notes of the CD "the perfect cleft".

    The word cleft it means: Adjective: Split, divided, or partially divided into two. Noun: A fissure or split, esp. one in rock or the ground.

    Therefore I believe this song is about one person being upset and asking what are the reasons for wanting the break up, with the answer from the author being a rather cold "this is a waste of time, my mind is made up, just move on."
    fortune8on August 09, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti thought it was "yes, you'll only bleed me dry"

    i'm never disappointed by grizzly bear. they've managed to always bring something new to their established sonal ambiance.
    sincereAccidentson August 12, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBeautiful. I don't know what it is about Grizzly Bear that makes them so fantastic, but they get me every time.
    nineandninetyon May 11, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBlackheartCherry is right about cleft.

    On the album version I definitely hear him pronouncing

    "And what was left?
    The perfect cleft"
    pozwalanaon May 15, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI relate to this so much.

    For me, it describes a break-up you know has got to happen, but you don't want it to. You fool yourself into thinking you're working out what's wrong, but you know that the good times are long gone. The chorus, I guess, describes how the break-up is the right thing, the easy thing to do...

    In short- you can't explain what's wrong but you know it's bad, and you know there's no chance of sorting it out.
    leahperon May 21, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwell guys if you actually bothered to buy the CD then you could read the album art work, which clearly states perfect cleft
    humanblob71on August 27, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHaving written my reply to NewRussian, these are what I believe are corrections to the lyrics that are pivotal to the song's meaning:

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    or just wait out the evening
    [and always leave me dry]

    ---------------

    and what was there
    the perfect [cleft]
    we all fall through
    *You can fall through a cleft much more easily than through a glare!*

    ---------------

    while you wait on the answers
    that ill pretend to find
    keeping up with [the motions]
    still occupies our time

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    Thanks for the great start, ThatHansonCover.
    MsWordsmithon August 24, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentall your useless pretensions
    Innisfreeon July 18, 2012   Link

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