"Wasting My Time" as written by and Harry Nilsson....
And if I'm wasting my time
Then nothing could be better
Than hangin' on the line
And waiting for a honest word forever

And if you're saying goodbye
Please don't you think me better
For recalling every rhyme
From the book the page
The line the word the letter

Well the windows turning blue
And the waters ever flowing
And I hope I'm not a fool
For laughing at myself
As you were going


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"Wasting My Time" as written by Jack White

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    General Comment"and if i'm wasting my time
    then nothing could be better
    than hanging on the line
    and waiting for an honest word forever"

    Hes with a girl that is fleeting, he knows its probibly not gonna work out but hes enjoying every minute he has with her, even tho' he might be wasting his time nothing could be better.

    "and if you're saying goodbye
    please don't you think me bitter
    for recalling every rhyme
    from the book the page
    the line the word the letter"

    I think hes looking back reminiscing the good times but mainly looking for what happend to their love.

    "well the windows turning blue
    and the waters ever flowing
    and i hope i'm not a fool
    for laughing at myself
    as you are going"

    here I think he came to the conclusion that he was the one that fucked up and let her go, it wasnt her that was the problem. so hes laughing at him self for being so blind and stupid

    I relate hella much to this song
    this was me not long ago when I let the love of my life go....thats the way I felt
    shottglasson December 17, 2004   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI think it means that he is taking into consideration that he may be wasting his time trying to be with a girl that left him. He doesn't really mind the situation unless she tries to leave out of his life for good. That is when it all comes flooding back to haunt him with everything she ever said that he meticulously analyzed down to the words she used and even the letters.

    Then the last part i think he is comparing life to a car sinking into a large body of water and he is starting to realize that death is eminent as the waters rise over the windows and all around the car. (almost like the winter time simile to getting old in life) Then he starts to show that he really does want to be more than friends with that girl again and hopes all his efforts were not foolish.
    blurp057on October 25, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song really reminds me of my best friend (Jonah) who I completely fell for, and he told me that he wanted to be with me, but not right now because he just wanted to figure things out for himself. Now I'm just waiting, and I'm sick of him playing with my feelings, so I feel like I'm "wasting my time".

    That's not what the song is about, but that's what it reminds me of.

    "and i hope i'm not a fool
    for laughing at myself
    as you are going"

    Because I told him that when he figures things out to give me a call. I hope that wasn't irrational but right now I don't even want him around. I'm bitter as all hell.
    Konstantine14on May 18, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti understand you completely.
    pinkerton92on September 11, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"And If you're saying goodbye
    please don't you think me bitter,
    so recalling every rhyme
    from the book
    the page
    the line
    the word
    the letter"

    IMHO, the best lyrics Jack has ever written
    WeezDayon April 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenttough decision, jacks written some of the greatest stuff ive ever heard...
    but i think this song is pretty self explanitory
    really cool
    neverheardofhimon April 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwell if u fall 4 a friend u dont rly tell them if u dident know that how friend ships get wrecked even if u say when u brake up lets still b friends u dont trust me i have been there and i regret it
    hook ups 8on April 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjust re-heard this live
    its one of those 'jolene' songs
    emotional, definitely
    neverheardofhimon June 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdoes anyone think the last verse has something to do with taking a pregnancy test?
    "well the windows turning blue
    and the waters over flowing..."
    I picture a guy and girl fumbling with the test and waiting for the results.
    blueveinson January 25, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"and if you're saying goodbye
    please don't you think me bitter
    for recalling every rhyme
    from the book the page
    the line the word the letter"

    Sometimes people take words from Valenines cards and such and use them against you in divorce settlements!
    73on May 26, 2007   Link

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