In the liner notes to TimeSpace, Stevie writes: "To understand this song, you sort of have to let yourself go a little crazy...love is blind, it never works out...but you just have to have it...I can't wait" (boy, Stevie loves those ellipses, doesn't she?) This song is about a woman who is eager to love someone! She spends her time "dreaming" about him. They may have "been out of touch" but she wants to pick up where they left off, their relationship needs "to be continued." She wants to see him again, but does he want her? If not, he needs to tell her, so she can quit "wasting [her] time." Still, she hopes that's not the case - she's "crazy for" him.
Waiting for him, she's plagued with uncertainty and insecurity, and "she wonders how many more hours her heart will feel broken." Will he come through for her? Meanwhile, she's full of love - "she's got's that feeling now." She needs to know if it's gonna happen - she "can't wait." Is this song about Lindsey? The throwaway line "How will we feel 20 years from now" is certainly applicable to him, but the rest is pretty general. Thus, I don't think this song is so much focused on Lindsey as focused on the torture of falling in love and not knowing how it's going to come out!
I have been listening to this song ever since it came out, and I have always thought that poor Stevie got herself mixed up with a married man (either imaginary or real - who knows?)
The relationship is always "continued" because he has to go home to his wife. She never knows when she'll see him again because he has another life, away from her. She constantly has to wait for him to contact her. That's why "in secret she says she needs to see him," not in public, not out in the open, not where anyone can see them together. She begs to him: "I've got to know when I can see you again!"
"She wonders how many more hours her heart will feel broken" because he is at home with someone else. "Am I wasting my time?" Will he ever leave his wife? Is this relationship a dead end? "Will you make up your mind," and choose me (Stevie) or her (his wife)?
"How will we feel 20 years from now?" Will we regret this relationship? Or will we regret not having it? I think this is more his concern than Stevie's, because Stevie is utterly in love. She "can't wait!"
"I've got to know when I can see you again."
Ever been there? This song is so real. So "very powerful." It's one of her best, I think.
I think this song is about Joe Walsh- from what I can tell from interviews etc she really loved him- I read somewhere once that she said she would have 'given up my whole damn career for him if he could ever be serious for a minute...' So I think that ties in with "I cant wait while you make up your mind" bit- and she's also saying 'but I really love you and I have to see you ( and she probably didnt see him much since they both had their own careers, touring, etc) and I am smart enough to know not to sit here and wait on you but if I walk away 'how will we feel 20 years from now'?'
Just a side point too- in the liner note from Timespace regarding HAEWAFY (which is about joe walsh) Stevie wrote something like' i saw him from across the room- I had never really believed in love at first sight before- but I walked straight into his arms and thought 'i can never be far from this person again- he is my soul'"- The line " blame it on something at first sight- put the blame on me if you want to' in I Cant Wait- always makes me think of that and thus leads me to believe it is about Joe Walsh. Anyway I love this song- esp the way her voice seems so determined but desperate.
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