Aboard his ship he stops to stare
Needs to smell her, touch her hair
Say's "I can't be without her"
Tonight he's going to be without her

"It's late now", she say's
Makes her mind up goes to bed
Another night alone without him
Another night alone in Charleston

When I wake to find the solace of
All that we've become
I can't wait to make the promises
I've been leery of

I'll be there waiting for you
In the morning when times have changed
I'll be there through the lies and all
Standing like your soldiers
You hold your secrets
Through the days when I need to be alone
I will wait for you
Through the lies and all

She was left behind so they could stay
God to feel him this she prays
It would make her feel so much better
I want to feel so much better

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I Will Wait Lyrics as written by Dean Felber Darius Rucker

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  • +1
    General Commentdoes "you hold your secrets, through the days i need to be alone" have a deeper meaning or not really?

    i love this song, "i'll be there waiting for you in the morning when the times have changed, i'll be there through the lies and all" reminds me of my best friend :)
    groovinupslowlyon June 03, 2009   Link
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    General CommentUnderrrated hootie song.
    omnivoreronon August 07, 2009   Link
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    General Commenthe says both "lies and all" and "rise and fall". the hootie backlash was in full effect by the point in their career, so this song never got its proper due.
    summerteeth99on January 18, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI never really understood the line "soundtrack of our lives" but this is one of those songs that is part of that soundtrack of my life.

    regarding the meaning of the song, I'm pretty sure its about a man who is a member of the Navy. he is leaving on a deployment for an extended period of time. not being a member of any service, I can only imagine how powerful those feelings of seperation are. especially knowing that a loved one is knowingly placing themselves in harm's way.

    when the band joins in together for the final chorus, it makes the hair on the back of my neck stand on end!
    archerynuton October 15, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. I can't believe no one commented on it yet!
    idungotnosnon May 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyup..its strange no one commented on this song..anyways great song..cheers.
    sage_stonedon July 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song's about a man who's gotta leave to make a better life for his family and he can't bear to leave his girl alone.
    Funny... I know what that's like.
    geekon November 07, 2006   Link
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    General Commentit says "through the rise and fall" not "through the lies and all"...
    dnilbeyedrihton November 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI really like the part "when i wake to find the solace of all that we became..." at the end of the song. it captured perfectly the feeling for those who separated and promised to wait each other.
    Aboywhojustlikemeon July 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis may have been a Navy guy, friend or relative, that Darius knew from his hometown of Charleston, SC which is a Navy base. I've always imagined that the guy is in some sort of special ops, maybe Navy Seals. He has to go on assignments that he can't talk about or can't tell the truth about-'you hold your secrets'- 'throught the lies and all'. 'she was left behind so they could stay'- possibly the wife and kids stayed in Charleston so the kids could stay in their school (great place to raise a family by the way) while the soldier was deployed elsewhere. Many sites incorrectly have the words repeating 'through the lies and all' at the end of the chorus. He does say 'through the rise and fall' which I think is the most important and symbolic line in the song. The rise and fall of the tides meaning the good times and bad times.
    First time I saw this band was in a small club in SC. My first thought was 'wow, what a voice this guy has.' I think they are a very underrated band, Darius is a very underrated singer and songwriter. They got so popular that it sort of backfired on them. The name didn't help them to be taken seriously.
    brad107390on June 02, 2015   Link

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