What a sight for my eyes
To see you in sleep.
Could it stop the sun rise
Hearing you weep?
You're not seen, you're not heard
But I stand by my word.
Came a thousand miles
Just to catch you while you're smiling.

What a day for laughter
And walking at night.
Me following after, your hand holding tight.
And the memory stays clear with the song that you hear.
If I can but make
The words awake the feeling.

What a reason for waiting
And dreaming of dreams.
So here's hoping you've faith in impossible schemes,
That are born in the sigh of the wind blowing by
While the dimming light brings the end to a night of loving.

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"Reasons for Waiting" as written by Ian Anderson

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    General CommentJust a very beautiful love song.
    Krendall2006on April 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis one keps meaning a lot to me, just as it did to an idealistic teenager in the 70's to a near 50er now. The merging of Ian's flute with the orchestral strings works well without beint overly sentimental. The notion that honesty and faith in others and one'se self: "You're not seen, you're not heard, but I'll stand by my word, came a thousand miles..." still resonates for me as I think of the people truly loved in my life. Nice rythym guitar throughout.
    excomposton October 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is gorgeous. Probably my favorite from Stand Up. It's terrible how such beautiful music is overlooked because of the crap that comes out these days. The lyrics are simple, but the way he sings it is lovely, and instrumentally it is wonderful too. Who wouldn't want to hear that just their smile means something to someone?
    CaterpillarGirl5393on September 22, 2009   Link
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    General CommentNot so much idealistic, but fantastic. To dream the impossible so beautifully.

    But all things must come to pass.

    I can't go back in time but I still draw inspiration here for the future.

    I'm sure there are many resources to draw idea*s from, but in my childhood I guess a lot of mine were somewhat limited to lyrics. I'm just glad there was someone out there to say something that could really touch me and make me dream for.
    jethro tullon November 13, 2011   Link
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    My OpinionI fell in love with this song when it came out and I love it still. This song reveals what Ian Anderson can do when he has a subdued song. From his mature voice here emanates love and kindness. How very poetic: “…came a thousand miles just to catch you while you’re smiling…” That, my friends, is a superb sentiment. Had I not known who Anderson was, and that he looked like a bridge troll from fairy tales, it would have been easier to believe that I was listening to a loving husband. In this most exquisite piece of music he sounds very paternal and conservative. This song sparkles and deserves to live.
    tullheadon November 06, 2013   Link

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