"Watching And Waiting" as written by and Ray/hayward Thomas....
Watching and waiting
For a friend to play with
Why have I been alone so long
Mole he is burrowing his way to the sunlight
He knows there's some there so strong

'Cause here there's lot of room for doing
The thing you've always been denied
Look and gather all you want to
There's no one here to stop you trying

Soon you will see me
'Cause I'll be all around you
But where I come from I can't tell
But don't be alarmed by my fields and my forests
They're here for only you to share

'Cause here there's lot of room for doing
The things you've always been denied
So look and gather all you want to
There's no one here to stop you trying

Watching and waiting
For someone to understand me
I hope it won't be very long


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"Watching and Waiting" as written by Ray Thomas Justin Hayward

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    General CommentConsidering where this song originated from...this song may be about how we're leaving Earth for greener pastures...

    Consider the lines..

    'Cos here there's lots of room for doing
    The things you've always been denied.
    So look and gather all you want to,
    There's no one here to stop you trying.

    I think those lines are about our infinite ability to consume every resource within our purview. I may be right or wrong, but it's worth a listen.

    The Moodies rule!
    OpinionHeadon June 16, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBeautiful song. At the time Justin Hayward thought it would be as big a hit as Nights in White Satin. It wasn't, but it's still a beautiful song.

    In the context of the album (To Our Childrens Childrens Children) this song makes sense. The theme of the album is about travelling through space and the loneliness associated with it. This song closes the album as fitting conclusion to have reached a heaven-like utopia. The "mole burrowing" part (imho) to analagous to travelling thru the dark space of the universe to reach utopia.
    Digi-Gon June 15, 2006   Link
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    My InterpretationI always felt that the song was being sung by God, the creator [my fields and my forests], to tell how he yearned for someone to understand him and that that someone would be man, just as the mole had come out of the ground upward man would arrive, too.
    MoodysRul5on January 30, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationAn utterly amazing song from the deepest part of our longing for connection. The person watching and waiting is our self, yearning for freedom from a sense of isolation.

    Mole is a powerful metaphor for our drive towards fulfillment and meaning. Our wish to accomplish our highest potential; to become enlightened.

    From such attainment (enlightenment) comes freedom. Knowing that we have always been connected to a divine self that experiences unconditional love (lots of room for doing the things you've always been denied).

    (Soon you will see me...) Soon we will attain this freedom and experience all of creation as one, and we will want to share it with others.

    (Watching and waiting For someone to understand me) - This is our separate, isolated self again, suffering with the illusion of aloneness. The ordinary view of the world.

    (I hope it won't be very long) - This is a prayer for enlightenment.
    pinyonjon December 19, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. It's very beautiful. I don't have any definite meaning but I bet it means someone who's free to roam around fields and forests. However, my personal interpretation was one of a person who yearns to meet someone who will truly understand them. This person promises the person that they'll be good to them and that they're free to explore them hence fields and forests. However, I can't quite figure out lines 4-6.
    rubbersoulon May 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAha!
    This album is about leaving earth and the conquest of space-how about this for an idea?-

    i believe it was meant to act as poetry/song sung by, who else, Planet Earth in the first person. when i thought about it like this, some of the lyrics could make sense. Maybe He/She is lonely now that His/Her inhabitants (we, the homo sapiens) have left. trying to persuade us to come back, cuz earth is lonely without us.
    soulblighter08on May 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAwesome song. So true. So very true.
    Patience is a virtue, which is best kept warm.
    powdersnowboyon October 23, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationThe coming of age of mankind and leaving of Womb Earth. There in space we will have the room and resources to continue to grow, and fallow our dreams.
    terrorpodon September 04, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song is sung from the perspective of the undiscovered planet that can see the ship from earth making its way through space and can't wait for humanity to arrive.

    The chorus talks about how great it will be when they arrive since no one currently inhabits the planet.

    The second stanza talks about the mystery of another habitable planet in the universe - it doesn't know why it exists and hopes the humans that arrive will give the planet meaning.

    The last stanza echoes all of these ideas - the undiscovered planet is floating in space, waiting for the astronauts to discover it and give the planet a reason to exist.
    jag216on March 04, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationI never knew much insight into the Mooby Blues songs, but they have always been one of my favorites. I always love the many interpretations their songs conjure.

    For me Watching and Waiting was was always about discovery of things. You never knew you could do the things you can, because you never tried or someone has never pointed it out to you - but it was always in front of you.

    In the meantime you take the low road and sit and wait for something to happen to you. Its suggesting you take things upon yourself, and get your life going. Everything you need is already here.
    richtestanion March 08, 2015   Link

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