You could be waiting for a day that won't come
And you could be so much more than you've become
And I have found my feet 257 weeks
But you could be waiting for a day that won't come

You could be waiting for your life to begin
And you could be so much more than, than you've been
And I have found my feet 257 weeks
But you could be waiting for your life to begin

And it's so sad you're so good and I'm so bad
But you won't see me wasting the best thing I ever had
And it's such a shame that I can't tell you anything
You won't hear me still you endear me now, yeah

Hard to see past the window facing forward looking back
Over years spent tracing wondering how you left your track
Underwater breathing burns your lungs and breaks your back
But you could be waiting right here for a day that won't come

And it's so sad you're so good and I'm so bad
But you won't see me wasting the best thing I ever had
And it's such a shame that I can't tell you anything
You won't hear me still you endear me now, yeah

Yeah, yeah

You could be waiting for your life to begin
And you could be so much more than, than you've been
And I have found my feet 257 weeks
But you could be waiting for your life to begin

And it's so sad you're so good and I'm so bad
But you won't see me wasting the best thing I ever had
And it's such a shame that I can't tell you anything
But you won't hear me still you endear me

And it's so sad you're so good and I'm so bad
But you won't see me wasting the best thing I ever had
And it's such a shame that I can't tell you anything
You won't hear me still you endear me now, yeah

Still you endear me now, yeah
Still you endear me now



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    bad relationship? he wants it to sound like she is better than him? i'm not sure on this one ;/

    dashboard kidon May 26, 2002   Link
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    yeah ... this is how I felt during the last months of my last relationship.

    see, boyfriend and I were well and good (best friends to boot) until we went off to our separate colleges, a thousand miles apart. I enjoy drinking, while he is militantly straight edge and gets all upset if ANYONE drinks at all. he would always feel threatened if I was good friends with a guy, and I developed a few really close friendships with some guys I met at college. he was the sweetest guy ever, though, a terrific boyfriend, and in no way would I ever want to hurt him; so I just had to start leaving big chunks of my life when I'd talk to him.

    about that time I picked up my copy of "the madding crowd", which I hadn't listened to in a while, and listened. 257 weeks just really stood out. the lines "and it's so sad, you're so good and I'm so bad / but you won't see me wasting the best thing I ever had / and it's such a shame that I can't tell you anything / you won't hear me / still you endear me now"

    So...yeah. This is about a relationship where open, honest, communication has taken a backseat to him not wanting to hurt her.

    catherinekson June 04, 2002   Link
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    This song isn't about a bad relationship to me. It seems more like the story of a guy unenable to get off a girl and who keeps on waiting eternally and when he sings this song he decides to move on."You could be waiting for your life to begin"=>or start your life right now by moving on to something else."And it's so sad,/You're so good and I'm so bad!"=>you dont like me cuz Ive got plenty of failings and and of course you are perfect! too bad for you, you dont know what your missing."But you won't see me wasting the best thing I've ever had!"=>you dont like who I am,well Im not gonna change for you cuz I like myself. So have a nice life being so narrow-minded! Youre missing the best you could have. Well that's what this song means to me.And that's why I love it so much. I was exactly in the same situation as that guy, and after listening to this song 3 times I totally moved on to something else, and now I feel sorry for that girl.. so sad!..Nine days is a great band,so how come they're so unknown?

    desperado_88on August 06, 2002   Link
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    I don't really think this is about a relationship at all, but I'm probably wrong. To me it's interpreted as if someone has alot of talent, but they never try to get anywhere in life. They just keep slacking off, and never get anywhere in life. It sounds like he's singing it to a friend or another person, who might possibly want to have all his talent, and he's saying that they have way more talent than him, and that they're problem is they never try.

    "But you won't see me wasting the best thing I've ever had. " Meaning, he's not wasting his talent away.

    And

    "You won't hear me still you endear me now!..." The friend idolizes his talent, and he tells them they have plenty of talent too, yet they don't really listen, yet still endear him.

    "Over years spent tracing wondering how you left your track. Underwater breathing burns your lungs and breaks your back, And you could be waiting right here for a day that won't come..."

    The person just sits around, wondering how they got in such a bad position in life, depressed. When he says the Underwater breathing it reminds me of how it may take hard-work to become famous or get a really good job, but in the end, you won't be sitting around waiting for something to come to you. You got to go to it.

    Well, that's just my opinion. When I hear this song, I think of that. Yeh.

    And desperado, I don't know why they're unknown. ..They're really good.

    Kippixinon March 23, 2003   Link
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    this song is about how long it took nine days to finally make it and its saying how he struggled to make it to where he is now

    alwaysmonday29on March 29, 2003   Link
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    i mostly agree with kippixin. not entirely about the whole talent thing. but definately about how this is not a song about a bad relationship.

    this is the best song though. one of my favorites off of the madding crowd.

    clara

    lost.faithon April 20, 2003   Link
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    i agreed with kipixin, I really don't think this song is about a relashonship. I think it is about enjoying life, living right now! I think hampson is saying that sometimes we live thinking in a day that we don't know if it is even gonna come, so instead of living your life, the moment and present you keep wondering if that day is going to come. So don't let things slip! live right now!

    punker girlon June 27, 2003   Link
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    i think that its about a girl who's too afraid to live and make mistakes, and there's a guy who's not a great role model but is living life to the fullest... "but you wont see me wasting the best thing i've ever had"

    Sportzstar107on December 29, 2006   Link
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    I agree with Kipixin on this one. This song has possibly one of the best lines I've ever heard

    "And it's so sad, your so good and I'm so bad. But you you won't see me wasting the best thing I ever had"

    Snhron March 27, 2008   Link
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    I think it's about a past relationship and the fact that it took nearly 5 yaers (257 weeks) to get past it and move on to the next one.

    wmtrfm1on March 23, 2009   Link

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