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Paula Cole

I Don't Want to Wait

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playSo open up your morning light
playAnd say a little prayer for I
playYou know that if we are to stay alive
playAnd see the peace in every eye

playShe had two babies
playOne was six months one was three
playIn the war of '44
playEvery telephone ring
playEvery heartbeat stinging
playWhen thought it was God calling her
playOh would her son grow to know his father

playI don't want to wait
playFor our lives to be over
playI want to know right now
playWhat will it be
playI don't want to wait
playFor our lives to be over
playWill it be yes or will it be... sorry

playHe showed up all wet
playOn the rainy front step
playWearing shrapnel in his skin
playAnd the war he saw
playLives inside him still
playIt's so hard to be gentle and warm
playThe years passed by and now
playHe has granddaughters

playI don't want to wait
playFor our lives to be over
playI want to know right now
playWhat will it be

playI don't want to wait
playFor our lives to be over
playWill it be yes or will it be

playOh, so breathe a little more deeply my love
playAll we have is this very moment
playAnd I don't want to do what
playHis father and his father and his father did
playI want to be here now

playSo open up your morning light
playAnd say a little prayer for I
playYou know that if we are to stay alive
playAnd see the peace in every eye

playI don't want to wait
playFor our lives to be over
playI want to know right now
playWhat will it be
playI don't want to wait
playFor our lives to be over
playWill it be yes or will it be

playI don't want to wait
playFor our lives to be over
playI want to know right now
playWhat will it be
playI don't want to wait
playFor our lives to be over
playWill it be yes or will it be
playSorry

playSo open up your morning light
playAnd say a little prayer for I
playYou know that if we are to stay alive
playAnd see the love in every eye

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meaningMeaning

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."

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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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