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Adele21
Adele
Writer(s) Adele, Paul Epworth
Producer(s) Paul Epworth
Length 4:01
21 track listing
"One and Only"

"I'll Be Waiting" is the eighth track off of Adele's album 21. The song was co-written and produced by Paul Epworth; he later won Producer of the Year, Non-Classical at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards for his work on this track and "Rolling in the Deep", the lead single from the album. [1]

In the summer of 2012, "I'll Be Waiting" (along with the album's European single "Turning Tables") began receiving a tremendous amount of radio airplay, specifically on Triple A radio stations, thus beginning rumors that it was to be the fifth or sixth single from the album, depending on if "Turning Tables" was also to be released as a single. Representatives from Columbia Records denied the songs being released as singles stating that they thought it would be too much for Adele, with her pregnancy also occuring at the same time. Despite this, they still hinted at the song possibly being released as a single. [2] Some consider the song (along with "Turning Tables", "Lovesong", "Rumour Has It", and "Rolling in the Deep") to be a promotional single due to its heavy promotion and such. It has been referred to by celebrity gossip blogger Perez Hilton as a single from the album and is considered to be an unofficial single from 21, making it the sixth single from the album. [3]

"I'll Be Waiting" was almost cut from the album, as it was not included in the original track listing for 21, along with "Set Fire to the Rain", "He Won't Go", and "Lovesong". [4] Ultimately, all four tracks made the final cut; four other songs from the original track listing were cut instead.

Background and compositionEdit

The upbeat eighth track discusses the singer's resilience and the rekindling of a lost love. Adele has stated that this song is kind of like "the soundtrack of my life", and it's the type of song where if you listen to it, it's almost like you're walking down the street, very happy and full of joy. She also stated that every time they added another part to the song, everyone was very happy. [5] Adele described the song as "fun" and compared it to the album's ninth track, "One and Only", in that it was more upbeat and hopeful than the majority of the album. [6]

Adele told The Sun: "That's quite a happy song actually, it's me admitting my faults." Adele later told Spin magazine as the months wore on she begun to reconsider following her breakup with her ex-boyfriend, who inspired 21:

I started to realise I'm not as great as I thought as a girlfriend. I felt quite bad about writing a record that's all 'fuck you'. [7]

According to the song's sheet music, published on Musicnotes.com, it was written in the key of D Major. [8]

LyricsEdit

Hold me closer one more time,
Say that you love me in your last goodbye,
Please forgive me for my sins,
Yes, I swam dirty waters,
But you pushed me in,
I've seen your face under every sky,
Over every border and on every line,
You know my heart more than I do,
We were the greatest, me and you,

But we had time against us,
And miles between us,
The heavens cried,
I know I left you speechless,
But now the sky has cleared and it's blue,
And I see my future in you,

I'll be waiting for you when you're ready to love me again,
I put my hands up,
I'll do everything different,
I'll be better to you,
I'll be waiting for you when you're ready to love me again,
I put my hands up,
I'll be somebody different,
I'll be better to you,

Let me stay here for just one more night,
Build your world around me,
And pull me to the light,
So I can tell you that I was wrong,
I was a child then, but now I'm willing to learn,

But we had time against us,
And miles between us,
The heavens cried, I know I left you speechless,
But now the sky has cleared and it's blue,
And I see my future in you,

I'll be waiting for you when you're ready to love me again,
I put my hands up,
I'll do everything different,
I'll be better to you,
I'll be waiting for you when you're ready to love me again,
I put my hands up,
I'll be somebody different,
I'll be better to you,

Time against us,
Miles between us,
Heavens cried,
I know I left you speechless,
Time against us,
Miles between us,
Heavens cried,
I know I left you speechless,
I know I left you speechless,
I'll be waiting,

I'll be waiting for you when you're ready to love me again,
I put my hands up,
I'll do everything different,
I'll be better to you,
I'll be waiting for you when you're ready to love me again,
I put my hands up,
I'll be somebody different,
I'll be better to you.

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