“I Don’t Want to Wait” by Paula Cole

Song of the Day

September 7, 2017

Written by Paula Cole
Produced by Paula Cole
Recorded at Magic Shop, New York City, 1996
Released on the album This Fire in October 1996

“I Don’t Want to Wait” was written, produced and performed by Paula Cole and was her second single from her second album, This Fire. The single, released in 1997, is notable for spending 56 consecutive weeks (the most ever) in the Top 50 without cracking the Top 10, topping out at #11.

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This song features an interesting arrangement made of multiple emotive parts highlighted by Cole’s melodic vocals. Musically, it is a pleasant piano ballad accented ever-so-slightly by accordion for a nice atmosphere with a shuffling, consistent drum beat by Jay Bellerose which cleverly persists into the song’s coda section.

Listen to “I Don’t Want to Wait”:

Song Lyrics

So open up your morning light and say a little prayer for I
You know that if we are to stay alive then see the peace in every eye

She had two babies, one was six months, one was three in the war of ’44
Every telephone ring, every heartbeat stinging
When she thought it was God calling her
Oh, would her son grow to know his father?

I don’t want to to wait for our lives to be over
I want to know right now what will it be
I don’t want to wait for our lives to be over
Will it be yes or will it be sorry?

He showed up all wet on the rainy front step
Wearing shrapnel in his skin
And the war he saw lives inside him still
It’s so hard to be gentle and warm
The years pass by and now he has granddaughters

I don’t want to to wait for our lives to be over
I want to know right now what will it be
I don’t want to wait for our lives to be over
Will it be yes or will it be…?

Oh, so you look at me from across the room, you’re wearing your anguish again
Believe me I know the feeling it sucks you into the jaws of anger
Oh, so breathe a little more deeply my love, all we have is this very moment
And I don’t want to do what his father and his father and his father did
I want to be here now

So open up your morning light and say a little prayer for I
You know that if we are to stay alive then see the peace in every eye

I don’t want to to wait for our lives to be over
I want to know right now what will it be
I don’t want to wait for our lives to be over
Will it be yes or will it be sorry?

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