King Crimson: Matte Kudasai Meaning
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Matte Kudasai Lyrics
Pain, like the rain that's falling
She waits in the air, Matte Kudasai
She sleeps in a chair, in her sad America
When, when was the night so long
Long, like the notes I'm sending
She waits in the air, Matte...
anonymous Feb 16th, 2:46am report
This song is a counterpart to Waiting Man. Both convey the longing of a couple separated by time and space.
This song always reminds me of Yoko Ono right after John Lennon was shot. I remember the media reporting that she frequently slept in a chair in her Dakota apartment during that time.
I love the open-endedness of this song. Does it have to be strictly about Yoko? I doubt it. Still, John was killed in November of 1980, and this song was written not long after.
First, the title: "Matte Kudasai" is a Japanese phrase meaning "Please wait." It's what a Japanese receptionist would tell you on the phone, just before putting you on hold.
The song itself is a portrait of a lonely woman in the United States waiting sadly and sleeplessly for her husband or lover to come back from a trip far away. It's probably a portrait of singer Adrian Belew's own wife, while her husband and his band are on tour overseas.
Adrian sends her long letters from every city he performs in, and tells her, in effect, "Please wait for me... I'll be home with you soon."
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