"Wait" as written by Sarah McLachlan...
Under a blackened sky
Far beyond the glaring streetlights
Sleeping on empty dreams
The vultures lie in wait
You lay down beside me then
You were with me every waking hour
So close I could feel your breath
When all we wanted was the dream
To have and to hold that precious little thing
Like every generation yields
The new born hope unjaded by their years
Pressed up against the glass
I found myself wanting sympathy
But to be consumed again
Oh I know would be the death of me
And there is a love that's inherently given
A kind of blindness offered to appease
And in that light of forbidden joy
Oh I know I won't receive it
When all we wanted was the dream
To have and to hold that precious little thing
Like every generation yields
The newborn hope unjaded by their years
You know if I leave you now
It doesn't mean that I love you any less
It's just the state I'm in
I can't be good to anyone else like this
When all we wanted was the dream
To have and to hold that precious little thing
Like every generation yields
The new born hope unjaded by their years


Lyrics submitted by kevin

"Wait" as written by Anthony Paul Grantham Jaime Brian Harding

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General CommentI think this song is about having a baby. she really wants one...but it just isn't hapening.
    "When all we wanted was the dream
    to have and to hold that precious little thing"
    I think not being able to have one makes her unable to stay with this man.
    "You know if I leave you now
    It doesn't mean that I love you any less
    it's just the state I'm in
    I can't be good to anyone else like this"

    this song is a beauty. i love the beat.
    Empirer85on July 02, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI am shocked that no one has commented on this gorgeous, meaningful song. It basically sounds like it's about a relationship where both people had a lot of dreams and those dreams have been shattered, and now she is jaded, but she wishes she could go back to innocence.
    butterflydreamson May 06, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't know what it means truly but this song has always haunted me... one of my earliest favourite Sarah songs.
    Heliamphoraon November 24, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't know what it means truly but this song has always haunted me... one of my earliest favourite Sarah songs.
    Heliamphoraon November 24, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI also love the beat. Here's an interpretation:

    She's singing from the viewpoint of an alcoholic (i.e. addict to whatever drug of choice) in a broken relationship and has come to terms that she needs a break from her habit first before she can attempt a try at the "dream" of "that precious little thing." ANyhow, I still love this song because of the emotional entry of that synth piano riff.

    Peace
    daedoloson December 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is truly haunting, the backround music is makes it sound very somber, but it is beautiful, and I like the lyrics too. "You know If I leave you now, It doesn't meant that I love you any less. . ."
    cay15on April 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenttruly beautiful song
    cay15on October 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe opening verse is an image of sterile dark wasteland, no people, no light. Her partner is very close, perhaps too close, but she feels isolated.

    The chorus talks about how they wanted a child.

    Pressed up against the glass...one of the viewing windows where you can see babies in the hospital? It makes her want the child she can't have even more the automatic love of a child for a mother but it would be the "death of her". She has a medical problem that keeps her from carrying safely.

    The song ends with her walking out on her man. The relationship has broken on their failed attempt to have a child.
    Letmeinon May 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentTo me this is a song about failed (or failing) marriage and depression. She's feeling smothered, he's always around and she has no time for herself or her dreams. She maybe feels guilty that the relationship is ending ('to have and to hold'). The 'blindness offered to appease' is her going along with it all cos it's easier for her. And finally, she can't take it anymore; she has to leave, mostly because she had no business being in the relationship to begin with ('the state I'm in...') because of her condition.
    reiko7176on March 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentMy personal take on this song. I sturggled for many years and through a lot of fertility tretament to have a baby. During that time this song resonated depely within me as how I felt. When youw ant a baby and can't have one - how the longing can destroy the love you have with your partner.

    "You know if I leave you now
    It doesn't mean that I love you any less
    it's just the state I'm in
    I can't be good to anyone else like this"

    Can't tell you the number of times I want tot "leave" my husband so he could be with someone more fertile who wouldn't be this terribly sad and painful person, longing for the impossible dream.
    This song still reminds me of the darkness I felt. I don't know if the intention of the lrycis is to allude to longing for a baby but I have often wanted to ask SM herself to find out.
    Majikthizeon August 25, 2008   Link

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