"matte kudasai" as written by Adrian Belew, William Scott Bruford, Robert Fripp and Anthony Charles Levin....
Still, by the window pane,
Pain, like the rain that's falling.
She waits in the air,
Matte Kudasai.
She sleeps in a chair
In her sad America.

When, when was the night so long,
Long, like the notes I'm sending.
She waits in the air,
Matte Kudasai.
She sleeps in a chair
In her sad America.

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"Matte Kudasai" as written by Anthony Charles Levin Adrian Belew

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  • +2
    General CommentLove those seagulls by Adrian! Yes, beautiful chord sequences.
    drds63on March 30, 2005   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationThis strikes me as a story of longing, of a Japanese woman who has travelled to the USA on a long business trip, separating her from her partner back home. She sits in the chair of her hotel room at night, gazing out the window over a bleak, rainy, foreign city. She wishes she could be back home, or have her partner with her, but knows she can't, and just has to sit it out until they can reunite. Deep down, she fears that maybe it will be too long; maybe they won't.

    "Please wait."
    pie21on November 04, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Comment Ya, but - inpraiseoffolly I think you might give some credit to the way Adrian Belew etc has managed to make music express the emotion of what is not being laid out clearly by the lyrics.

    In fact, the great lyrics often leave the meaning to be decided on by the listeners, or that they lyrics could be interpreted differently for each listener, for them to apply to their own lives or experiences [like "Stairway to Heaven"?]

    I picture an old black woman sitting there, waiting, waiting... probably waiting to die of old age... the "sad america" she sees out her front door..

    Whatever, it is a beautifull song.
    Karlinon August 28, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBeautiful song. One of my favorites from King Crimson. Matte Kudasai - Please Wait For Me in Japanese.
    MrLongroveon March 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAlso really like the high kind of sound that keeps coming back, i think it's a guitar. Anyway, i think it's a beautiful song. One of my favourites from the album.
    Age old moodson September 16, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it could be about the Statue of Liberty.
    JMartinon July 04, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThis must be about a Japanese woman who lives in America now and is lonely.

    Japanese because of the 'matte kudasai', which means"'please wait'.Clearly she waits on the phone: 'she waits in the air'. Obviously she is trying to contact family or a friend in Japan. She is not a traveller like a tourist or a business woman: it is HER sad America.

    Why she sleeps in a chair is not clear. Maybe she had to wait very long. But then this story must have happened a long time ago, when you had to wait on the phone at long distance calls. It may also explain why she gets an operator on the phone: 'please wait'. She is waiting quite some time: 'still by the window pane'.
    Demonyaon July 21, 2019   Link
  • -5
    General CommentVery nic e musically, poor lyrically (and that's more than it deserves).
    inpraiseoffollyon September 15, 2006   Link

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