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Wait

By: Jackie Jackson and David Paich

At a glance

  • Album: Victory
  • Released: March 1985
  • Recorded: Nov 11th, 1983 - May 7th, 1984
  • Length: 5:25
  • David Paich and Steve Porcaro: Keyboards, Synthesizers
  • Jeff Porcaro: Drums
  • Steve Lukather: Guitar
  • Lenny Castro: Percussion
  • Lead vocals: Jackie Jackson
  • Backing vocals:┬áJackie Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Marlon Jackson, Michael Jackson, Randy Jackson, Tito Jackson
  • Produced by: David Paich, Steve Porcaro and Jackie Jackson
  • Recording engineer: Tom Knox

Credits

  • David Paich and Steve Porcaro: Keyboards, Synthesizers
  • Jeff Porcaro: Drums
  • Steve Lukather: Guitar
  • Lenny Castro: Percussion
  • Lead vocals: Jackie Jackson
  • Backing vocals:┬áJackie Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Marlon Jackson, Michael Jackson, Randy Jackson, Tito Jackson
  • Produced by: David Paich, Steve Porcaro and Jackie Jackson
  • Recording engineer: Tom Knox

A brief history

“Wait” was the final single released from the Jacksons “Victory” album. It was only released in the UK, Canada and Brazil and actually never charted. Michael wasn’t a lead singer on the song, but performs ab-libs near the end (after four minutes!). His vocals suddenly lifts the song up, as Michael’s singing often does.

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How come you tell me that we have to get away
But girl, you can’t be found
We’ll dine in Paris on the Champs Elysees
Whenever you come around
There’s been a break down, break down
Don’t change your mind on me
Just take a little time
You say the finer things
Are worth waiting for
Just give me some kinda sign, baby

I can’t wait, wait for a hundred years
I can’t hold back my tears anylonger, longer
I can’t wait, wait for a hundred years
I can’t hold back my tears anylonger, longer

Sometimes I think of all the moments that we share
I’ve been waiting for so long
You know it hurts me
Everytime you run and hide
I look up and now you’re gone
I’ve been put down, way down
There’s no tomorrow for me
You can’t let love just fade away, baby

I can’t wait, wait for a hundred years
I can’t hold back my tears anylonger, longer
I can’t wait, wait for a hundred years
I can’t hold back my tears anylonger

Girl, I’ve been longing for you deep inside
And I tell myself, baby, baby
If this love of ours will survive
Then let’s take this chance together, together
Baby, you know

I just can’t wait, wait for a hundred years
I just can’t wait
I can’t hold back my tears anylonger, longer
I can’t wait, wait for a hundred years
I can’t hold back my tears anylonger
Now hear, you pushed my heart around
Tore me up inside, made me feel so bad
You took away my pride
(My pride)
I can’t wait, wait for a hundred years
I can’t hold back my tears anylonger
I can’t hold back my tears
(Anylonger)
I can’t hold back my tears, baby
(Anylonger)
I can’t hold back my tears, darling
(Anylonger)
I can hold back my tears, baby
(Anylonger)
Anylonger
I can’t wait
I’m down on my knees, baby
Baby, baby, baby
Don’t talk to me
Break down on my knees, baby
Must tell me
Can’t help my soul
I can’t help my soul, baby, baby
(Anylonger)
Talk to me
(Anylonger)
Break down on my knees, now baby
(Anylonger)
(Anylonger)
Can’t wait
(Anylonger)
I can’t wait
I can’t wait
I can’t wait
Wait, baby
I can’t wait no more, now baby
Break down on my knees

Lyrics

How come you tell me that we have to get away
But girl, you can’t be found
We’ll dine in Paris on the Champs Elysees
Whenever you come around
There’s been a break down, break down
Don’t change your mind on me
Just take a little time
You say the finer things
Are worth waiting for
Just give me some kinda sign, baby

I can’t wait, wait for a hundred years
I can’t hold back my tears anylonger, longer
I can’t wait, wait for a hundred years
I can’t hold back my tears anylonger, longer

Sometimes I think of all the moments that we share
I’ve been waiting for so long
You know it hurts me
Everytime you run and hide
I look up and now you’re gone
I’ve been put down, way down
There’s no tomorrow for me
You can’t let love just fade away, baby

I can’t wait, wait for a hundred years
I can’t hold back my tears anylonger, longer
I can’t wait, wait for a hundred years
I can’t hold back my tears anylonger

Girl, I’ve been longing for you deep inside
And I tell myself, baby, baby
If this love of ours will survive
Then let’s take this chance together, together
Baby, you know

I just can’t wait, wait for a hundred years
I just can’t wait
I can’t hold back my tears anylonger, longer
I can’t wait, wait for a hundred years
I can’t hold back my tears anylonger
Now hear, you pushed my heart around
Tore me up inside, made me feel so bad
You took away my pride
(My pride)
I can’t wait, wait for a hundred years
I can’t hold back my tears anylonger
I can’t hold back my tears
(Anylonger)
I can’t hold back my tears, baby
(Anylonger)
I can’t hold back my tears, darling
(Anylonger)
I can hold back my tears, baby
(Anylonger)
Anylonger
I can’t wait
I’m down on my knees, baby
Baby, baby, baby
Don’t talk to me
Break down on my knees, baby
Must tell me
Can’t help my soul
I can’t help my soul, baby, baby
(Anylonger)
Talk to me
(Anylonger)
Break down on my knees, now baby
(Anylonger)
(Anylonger)
Can’t wait
(Anylonger)
I can’t wait
I can’t wait
I can’t wait
Wait, baby
I can’t wait no more, now baby
Break down on my knees

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