Hold me closer, one more time,
Say that you love me in your last goodbye,
Please forgive me, for my sins,
Yes, I swam dirty waters,
But you pushed me in,
I've seen your face, under every sky,
Over every border and on every line,
You know my heart, more than I do,
We were the greatest, me and you,

But we had time against us,
And miles between us,
The heavens cried,
I know I left you speechless,
But now the sky has cleared and it's blue,
And I see my future in you,

I'll be waiting for you when you're ready to love me again,
I'll put my hands up,
I'll do everything different,
I'll be better to you,
I'll be waiting for you when you're ready to love me again,
I'll put my hands up,
I'll be somebody different,
I'll be better to you,

Let me stay here for just one more night,
Build your world around me,
And pull me to the light,
So I can tell you that I was wrong,
I was a child then, but now I'm willing to learn,

But we had time against us,
And miles between us,
The heavens cried,
I know I left you speechless,
But now the sky has cleared and it's blue,
And I see my future in you,

I'll be waiting for you when you're ready to love me again,
I'll put my hands up,
I'll do everything different,
I'll be better to you,
I'll be waiting for you when you're ready to love me again,
I'll put my hands up,
I'll be somebody different,
I'll be better to you,

Time against us,
Miles between us,
Heavens cried,
I know I left you speechless,
Time against us,
Miles between us,
Heavens cried,
I know I left you speechless,
I know I left you speechless

I'll be waiting
I'll be waiting for you when you're ready to love me again,
I'll put my hands up,
I'll do everything different,
I'll be better to you,
I'll be waiting for you when you're ready to love me again,
I'll put my hands up,
I'll be somebody different,
I'll be better for you,



Lyrics submitted by -_Rebs_-

"I'll Be Waiting" as written by Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, Paul Richard Epworth

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, EMI Music Publishing

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  • +2
    General Comment:This is one of the bests of 21. There's something I love about a female artist who can sing songs about times when she has mistreated someone in a relationship. It's such a breath of fresh air because you often only hear the other side, and it doesn't always happen that way.
    PurplePantheron May 15, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:I think the meaning of this song is pretty straight-forward. I heard it and loved it. I admire her willingness to put her pride aside and try, for love. On top of that, putting aside things in the past that seemed to have ruined this relationship shes writing about.

    'Yes, I swam dirty waters,
    But you pushed me in'

    She is saying sorry but also tells us that he played a part in their previous demise.

    'You know my heart more than I do'

    In my opinion, this line leaves her defenseless towards him. Very scary position to be in, especially if shes unsure if he still feels anything for her. But shes willing to try, hard, no matter how much shes been hurt, shes putting him first now.

    'I'll be waiting for you when you're ready to love me again,
    I put my hands up,
    I'll do everything different'

    BECAUSE...

    '...now the sky has cleared and it's blue,
    And I see my future in you'

    I wonder if this was written before 'Rolling in The Deep?' Just Kidding. I hope it wasnt and I hope she was finally given the opportunity to put her hands down and wrap them around this man.

    FreshStartberrieson June 26, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation:I think this one is pretty clear. I think basically they broke up and moved away from each other. Now that she has thought things over and seen more of the world, so to speak, and she knows that he was the right guy for her. Now she is ready to be back together if he will give her a chance. She is more grown-up and ready to be a better girlfriend.
    alix2468on January 27, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:this song seems so hopeful to me.like she knows she screwed up but knows the potential is boundless.and you get the impression it will happen. Adele=Amazing
    dooglepopon May 17, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:On first view this song seems pretty straight, but i think the true meaning is a bit more hidden.
    To my mind it is about a person (in the following "her") who is about to die the next days and who has neglected her
    her relationship to God an is now hoping to renew this relationship. She hopes that God still loves her and she can gain entrance to heaven after her death.

    Hold me closer one more time, -> Hoping for new attention from "above"
    Say that you love me in your last goodbye, -> "last goodbye" shows that she's going to die
    Please forgive me for my sins, -> biblic phrase
    Yes, I swam dirty waters,
    But you pushed me in, -> "you created the world an challenges that i had to face during my life"
    I've seen your face under every sky, |
    Over every border and on every line, |
    You know my heart more than I do, |
    We were the greatest, me and you, |-> God is where I am / God is everywhere and God knows all of his sheeps better than they know themselves

    But we had time against us,
    And miles between us, -> she has negelcted the relationship
    The heavens cried,
    I know I left you speechless,
    But now the sky has cleared and it's blue, -> a nature-mataphor. sky <=> heaven
    And I see my future in you -> i hope God will welcome me in heaven.

    I'll be waiting for you when you're ready to love me again,
    I put my hands up, -> to the sky/ to where you are, hoping you see me...
    I'll do everything different,
    I'll be better to you, -> promise: I'll never neglect my belief again...
    I'll be waiting for you when you're ready to love me again,
    I put my hands up,
    I'll be somebody different,
    I'll be better to you,

    Let me stay here for just one more night, -> let me live for only a little longer
    Build your world around me, -> first focus on the rest of the world and come back to me later
    And pull me to the light, -> fetch me here and bring me to heaven/ thing you see when you're dying
    So I can tell you that I was wrong,
    I was a child then, but now I'm willing to learn, -> she admits her faults.
    qwertzuion January 23, 2012   Link

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