The song was made as a tribute to Christy Muhaw of The Flirts, who tragically passed away in a road accident in 1984 at the age of 23....
Wait, wait
I never had a chance to love you
Now I only want to say I love you one more time

Wait, just a moment before our love will die
'Cause I must know the reason why we say goodbye
Wait, just a moment and tell me why
'Cause I can show you lovin' that you won't deny

I said wait, and show your lovin' like it was before
'Cause I won't let that feelin' walk out through the door
I said wait, just a moment and try once more
'Cause babe, I need to hold you like I did before

So if you go away, I know that I will follow
'Cause there's a place inside my heart that tells me
Hold out, hold out, hold out, oh baby

Wait, wait
I never had a chance to love you
Wait, wait
If only our love could show you
Wait, wait
I never want to be without you
Wait, wait
No, I never had a chance to love you
Now I only want to say I love you one more time

So if you go away, I know that I will follow
'Cause there's a place inside my heart that tells me
Hold out, hold out, hold out, oh baby

Wait, wait
I never had a chance to love you
Wait, wait
If only our love could show you
Wait, wait
I never want to be without you
Wait, wait
No, I never had a chance to love you
Now I only want to say I love you
Baby, I'm begging you, baby
No, I never had a chance to love you


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"Wait" as written by Vito Bratta Mike Tramp

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General CommentThis is very beautiful song from White Lion. It is about "wanting to know the reason of the break up" and "trying ways to get back together." It is about relationship on the verge of breaking up..
    letitrockon October 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI don't think this song is about groupies or high school relationships. It seems to me that the girlfriend didn't feel cared for and appreciated, so she's getting ready to leave. Meanwhile, the singer feels that he's never really expressed his emotions for the girl, hence the "Wait, I never had a chance to love you." There's a definite wish for closure here, and a realization of what would be missing if the relationship ended.
    goddesscarolineon January 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAll of you guys are WRONG. This song is about Christy Muhaw (the girl in the music video). She died in a horrible car accident at the age of 23 before White Lion made Wait. This song was for her.
    forumtrollon December 06, 2013   Link
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    General CommentIt seems very high-schoolish to me, where someone breaks up with you and you are like "Why?" Maybe I just feel that way because I was in high school when this song came out. I LOVE Mike Tramp & White Lion though. They were so fabulous. Did you know they had a cameo in the Tom Hanks movie The Money Pit? I love that trivia bit (and that movie).

    Actually, I really think it is about groupies. They spend one night with the band members and then think they are in love, and follow the band to different concerts. Everyone believes that if they could just get that hot musician guy alone they would see how perfect they are together.
    boxermom1004on March 31, 2005   Link
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    General CommentActually a correction on my comment, I meant to post the following...

    Boy meets girl,
    Boy and girl fall in love,
    Boy and girl have fight
    Girl leaves boy for good
    Boy begs her to stay
    Girl wants nothing to do with boy,
    Boy gets pissed and says "wait just a minute!"
    Girl doesn't give him a chance
    Boy has broken heart

    He tries to save the relationship and uses the "I never had a chance to love you" line. Meaning he was stupid for never showing his true colors. Now that she's leaving, he sees the mistake he made with her.

    Sorry about that, folks!
    Coronaboyon March 24, 2007   Link
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    MemoryforumtrollI... I must say, being a lead guitarist in an 80s cover band at that time in rock history, hailing from the same area in NJ... Your prospective is certainly feasible.. The songs inspiration could actually be a bit of everyones pov here... Much Love ... Joey Marraccino
    joseph1015on May 29, 2016   Link
  • -1
    General CommentBoy meets girl,
    Boy wants girl,
    Girl wants nothing to do with boy,
    Boy gets pissed and says "wait just a minute!"
    Girl doesn't give him a chance
    Boy has broken heart

    Ladies... are you paying attention here? ;)

    Yes, it's that simple folks. :)
    Coronaboyon March 24, 2007   Link

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