What an amazing time
What a family
How did the years go by?
Now it's only me

Tick-tock
Tick-tock
Tick-tock
Tick-tock
Tick-tock
Tick-tock
Tick-tock
Tick-tock
(La, la, la, la, la, la, la)

Like a cat in heat stuck in a moving car
A scary conversation
Shut my eyes, can't find the brake
What if they say that you're a climber?
Naturally I'm worried if I do it alone
Who really cares? 'Cause it's your life
You never know, it could be great
Take a chance 'cause you might grow
Oh, oh-oh

What you waiting
What you waiting
What you waiting
What you waiting
What you waiting for?
What you waiting
What you waiting
What you waiting
What you waiting
What you waiting for?

Tick-tock
Tick-tock
Tick-tock
Tick-tock
Take a chance you stupid ho

Like an echo pedal, you're repeating yourself
You know it all by heart
Why are you standing in one place? (Uh-huh)
Born to blossom, bloom to perish
Your moment will run out 'cause of your sex chromosome
I know it's so messed up how our society all thinks (for sure)
Life is short, you're capable (uh-huh)
Oh, oh-oh

Look at your watch now
You're still a super hot female
You got your million dollar contract
And they're all waiting for your hot track

What you waiting
What you waiting
What you waiting
What you waiting
What you waiting for?
What you waiting
What you waiting
What you waiting
What you waiting
What you waiting for?

I can't wait to go
Back and do Japan
Get me lots of brand new fans
Osaka, Tokyo
You Harajuku girls
Damn, you've got some wicked style, go

Look at your watch now
You're still a super hot female
You got your million dollar contract
And they're all waiting for your hot track

What you waiting
What you waiting
What you waiting
What you waiting
What you waiting for?
What you waiting
What you waiting
What you waiting
What you waiting
What you waiting for?

What you waiting for?
What you waiting for?
Take a chance you stupid ho

Take a chance you stupid ho
What you waiting for?
What you waiting for?
Take a chance you stupid ho
Take a chance you stupid ho


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What You Waiting For? Lyrics as written by Linda Perry Gwen Stefani

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  • +2
    Song MeaningI cant believe that after reading all of these interpretations that nobody really knows what this song is about. Let me number them to express the meanings of the song clearly.

    1.) this song is specifically about her doubts as a solo artist

    2.) this song also mentions 'sex chromosome' meaning that for female artists, there time 'tick tock' is actually running out.

    3.) She needed to make the album soon because her time was really running out as a 'hot female' and as an artist.

    4.) Stupid ho represents her because thats what society sees her as( 'so messed up how our society all thinks' meaning that because she is a female she will always be seen as a ho.

    5.) Also, I think that ho also represents her doubts about being a mother at 35 since her time is running out as a woman to bear children, she feels the pressure to be a hot artist but still be a mother to conform to society.
    maxilo20on June 21, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is good, not her best but still good none the less. I think it's about her becoming a solo artist after 10 years with a band who is like family to her,

    Naturally I'm worried if I do it alone...
    Who really cares cause it's your life...
    You never know it could be great...
    emotastic kimon October 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song. it's pretty obvious it's about mainstream artists who are too scared to try something new.
    killstaron October 06, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow. This song rocks, its so catchy. I cant wait to hear more of Gwen's album. And yes, this song is about artists that dont want to try something new.
    KillMeFasteron October 08, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI tend to like almost everything by No Doubt/Gwen Stefani..so of course I like this too. Its not as good as some of her other stuff though.. so is no doubt broken up or what? why is she making her own single?
    zenzellaon October 08, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe video is kind of cool it's this sort of alice in wonderland motif but i really thought her single would be better than this she is so much better with No Doubt she uses the same line from the song beauty contest " born to blossom, bloom to perish"
    verucasalt213on October 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song, and the is just one of the best i've seen ina while. If you watch the video you can tell some of these lyrics are wrong x.x.

    "I know its so messed how our society,
    All think..."
    xShatter5Veinzxon October 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this is a great first single for gwen! it captures her eccentric personality and style, not to mention the great video. i think this is about her doubts concerning stepping out alone and having the pressure of the music business, her record company, and basically everyone. she IS a "super hot female" and all eyes are on her and her anticipated solo debut. in the music business anything can destroy you, it all depends on what mood society's in.
    boomerstyleon October 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentactually these lyrics are INCORRECT, i can understand why cause they we're posted before the official release of her cd and video. If you watch the video you can see the lyrics. It's only like one or two lines, i was just stating it. But i have a screenshot.
    [it's not too clear but none the less]
    img.photobucket.com/albums/v64/inmyhead1316/…
    xShatter5Veinzxon October 21, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love the "take a chance, you stupid hooooe"
    clairebabyon October 26, 2004   Link

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