Watching and waiting
For a friend to play with
Why have I been alone so long
Mole he is burrowing his way to the sunlight
He knows there's some there so strong

'Cause here there's lot of room for doing
The thing you've always been denied
Look and gather all you want to
There's no one here to stop you trying

Soon you will see me
'Cause I'll be all around you
But where I come from I can't tell
But don't be alarmed by my fields and my forests
They're here for only you to share

'Cause here there's lot of room for doing
The things you've always been denied
So look and gather all you want to
There's no one here to stop you trying

Watching and waiting
For someone to understand me
I hope it won't be very long

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    My InterpretationI always felt that the song was being sung by God, the creator [my fields and my forests], to tell how he yearned for someone to understand him and that that someone would be man, just as the mole had come out of the ground upward man would arrive, too.
    MoodysRul5on January 30, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationI never knew much insight into the Mooby Blues songs, but they have always been one of my favorites. I always love the many interpretations their songs conjure.

    For me Watching and Waiting was was always about discovery of things. You never knew you could do the things you can, because you never tried or someone has never pointed it out to you - but it was always in front of you.

    In the meantime you take the low road and sit and wait for something to happen to you. Its suggesting you take things upon yourself, and get your life going. Everything you need is already here.
    richtestanion March 08, 2015   Link
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    General CommentBeautiful song. At the time Justin Hayward thought it would be as big a hit as Nights in White Satin. It wasn't, but it's still a beautiful song.

    In the context of the album (To Our Childrens Childrens Children) this song makes sense. The theme of the album is about travelling through space and the loneliness associated with it. This song closes the album as fitting conclusion to have reached a heaven-like utopia. The "mole burrowing" part (imho) to analagous to travelling thru the dark space of the universe to reach utopia.
    Digi-Gon June 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentConsidering where this song originated from...this song may be about how we're leaving Earth for greener pastures...

    Consider the lines..

    'Cos here there's lots of room for doing
    The things you've always been denied.
    So look and gather all you want to,
    There's no one here to stop you trying.

    I think those lines are about our infinite ability to consume every resource within our purview. I may be right or wrong, but it's worth a listen.

    The Moodies rule!
    OpinionHeadon June 16, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationAn utterly amazing song from the deepest part of our longing for connection. The person watching and waiting is our self, yearning for freedom from a sense of isolation.

    Mole is a powerful metaphor for our drive towards fulfillment and meaning. Our wish to accomplish our highest potential; to become enlightened.

    From such attainment (enlightenment) comes freedom. Knowing that we have always been connected to a divine self that experiences unconditional love (lots of room for doing the things you've always been denied).

    (Soon you will see me...) Soon we will attain this freedom and experience all of creation as one, and we will want to share it with others.

    (Watching and waiting For someone to understand me) - This is our separate, isolated self again, suffering with the illusion of aloneness. The ordinary view of the world.

    (I hope it won't be very long) - This is a prayer for enlightenment.
    pinyonjon December 19, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationI'm thinking song is about nature giving us all so much and waiting for us to care for her.
    ObaDobaon March 29, 2016   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGod is a singularity. In an attempt to know Himself, God created mankind as a projection of His self. But man is ignorant and does not know he is really a part of God. As the mole crawls from his underground hole up to the sunlight, man, through countless years of reincarnation, slowly makes his way back toward God realization, ultimately to merge with God. This is what God waits for.

    This is what this song is about. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
    mrlucasbriceon June 16, 2017   Link
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    General CommentI have been haunted by this song for 40+ years. I have always thought this was about the creator, in order to be realized itself, created this planet and a conscious being that could reflect back its own existence. Much like a mother to child. Millennium went by to create the perfect place for “ here, there’s lots of room for doing the things you’ve always been denied”.
    Transition from spirit to flesh. Have we become blind to this love of our creator in these troubled modern times?

    kristiegugeon January 11, 2018   Link
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    General CommentAha!
    This album is about leaving earth and the conquest of space-how about this for an idea?-

    i believe it was meant to act as poetry/song sung by, who else, Planet Earth in the first person. when i thought about it like this, some of the lyrics could make sense. Maybe He/She is lonely now that His/Her inhabitants (we, the homo sapiens) have left. trying to persuade us to come back, cuz earth is lonely without us.
    soulblighter08on May 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAwesome song. So true. So very true.
    Patience is a virtue, which is best kept warm.
    powdersnowboyon October 23, 2011   Link

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