"Wait for Life" as written by and Emile Haynie....
Why you make me work so hard to put on that evening show
When you know that all I want is to make your money grow?
You're like a baby who don't got nowhere to go
I feel you eyeing me, you keep it on the low (on the low, on the low)
But I can't let you in
And I can't keep you out
I wait for life to win
But it never comes around
And I can't hear you call
And I can't hear me shout
I wait for it to break
But it never comes around
Don't know me
I'm lonely
I'm lonely

Why you make me take that shit to put on that evening show
When you know I don't need it?
Better than your version blow
You're like a baby, don't know better, you don't know
You drag me down, you try to keep it on the low
But I can't let you in
And I can't keep you out
I wait for life to win
But it never comes around
And I can't hear you call
And I can't hear me shout
I wait for it to break
But it never comes around

Feel like I'm falling apart
Feel like I'm falling apart
Feel like I'm falling apart
Would you tell me?
Would you tell me?
Would you tell me?
But I can't let you in
And I can't keep you out
I wait for life to win
But it never comes around
And I can't hear you call
And I can't hear me shout
I wait for it to break
But it never comes around
Don't know me
I'm lonely
I'm lonely


Lyrics submitted by creyk

"Wait For Life" as written by Elizabeth Grant Emile Haynie

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    Song MeaningI think this song describes Lana's relationship with things outside of herself which cause distress in her life (mainly the media/her record label) and lets us know how her experiences make her feel

    Why you make me work so hard
    To put on that evening show

    Here Lana talks about the problems she faces in her career as a musician. She loves to make music and she does tours, but promoting the songs is a drag for her, she is shy and a private person, doesn't really like to be the center of cynical, hurtful attention. She perceives many people to be this way. She does not enjoy some aspects of her career, yet she still has to do it.

    When you know that all I want
    Is to make your money grow?


    She is addressing her "money hungry" label who always want to change her and push her to be more commercial, they are dissatisfied with her product. The label benefits from having her and she would be willing to work with them if only she was supported in what she wants to do.

    You're like a baby who don't got nowhere to go
    I feel you eyeing me, you keep it on the low
    (on the low, on the low)


    They act childish towards her - she has a contract, they don't let her go, but they don't want her in the way that she is available to them. They want to change her constantly.

    But I can't let you in
    And I can't keep you out
    I wait for life to mend
    But it never comes around
    And I can't hear you call
    And I can't hear me [shout?]
    I wait for it to break
    But it never comes around

    The chorus addresses the media scrutinizing her and exposing too much about her life, her past, her family. She doesn't want people to dig around in her past yet she is helpless against them, she can't stop people from doing it. She waits for life to mend, to get better, for better things to come but they never seem to arrive. She wants to have a break where she can be more at peace but she only yearns for peace, it is not her actual experience.

    And I'm lonely
    I'm lonely
    I'm lonely


    These events make her feel lonely, being watched by the eye of so many people who misunderstand or judge her. Sometimes you feel the most alone in a crowd. That is how she is. She doesn't find someone who she can trust or someone who relates to her, even though it is imporant her to have a person who she can hold on to.

    Why you make me take that shit
    To put on that evening show
    When you know I don't need it
    Better than your booze and blow?


    Again she laments that with her profession as a musician she has to do many things that she doesn't enjoy. Making music is her favorite part but there is a lot more to it than that.

    In the two final lines, she says she doesn't need all the mainstream success that some would like her to have, it is not a priority for her. She likens those achievements to booze and blow, they put you high but they are also hurtful, they bring even more attention to you and she already had enough of that. She is worried that more attention would cause more problems.

    - -

    (Scatting)
    Feel like I'm falling apart
    (Scatting)
    Feel like I'm falling apart
    (Scatting)
    Feel like I'm falling apart


    Because of the bad experiences, her stability is broken, she is falling apart, she doesn't know how to react what to say, and often gets into uncomfortable situations which give her even more bad reputation. (like the I want to die story) She feels destroyed but she is helpless and can't do much against it.


    Would you tell me?
    Would you tell me?
    Would you tell me?

    But I can't let you in
    And I can't keep you out
    I wait for life to [win/mend/end?]

    But it never comes around
    And I can't hear you call
    And I can't hear me [shout?]
    I wait for it to break
    But it never comes around



    And I'm lonely
    I'm lonely
    I'm lonely

    She is alone - misunderstood, and helpless. Truly a sad song describing the abandonmnet she feels in her position from which she can't really escape.
    creykon January 25, 2015   Link

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