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Roger Waters — Wait For Her
Album: Is This The Life We Really Want?
Avg rating:
7.3

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Total ratings: 2105









Released: 2017
Length: 4:54
Plays (last 30 days): 5
With a glass inlaid with gemstones
On a pool around the evening
Among the perfumed roses
Wait for her

With the patience of a packhorse
Loaded for the mountains
Like a stoic, noble prince
Wait for her

With seven pillows laid out on the stair
The scent of womens' incense fills the air
Be calm, and wait for her

And do not flush the sparrows
That are nesting in her braids
All along the barricades
Wait for her

And if she comes soon
Wait for her
And if she comes late
Wait

Let her be still as a summer afternoon
A garden in full bloom

Let her breathe in the air
That is foreign to her heart
Let her lips part
Wait for her

Take her to the balcony, see the moon soaked in milk
Hear the rustle of her silk
Wait for her

Don't let your eyes alight upon the twin doves of her breast
Lest they take flight
Wait for her

And if she comes soon
Wait for her
And if she comes late
Wait

Serve her water before wine
Do not touch her hand
Let your fingertips rest as her command

Speak softly as a flute would to a fearful violin
Breathe out, breathe in

And as the echo fades from that final fusillade
Remember the promises you made
Comments (118)add comment
 SmackDaddy wrote:

You're assumption is the that the support of a nationalism ideology has value and is worth engaging with regardless of how many people jump on that bandwagon. It is not. We fought this crap 100 years ago and millions lost their lives. The concepts are the antithesis of democracy and the ideals of America. It's not Roger's desire to give credence to the shallow, selfish, greedy, and idiotic ideals promoted by Trump and the alt-right, and he has the right to do that. 
 

UAE, Serbia, Kosovo and Israel are signing peace treaties.   President  Trump has avoided getting "into" a foreign war.   He's pulling troops out of the never-ending wars his predecessors started.  He is the only President that has not started a war in 35 years.

Are these idiotic ideals?

Before some mentions President Obama, he did involve (rightly or wrongly) America in several wars: ISIS, Libyan War, Yemen Civil War, Libyan Civil War, and Somali Civil War.  To his credit, he is an (aspirational) Nobel laureate.
Typical Roger Waters: Too Damn Slow.
Pink Floyd band members should try real hard to not release solo albums.
I enjoy all of his music. Politics, rants, whatever else gets people's panties all bunched up, he always puts out quality music
Most girls I know would rather be served wine.
 medoras wrote:


 

what a crock.
 Motolorax wrote:
wow, lots of hate lurking out there. claims of antisemitism, such a crude dogwhistle in light of the complex geopolitics and undeniable subjugation of a people. the inability to differentiate between Zionism, the Isreali state and the Jewish religeon is always a badge of ignorance. there are many inside Isreal that abhor the treatment of the Palestinian people, but it doesn't fit the simple narrative or the easy media wins. Roger, like everyone isn't perfect, but he's deeply compassionate. it's also a beautiful song to my ears.
"Deeply compassionate" my ass!

Roger Waters and the other BDS-supporting entertainment has-beens, if they support BDS, they either knowingly - or unknowingly - support Israel's complete elimination and have drunk the toxic Kool-Aid while naively thinking that all BDS aspires to is to seek to influence Israel's withdrawal from the “West Bank.” Nothing could be further from the truth.

The BDS movement's founder, Omar Barghouti, has openly stated on video that Israel has no legitimacy to exist as a Jewish state.

In any event, it's very difficult to take a comment seriously when the word "Isreal (sic) and "Isreali" (sic) are consistently misspelled. This is frequently a dead giveaway that the poster follows Islam.

 

A great song and a great bloke. 
Beautiful poetry.
Took my breath away ... poetry and purpose 10/10
 Motolorax wrote:
wow, lots of hate lurking out there. claims of antisemitism, such a crude dogwhistle in light of the complex geopolitics and undeniable subjugation of a people. the inability to differentiate between Zionism, the Isreali state and the Jewish religeon is always a badge of ignorance. there are many inside Isreal
 
Your fine comment is somewhat marred by your misspelling of "Israel". Irony! 
For me, Amused to Death is his  best album.
 SmackDaddy wrote:

You're assumption is the that the support of a nationalism ideology has value and is worth engaging with regardless of how many people jump on that bandwagon. It is not. We fought this crap 100 years ago and millions lost their lives. The concepts are the antithesis of democracy and the ideals of America. It's not Roger's desire to give credence to the shallow, selfish, greedy, and idiotic ideals promoted by Trump and the alt-right, and he has the right to do that. 
 
For God's sake, man. It's, "Your".
Two days back to back? Huh?
Have enjoyed this whole album so much
 topcat99 wrote:
Nigel  Godrich did an amazing job on this album imho, stripping off all the usual Roger Waters/Pink Floyd overproduction, just leaving the bare simple beauty of his songs. There is not even a guitar  solo in the whole album!
 
Well, it is a Roger album, contemplative and deep, and like you say, an amazing album for a 73ish year old to put out...I'm also a fan of the album art with all the redactions....very nice...Long Live RP!!
Beautiful
Nigel  Godrich did an amazing job on this album imho, stripping off all the usual Roger Waters/Pink Floyd overproduction, just leaving the bare simple beauty of his songs. There is not even a guitar  solo in the whole album!
 myram wrote:
Like all your music but why the buffering it's unaceptable
 If you've got a poor/slow connection, turn down the quality a notch. It's next to the volume slider.

Like all your music but why the buffering it's unaceptable
I love it so much . . . 
It takes no more than 2 measures, and I know that it is this song.  Sweet.  
Surprisingly pleasant to listen to without do much for me lyrically.

Edit: Don’t love the power cords but I still love his voice. 6→7
 123heyaho! wrote:
Can't stand this fxxxing antisemite anymore! Mofu jew-hater!!
 Here- I'm going to retype what you were to cowardly to actually say, despite your desperate need to express it...
You said - "Can't stand this fucking anti semite anymore!  Motherfucking  Jew  hater!!"

123heyho!  -  go somewhere else.


 Motolorax wrote:
wow, lots of hate lurking out there. claims of antisemitism, such a crude dogwhistle in light of the complex geopolitics and undeniable subjugation of a people. the inability to differentiate between Zionism, the Isreali state and the Jewish religeon is always a badge of ignorance. there are many inside Isreal that abhor the treatment of the Palestinian people, but it doesn't fit the simple narrative or the easy media wins. Roger, like everyone isn't perfect, but he's deeply compassionate. it's also a beautiful song to my ears.
 
Wow...I've probably said something similar (without regards to any song) before and it's neat to see someone say it here....agreed that the song is great to my ears too!!  LLRP!!
 4wel wrote:
Roger, unfortunately, went crazy
 
Could you elaborate on this profound statement ?
Roger, unfortunately, went crazy
There's an incredible movie out now called Us and Them, which is a film of Waters' recent performance in Amsterdam. It's a fantastic film! If you're a fan, go see it, and try to do so in a theater with surround sound if possible. 
Essence of Pink Floyd! I loved them with Waters and post Waters. Gilmour's voice and guitar so iconic. I just love Roger Waters solo music too! Archetypal and Epic
Another beautiful song by Roger! So impressed also by his wise, empathic and compassionate embrace of the Palestinian struggle for human rights. From Rock’n Roll Hall of Fame to being worthy of the next Nobel Peace Prize. Magnificent journey!
wow, lots of hate lurking out there. claims of antisemitism, such a crude dogwhistle in light of the complex geopolitics and undeniable subjugation of a people. the inability to differentiate between Zionism, the Isreali state and the Jewish religeon is always a badge of ignorance. there are many inside Isreal that abhor the treatment of the Palestinian people, but it doesn't fit the simple narrative or the easy media wins. Roger, like everyone isn't perfect, but he's deeply compassionate. it's also a beautiful song to my ears.
 westslope wrote:



How about ethnic cleansing terrorism?  How about aerial bombing of innocent people?   How about economic sanctions that help regular folks starve?  


 
Please make your homework and look up who's terrorising who. Hint: it's the same people who constantly deny peace treaties, shoot regularly rockets at, murder citizens from & declared many times their absolute determination to annihilate the only democratic state far and wide. 

Waters is a bloody antisemite; period. As is everybody who supports him in this matter!
Can't stand this fxxxing antisemite anymore! Mofu jew-hater!!
 naomin wrote:
This is a true love letter to all women.
 
I agree wholeheartedly - it's absolutely beautiful.  I guess the naysayers just don't feel the love.  Speaks more about them than about than the song in my humble opinion.
Again? Really?
Can’t stand this guy
 westslope wrote:
I rather like this.  Perhaps I should be giving the Final Cut a close listen.
 
Do give Final Cut a listen. It has amazing moments. 
This is a true love letter to all women.
Really grows on you this one, but The Final Cut was always my favorite PF album, against the perceptions of many. I always thought you need to understand loss at an early age to appreciate it, but you can just appreciate it.
 groedi wrote:

Yes, from the musical aspect, I would agree. But I don't understand, why an artist, who fought against manipulation for all of his life, nowadays spends all of his energy to manipulate others, other artists. What has he learned from history, and from his own history? He's one of the most successful artists on the globe. His voice is heard. Why does he not use this voice to connect people, to bring them back to dialogue? The way he has chosen is easy, but will help noone to bring peace back again. We should always 'Keep Talking'. And if politicians can not do it, should not artists do it then?
 
Bring down the wall!
I was as big of a Pink Floyd fan as anybody back in the day.  Now, however, the ominous guitar followed by the organ synth has overstayed its welcome.  
Whoa, Bill, did you hear that Choir Of Young Believers,'Hollow Talk' too?
 groedi wrote:

....But I don't understand, why an artist, who fought against manipulation for all of his life, nowadays spends all of his energy to manipulate others, other artists. What has he learned from history, and from his own history? .....
 
"Manipulation"?    You are kidding right?  

How about ethnic cleansing terrorism?  How about aerial bombing of innocent people?   How about economic sanctions that help regular folks starve?  

I don't agree with Roger Waters' political style, his anti-corporatism and his tendency to isolate and 'reject' but at least for the love of God make an effort to understand him. 
This mopey dope belching at us again. Lifeless drivel. 
I rather like this.  Perhaps I should be giving the Final Cut a close listen.
 capooti wrote:
final cut here
 
You got it! Could have been a cut directly from that.  Saw this show live - he still puts on quite a concert.
final cut here
 groedi wrote:

Yes, from the musical aspect, I would agree. But I don't understand, why an artist, who fought against manipulation for all of his life, nowadays spends all of his energy to manipulate others, other artists. What has he learned from history, and from his own history? He's one of the most successful artists on the globe. His voice is heard. Why does he not use this voice to connect people, to bring them back to dialogue? The way he has chosen is easy, but will help noone to bring peace back again. We should always 'Keep Talking'. And if politicians can not do it, should not artists do it then?
 
You're assumption is the that the support of a nationalism ideology has value and is worth engaging with regardless of how many people jump on that bandwagon. It is not. We fought this crap 100 years ago and millions lost their lives. The concepts are the antithesis of democracy and the ideals of America. It's not Roger's desire to give credence to the shallow, selfish, greedy, and idiotic ideals promoted by Trump and the alt-right, and he has the right to do that. 
I like his nod to 'Hey You' here.
LONG LIVE RP ! 
But rating for this song is only  7  so I change to 3 and then Skip
drivel and dross. a real drag.
I must say I cannot tolerate the hypocrisy of Waters politics. Ya know he’s suing his Hamptons town to cut off a path for people to get to the beach which is next to his mansion? Any who, I do enjoy this song.
 k3rmit wrote:
If this guy wasn't famous, y'all would decide to like this song.
 
I believe it's more the opposite:  If this (essentially "spoken-word") song were not performed by a member of Pink Floyd, I think it would have nowhere near the 7.2 average rating it presently enjoys.   I'm not sure what made you think people "decided" to dislike this song; that rating is pretty high.
 LudicrousMaximus wrote:

Hmm - The Wall was almost entirely a result of his anger, as are many other classic Floyd pieces. I for one am glad he shared his anger and his sadness through the years 

Hey Bill what's the obsession with this particular track? - 7 plays in 31 days!  And yet other passionate stuff from Roger doesn't even make the playlists, The Gunners Dream for example.


 
Yes, from the musical aspect, I would agree. But I don't understand, why an artist, who fought against manipulation for all of his life, nowadays spends all of his energy to manipulate others, other artists. What has he learned from history, and from his own history? He's one of the most successful artists on the globe. His voice is heard. Why does he not use this voice to connect people, to bring them back to dialogue? The way he has chosen is easy, but will help noone to bring peace back again. We should always 'Keep Talking'. And if politicians can not do it, should not artists do it then?
sounds like a lost track from The Final Straw, er I mean, Cut
 kingart wrote:
I'm bumping it. 6 > 7. It grows on me. 

 
Its growing on me as well.  Like a wart.  but a pretty decent wart.                                 
 groedi wrote:
It seems to me, that his creativity just grows out of hate... For all of his life... And today? Should not an artist open doors instead of clothing them? Angry old man... Sad...
 
Hmm - The Wall was almost entirely a result of his anger, as are many other classic Floyd pieces. I for one am glad he shared his anger and his sadness through the years 

Hey Bill what's the obsession with this particular track? - 7 plays in 31 days!  And yet other passionate stuff from Roger doesn't even make the playlists, The Gunners Dream for example.

It seems to me, that his creativity just grows out of hate... For all of his life... And today? Should not an artist open doors instead of clothing them? Angry old man... Sad...
 eveliko wrote:
His voice would always touch the deepest of my soul, even if he sang nursery rhymes or recorded a vocal version of my oven's user manual. Just can't help it.

 
I'm there with you, eveliko - and I won't bash those who don't like it cuz we can't ALL like the same things, right? 

And I'm sure this wasn't his inspiration for the song, yet to me it seems like a nearly-40 year later follow-up to the track "Vera" from The Wall.  I watched a Q&A session with Roger and (an obviously uncomfortable) Nick where you could see that Roger was the driving force of the band...anyways, one of the fan questions was "what was your favorite song in PF" and Roger said it was "Vera."  

So, assuming that was a truthful response, this older Roger seems to be getting the feeling from Vera + age/experience = "Wait for Her."

I'm locked in with a 9 rating on this track.  LONG LIVE RP!!

 gofishbish wrote:
Thank goodness. I'm so with you. Scrolling through positive review after positive review I just about decided not even to comment. I wanted to like it. A few times there when the guitar kicked in I thought "oh hey... wait a minute...." but then it never went anywhere and instead just fell back into the excruciating... plodding-ness of the whole thing.Sorry. Not that it matters though. Roger's status as a legend is irrevocable no matter what else he does. And ofc where else would I catch music from artists I love except RP. 
 
Wilfrue wrote:
I've tried. Each critical listen brings me closer to criticism. It is boring and hackneyed. Maybe with some time, I will connect with it, but it almost dares you to like it in spite of itself... like that almost completely awful Lindsey Buckingham album 15 years ago I'll never get my $14.99 back from.
Just because you're good doesn't mean your stuff is automatically good. This is one of those. 

 


 
Yep, couldn't agree more. I really wanted to like this tune but it just seems that all I can says is that it has been done before. Yea, I know it was done before by by Roger Waters, but it feels like he is mailing it in.
I do like this but does anyone else think this is a little over played
eight hours straight. First miss. Good record, Bill! No one is perfect. 
His voice would always touch the deepest of my soul, even if he sang nursery rhymes or recorded a vocal version of my oven's user manual. Just can't help it.
I want sooooo bad to like this... but... nope. It's a 3.  Going to PSD.
Thank goodness. I'm so with you. Scrolling through positive review after positive review I just about decided not even to comment. I wanted to like it. A few times there when the guitar kicked in I thought "oh hey... wait a minute...." but then it never went anywhere and instead just fell back into the excruciating... plodding-ness of the whole thing.Sorry. Not that it matters though. Roger's status as a legend is irrevocable no matter what else he does. And ofc where else would I catch music from artists I love except RP. 
 
Wilfrue wrote:
I've tried. Each critical listen brings me closer to criticism. It is boring and hackneyed. Maybe with some time, I will connect with it, but it almost dares you to like it in spite of itself... like that almost completely awful Lindsey Buckingham album 15 years ago I'll never get my $14.99 back from.
Just because you're good doesn't mean your stuff is automatically good. This is one of those. 

 

Seems very much inspired by “Te recuerdo Amanda” by Victor Jara.
So people are complaining that Roger sounds too much like... Roger? I don't think the man needs to reinvent himself at this point, nor do I see why it should work against him that he sounds like himself.
Medley of Pink Flyody type bits with some dreary lyrics.
 lizardking wrote:

Likewise, I'm bumping from 7 to an 8.  This older version of Roger seems a bit more vulnerable and a bit less cynical.  And I think you and I are amongst the few who want to comment that we're enjoying this new (well, OLD) Roger; yet, the overall rating is a respectable 6.9.

Many of the negative comments say this is too much like Roger's post-PF days.  Final Cut I kinda agree with, but again, that was when his ego was at its peak.  Here he seems to be opening up a bit.  In fact, I realized recently that as great as Pink Floyd's catalog is, I can't think of a single "love" song; here, Roger seems to be broaching the concept of love.  PEACE & Long Live RP!! 



 
8 to 9 bump now, I'm finding my ears wanting to hear this track at certain times during the day.  And while others are stating the rest of the album "aint so good" a single gem from an album is all you get sometimes (like in RW's "Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking, for instance.)

LONG LIVE RP!!

I'm really loving this tune.  I checked out the rest of the album and it doesn't hold up as well.


Roger Waters wrote the song based on a poem written by Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish.
Mahmoud Darwish (Arabic: محمود درويش‎, translit. maḥmūd darwīsh, 13 March 1941 – 9 August 2008) was a Palestinian poet and author who was regarded as the Palestinian national poet.[1] He won numerous awards for his works. Darwish used Palestine as a metaphor for the loss of Eden, birth and resurrection, and the anguish of dispossession and exile.[2][3] He has been described as incarnating and reflecting "the tradition of the political poet in Islam, the man of action whose action is poetry."[4] He also served as an editor for several literary magazines in Israel.

Life and career

Mahmoud Darwish was born in the village of al-Birwa in the Western Galilee.[5] He was the second child of Salim and Houreyyah Darwish. His family were landowners. His mother was illiterate, but his grandfather taught him to read.[3] After Israeli forces assaulted his village of al-Birwa in June 1948, the family fled to Lebanon, first to Jezzin and then Damour.[6] Their home village was razed and destroyed by the Israeli army[7][8][9] to prevent its inhabitants from returning to their homes inside the new Jewish state.[10][11]

Copied from the wiki page Mahmoud Darwish.  


He was admired by many Israelis and was frequently critical of Palestinian leaders and Hamas.  
A good tune. I really like it. Even if it sounds like the lost track from The Final Cut.
Nice to hear Roger.
I really like this.  I know it isn't the greatest PF song ever, but it sure has a lot of the hallmarks, and his voice is great for these lyrics.  Makes me stop every time. 

I'd like to hear the rest of the album.
Took several listens, but this album is really turning-out to be a real cracker. I now love it. This song is really splendid.
I've tried. Each critical listen brings me closer to criticism. It is boring and hackneyed. Maybe with some time, I will connect with it, but it almost dares you to like it in spite of itself... like that almost completely awful Lindsey Buckingham album 15 years ago I'll never get my $14.99 back from.
Just because you're good doesn't mean your stuff is automatically good. This is one of those. 
If this guy wasn't famous, y'all would decide to like this song.
Immediately recognizable.  Agree - sounds like latter day Floyd - which was mediocre. Even I could play the piano part.

7 is about right.  
 prs wrote:
Sounds like a re-worked Final Cut - even more depressing!!

 
I was thinking the same thing.
The same girls sing along ;))).
Sounds like a re-worked Final Cut - even more depressing!!
Sounds like Coldplay's grandparents.  To my ears only, of course.  Grim.
No doubt this one's on heavy rotation. Heavy for RP anyway. Roger Waters never impressed me, and I'm even less impressed that he's busy ripping himself off in this retread. Nostalgia's a powerful thing, I guess. 
 DaidyBoy wrote:
These aren't his lyrics, it appears. 

But he did have the poor judgment to record them.
 kingart wrote:
I'm bumping it. 6 > 7. It grows on me. 

 
Likewise, I'm bumping from 7 to an 8.  This older version of Roger seems a bit more vulnerable and a bit less cynical.  And I think you and I are amongst the few who want to comment that we're enjoying this new (well, OLD) Roger; yet, the overall rating is a respectable 6.9.

Many of the negative comments say this is too much like Roger's post-PF days.  Final Cut I kinda agree with, but again, that was when his ego was at its peak.  Here he seems to be opening up a bit.  In fact, I realized recently that as great as Pink Floyd's catalog is, I can't think of a single "love" song; here, Roger seems to be broaching the concept of love.  PEACE & Long Live RP!! 


I don't like it. It's repetitive, monotonous, and so like The Wall, Final Cut and Pros and Cons... I love what Waters had done on those master works, but I believe it's enough. 
I don't know what else it sounds like and don't really care.  7
No, nothing ground breaking, and relies on old formulas.  Still, seems so easy for him to write something compelling, even at the ripe age of 70+.  And his live shows...he still knows how to play to the dynamics of the tune. 
Listening to this song it's easy to realize that Roger Water's talent is been overstimated in all these years.
Sounds so much like Final Cut.  Come on Roger.
Roger Waters needs to retire and go away...
 scrubbrush wrote:
Still one of the best lyricists of all time

 
These aren't his lyrics, it appears.
 ch83575 wrote:
I am so loving this tune.  It's like visiting an old friend and catching up.  An old, depressing friend.

 
Hah when I read the 2nd sentence and prior to reading the 3rd the thought popped in my head "yeah on old asshole friend"
I'm bumping it. 6 > 7. It grows on me. 


{#Hand} See the video.
Tedium and tediummer.
Roger Waters = Just Kill Me
  Stephen_Phillips wrote:

Instantly recognizable style but his voice dropped into a lower range and he is in danger of going the way of Leonard Cohen!

  

Jota wrote:

That's not danger!

 
{#High-five}
 Baby_M wrote:
Music from an alternate universe where Bob Dylan was the lead singer for Pink Floyd.

 
I like that. And can totally hear it. Nice observation.
Great album overall.  I recently saw the concert in Chicago it was exceptional! He is still the master of theatrical shows! (well along with U2)
I am so loving this tune.  It's like visiting an old friend and catching up.  An old, depressing friend.
Roger W is like family to me, like Peter G and Tom P, they're like my favourite uncles.
Music from an alternate universe where Bob Dylan was the lead singer for Pink Floyd.
Too similar with "the final cut"

depressive album and depressive song.
does the waters prepared to the care out?


 justin4kick wrote:
Was nice on first hearing. But hearing it three days in a row is too much.

 

         
                              Listen to RP a bit?


.

 

Was nice on first hearing. But hearing it three days in a row is too much.
Cool song.  Glad you added it.  Always nice to hear new music from an old friend.
 Stephen_Phillips wrote:

Instantly recognizable style but his voice dropped into a lower range and he is in danger of going the way of Leonard Cohen!

 
That's not danger!
Thanks for playing some new RW.
As much as I love the classic Floyd tunes, it's nice to hear something new.
 mgtom wrote:
Instantly recognizable voice, Roger!

 
Instantly recognizable style but his voice dropped into a lower range and he is in danger of going the way of Leonard Cohen!
Beautiful concert here in St.Paul this past July!
Still one of the best lyricists of all time
Lovely song. Very poetic.  A short story to music.  And a funeral dirge, too. I have to give it a 6. It means well, but decidedly not upbeat high volume. Not that Waters ever was the happy camper, but we did get some occasional humor. Didn't we? 
  he's still got it.. {#Mrgreen}
Thank you, Bill:)
Instantly recognizable voice, Roger!