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Paula Cole

I Don't Want to Wait

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

play She had two babies
play One was six months one was three
play In the war of '44
play Every telephone ring
play Every heartbeat stinging
play When thought it was God calling her
play Oh would her son grow to know his father

play I don't want to wait
play For our lives to be over
play I want to know right now
play What will it be
play I don't want to wait
play For our lives to be over
play Will it be yes or will it be... sorry

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

play I don't want to wait
play For our lives to be over
play I want to know right now
play What will it be

play I don't want to wait
play For our lives to be over
play Will it be yes or will it be

play Oh, so breathe a little more deeply my love
play All we have is this very moment
play And I don't want to do what
play His father and his father and his father did
play I want to be here now

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

play I don't want to wait
play For our lives to be over
play I want to know right now
play What will it be
play I don't want to wait
play For our lives to be over
play Will it be yes or will it be

play I don't want to wait
play For our lives to be over
play I want to know right now
play What will it be
play I don't want to wait
play For our lives to be over
play Will it be yes or will it be
play Sorry

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

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In a 2016 Songfacts interview with Paula Cole, she talked about the meaning behind "I Don't Want To Wait."

"It's a very personal song that's looking at my grandparents, specifically my grandfather, Everett, who fought in World War II, his unhappy marriage to my grandmother - the firecracker, Helen - their influence on my father and then that influence on me.

When you grow up with your grandparents you can really see the generations and the energy of the parenting. I was looking at it and thinking, 'I don't want to make some of these mistakes. I really hope I don't.' Wanting to take that Atlas globe off of my shoulders that felt like each female generation was passing, like you have to just stay married, you can't be happy, you can't have a career. I just wanted to shrug it off and I wanted happiness for my life, my generation.

Of course, I go about making all kinds of different mistakes in reaction to that and ironically I come back to my hometown and full circle of living by my parents now, with my daughter. So, that song follows me. It's a song from my life. I think about my family in it, I think about generations, the way they've informed my dad and me, but really I wrote it for my grandfather and I feel like his spirit is still in that song. The song has wings - the spirit is in that song."

vocabulary Vocabulary

Show Up

informal (arrive, be present)

  1. If a guy who you know likes you and he shows up to your work does that mean he likes you more than you think?
  2. My ex showed up at my house

Shrapnel

fragments of exploded shell

  1. The ones that didn't burn... were covered in blades of metal embedded in their skin... shrapnel from head to toe

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