"The Waiting" as written by and Tom Petty....
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    General CommentWaiting for anything is the hardest part, the anticipation just kills you. The wait is just one more obstacle we have to overcome to get what we want (and maybe the distance).
    ChaosFluro24on September 14, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI always wondered if this song was about expecting a baby.
    Laursauruson July 09, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think that this song is being away from his special girl. I mean if you listen in the begining he is describing the elation he has when he is with her. He also states how hes had so many other women, but none can compare to the love she gives him. I dont know, thats just what i get out of the song. my girl and i go to different colleges, and when ever i here this song it seems like it was written for us.
    Eat a Peachon September 26, 2004   Link
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    Song MeaningI think shed 27 is right. That makes sense. It also works for anyone who's ever had to wait on something or someone. (That applies to all of us, doesn't it?) For me, it reminds me of someone I dated awhile back. I would get so excited at the prospect of meeting her or just getting an e-mail or phone call from her that I could hardly wait. "The waiting is the hardest part", just like the song says.
    rockinazon August 23, 2009   Link
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    General CommentTo me this song applies to my life right now. I just met this really fantastic girl, and we hit it off really really well, I mean, scarily well. I'm just waiting to see if it's going to turn out the way I want it to or if it's just going to be only one of those fantastic nights that never happen again. But waiting, anticipating anything that could be potentially wonderful is difficult, and is the hardest part.
    monkeyninjaon October 25, 2009   Link
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    General CommentYeah I screw around on you,and no you don't. But don't let that kill you inside,cos
    I'm really worht it. forget about throwing in the towel and fining a decent man who will
    treat you good...lol thats what that song is about.
    He does it,because he can.And she's a good person and would never cheat...
    Thia007on November 20, 2011   Link
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    General Commenttom said that it was the anticipation b4 playing a gig...how hard it was to wait to get on stage....but for anyone else it fits just about everything, waiting for something u want is hard..seems like the clock ticks way slower
    shed27on June 24, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis is such a great song. Tom just has this way of conveying a simple lyric in such a way that it is dripping with emotional salavation. Especially the last line in this case:

    "...I might have chased a couple women around
    All it ever got me was down
    Then there were those that made me feel good
    But never as good as I'm feeling right now
    Baby you're the only one that's ever known how
    To make me wanna live like I wanna live now"

    The way he delivers those lines is so sincere. If HE wasn't singing them, perhaps we wouldn't believe them?

    I've yet to hear a cover version of a Petty song I've liked. Maybe this is why? Tom's songs lend themselves uniquely to him and the heartbreakers.
    LolaBaton November 28, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song reminds me of the Chicago White Sox. When the sox won the World Series in '05, ESPN made a collage of the team's highlights to this song. It was such a perfect song for the moment.
    pikespiceon October 08, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthey had this song play during the promos for 40 year old virgin..haha
    thepamphleteeron January 18, 2007   Link

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