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The Moody Blues: Watching and Waiting Meaning

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Song Released: 1969


Watching and Waiting Lyrics

Watching and waiting
for a friend to play with.
Why have I been alone so long?
Molea is borrowing his way to the sunlight he knows there's someone there so strong.
Cuz here there's lots of room to do it
the things you've all been...

  1. anonymous
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    Jan 24th report

    No one has it right. They explained this song in the 69 and later in '74. The song is about Earth the album is about space outer space when man was first going to the moon. Earth is watching and waiting for a friend to play with as it floats through the universe. Don't be alarmed by my fields in my forest cuz there's lots of room for doing the things you always want to do. It's probably the most beautiful song Moody blues ever wrote and one of my top 10 of all time. However it can be interpreted anyway you want as the first line is very sad.

  2. anonymous
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    Oct 28th report

    Before getting to interpretations, let's note that the listed lyrics are grossly incomplete, and partly incorrect. I don't know what's up with "Molea"; I hear it to say "Mole, he is burrowing". Instead of "lots of room to do it", I remember it to be "lots of room for doing". But "things you've all been" is definitely wrong. It goes "things you've always been denied". As to the meaning, I think it's partly male/male themed. "'Cause here there's lots of room for doing the things you've always been denied" rings true as forbidden intimacy between males. "There's no one here to stop you trying": 50 years ago, "trying" was a euphemism for male/male sexual activity. "Soon you will see me, 'Cause I'll be all around you" is a very beautiful way of referring to fellatio (the penile aperture being an "eye"). "But don't be alarmed by my fields and my forests" to me is clearly talking about the lightly hairy and heavily hairy areas of the singer's body. This is a beautiful song, my personal favorite.

  3. anonymous
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    Sep 14th 2019 report

    Interviewed in 2014, the song's vocalist Justin Hayward said:

    I think To Our Children’s Children’s Children [1969] is the one Moodies album that didn't come across on the radio. It didn't jump; it was soft, it was quiet. Everybody was so delicate with it and handling it with kid gloves. The way it was mastered was quiet, and the way it was transferred to disc was delicate. In the end, it ended up getting a little lost. Watching and Waiting — when we heard that song in its studio beauty, we thought, "This is it! All of those people who had been saying to us for the past 3 or 4 years, "You'll probably just do another Nights in White Satin with it" — no! We had shivers up the spine, and that kind of stuff. But when it came out and you heard it on the radio, you kept saying, "Turn it up! Turn it up!! Oh no, it’s not going to make it." So it didn’t happen.

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    For the recent post, Mr. good to hear your wife is doing better and communicating well. You are blessed for being with her for 47 years.

  4. anonymous
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    Sep 13th 2019 report

    I see it like this:
    The first verse depicts someone sitting at the hospital bed of a loved one and is watching and waiting for the person to become conscious (Possibly in a coma).
    The second verse is metaphorical. It tells how the person is fighting to get to the light (Heaven?)
    The chorus is the person telling the grieving how beautiful it is in heaven.
    The third verse is the person in the bed telling the grieving person that soon they will be with them in spirit.

    After visiting my wife of 47 years in the hospital I put this song on repeat and cried all the way home. My wife is since doing better and communicating quite well after 4 strokes and 4 seizures.

  5. anonymous
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    Oct 26th 2016 report

    To me it's about the not quite so invisible God waiting for anybody to notice.

  6. anonymous
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    Mar 22nd 2016 report

    This is about a person who has spent their life hiding who they truly are. The
    price to pay is great loneliness and regret. This person will soon be gone either by natural causes or by their own hand .. " soon you will see me .. I'll be all around you". This song is about deep longing and a life full of lost opportunity and sadness.

  7. Eventhorizon
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    Aug 19th 2014 report

    Hindu acid: this is important for the positive evolution of your soul. " love everybody and make them your friends". The Angels were talking to the Moody Blues and they consider this very important. so simple yet so hard to do.

  8. anonymous
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    Dec 9th 2013 report

    the universe (or 'the POWER') is waiting for "MIND" somewhere to know/understand it


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