"Wasted Time" as written by and Don Henley Glenn Frey....
Well baby, there you stand
With your little head, down in your hand
Oh, my God, you can't believe it's happening again
Your baby's gone, and you're all alone
And it looks like the end

And you're back out on the street
And you're tryin' to remember
How do you start it over
You don't know if you can
You don't care much for a stranger's touch
But you can't hold your man

You never thought you'd be alone
This far down the line
And I know what's been on your mind
You're afraid it's all been wasted time

The autumn leaves have got you thinking
About the first time that you fell
You didn't love the boy too much, no, no
You just loved the boy to well, farewell

So you live day to day
And you dream about tomorrow, oh
And the hours go by like minutes
And the shadows come to stay
So you take a little something
To make them go away
I could have done so many things, baby
If I could only stop my mind
From wonderin' what I left behind
And from worrying 'bout this wasted time

Ooh, another love has come and gone
Ooh, and the years keep rushing on
I remember what you told me before you went out on your own
Sometimes to keep it together, we got to leave it alone

So you can get on with your search, baby
And I can get on with mine
And maybe someday we will find
That it wasn't really wasted time
Mmm, hmm mm
Oh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, mmm mmm


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"Wasted Time" as written by Don Henley Glenn Frey

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    General CommentDon't let life pass you by. Don't waste all your time doing nothing when you could be really living.
    SomeGirl_Jadziaon August 26, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWhen we're in relationships that fail, and the grief of that failure is still fresh, it's easy to view the time you spent with that person as "wasted", because the relationship ended. You devoted time getting to know someone and sharing yourself with them, and it seems that it's all for naught, because that person no longer desires your company in that capacity. The girl in the song has experienced many such failures, and has become disheartened by them - she's wasted so much time on relationships that she feels weren't worth the investment since they failed her, and she's weary at the prospect of wasting any more.

    However, the point the singer is trying to express is that even though the outcome of these relationships wasn't successful, that doesn't mean the time was wasted, as hard as it may be for the girl to accept in her current emotional state. If you never experience failure, you never learn how to succeed. Although it's unfortunate, sometimes success comes at this price. As Marilyn Monroe once said, "good things fall apart so better things can come together".

    And by the line "to keep it together, we got to leave it alone", he means that we can't try too hard in our pursuits - to achieve that success we desire that always seems like it's taking too long in coming, sometimes we have to stop trying. The dichotomy of "together" and "alone" also express that the relationships, although they represented the togetherness the girl desires, weren't the right ones. In order to finally find the person she wants to be with, she must be by herself for a while longer.

    Very poignant.
    reallyloveyourpeacheson August 24, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThinking about a love I recently let go and this song really sums up just how I feel 2 months on,my interpretation,

    the girl just can't let go of past events in her life which have let her down,she can't move on with her new man,he calls it a day,he's telling her that whilst they did not succeed it wasn't "wasted time" and he hope's one day she will accept the love that any new man in her life give's her,if she does then their relationship wasn't just a "waste of time"
    DJHon February 13, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is about those little relationships that don't matter that don't have meaning although at the time you thought that it did but in the end you find out that it was just 'wasted time'. but then after its all done and broken off you think maybe it was worth it and it did mean something and it wasnt 'wasted time'
    ccass12on July 10, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSimply the greatest song about divorce/relationship loss ever written. Well, maybe next to The Heart of the Matter. But if you have been through the above and not felt many of the feelings in this song, you are not human. Perfect song.
    pomiltonon July 16, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthe's talking about a girl who has had a series of broken relationships, and he's just telling her to slow down and think about what she learned from them, because she keeps repeating her own mistakes. if you learned something, ANYTHING, then it wasn't truly what she apparently referrs to as "wasted time".
    sapphireskieson August 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can't wait to see them live in March. This song will be amazing.
    andrewhambletonon November 29, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhenever you have a bad relationship and you think it was an abolsute waste of time, thats when this song comes in, it is about how previous relationships teach you for your next ones, make you better in them.
    So whenever you get married you don't do the same mistakes, pretty straight meaning here.
    MookieBomberon December 08, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti feel this song is about a woman who loved a man but somehow drove him away. bf after bf she tries to rekindle what she had but she just keeps driving them away. Depressed that she lost the love of her life she is claiming her love to be wasted time. but the singer is telling her someday we will find our love never was wasted time
    Magicblue22on August 22, 2006   Link
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    General Commentto me this song is about a guy and a girl who have broken up. the guy is looking at the experience as a positive one, and feels all relationships are, but the bird is insistant that it was wasted time.

    the guy finally gets through to the girl and she takes the positives from each relationship and moves onto another with lessons learnt and a better outlook on relationships to come.

    btw im not american bt i do say guy alot
    leedslukelad1on April 17, 2007   Link

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