I can't wait
Wait for you to change your mind
It's late
I'm tryin' to walk the line

Well, it's way past midnight
And there's some people all around
Some on their way up
Some on their way down

The air burns and I'm tryin to think straight
And I don't know how much longer I can wait
I'm your man
I've tried to recover the sweet love that we knew

You understand
That my heart can't go on beating without you
Well your loveliness has wounded me
I'm reeling from the blow

I wish I knew what it was that keeps me loving you so
I'm breathin' hard standin' at the gate
Oh, but I don't know how much longer I can wait
Skies are gray

I'm looking for anything that will bring a happy glow
Night or day
It doesn't matter where I go anymore I just go
If I ever saw you comin' I don't know what I might do

I'd like to think I could control myself
But it isn't true
That's how it is
When things disintegrate

And I don't know how much longer I can wait
I'm doomed to love you
I been rollin' through stormy weather
I'm thinkin' of you

And all the places we could roam together
It's mighty funny
The end of time has just begun
Oh honey, after all these years you're still the one

Well I'm strollin' through the lonely graveyard of my mind
I left my life with you
Somewhere back there along the line
I thought somehow that I would be spared this day

I don't know how much longer I can wait

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Can't Wait Lyrics as written by Robert Allen Zimmerman Bob Dylan

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    General CommentMy Theory: The song, like so many of Dylan's works, has at least two meanings. The obvious meaning is about a desire for a lover that has left to return.

    The deeper meaning, I believe, is about Dylan's desire to see God (either through death or through the return of the Messiah). He struggles to "walk the line" between morality and sin. Facing death, he "stands at the gate" "breathing hard", filled with a mixture of fear and desire for God. "If I ever saw you coming I don't know what I would do. I'd like to think I could control myself, but it isn't true." Sure, this could apply to a man's reaction to a woman he loves, but it could equally apply to a man overwhelmed by the presence of God.

    "I left my life with you somewhere back there along the line." This phrase is especially interesting to me. What does "living along the line" mean? It is used in several of Dylan's songs. Most recently, it was used in his song Thunder on the Mountain to refer to the year corresponding with his Christian period ("I was thinkin' 'bout Alicia Keys, couldn't keep from crying. When she was born in Hell's Kitchen, I was living down the line"). Interesting that in this song he uses the phrase to indicate a time when he left his life. Could it be he is meaning he left his old life and gave life to Christ.
    coldironson March 23, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song is totally about his ex-wife sara, and how he has never really gotten over her. there are direct connections to "sad eyed lady of the lowlands" (...should i leave them by your gate...or sad eyed lady should i wait?"
    also...'sara": "sara, oh sara, whatever made you want to chang your mind?"
    "can't wait": can't wait, wait for you to change your mind" and 'i'm breathing hard..standing at the gate....don't know how much longer i can wait."
    also...."i'm trying to recover the sweet love that we knew." and "oh honey..after all these years you're still the one".
    i think after all these years he is still madly in love with sara and will go to his grave loving her! sigh!!!!
    day5628on May 12, 2007   Link

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