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I'll Be Waiting
Offspring 1995 album cover
First Released The Offspring
Recorded South Coast Recording, Santa Ana, California
Length 3:12
Singer/Guitarist Dexter Holland
Guitarist Noodles
Bassist Greg K.
Drummer James Lilja (1986 version)
Ron Welty (1989 version)
Produced by Jim Dotson (1986 version)
Thom Wilson (1989 version)

"I'll Be Waiting" is the tenth track on The Offspring's 1989 debut album, The Offspring. The song was previously released as a 7" single in 1986, with "Blackball" (also taken from The Offspring) as its b-side. The 1986 version of "I'll Be Waiting" features original drummer James Lilja, who left the band in the following year and was replaced by Ron Welty, who plays on the album version. In The Offspring's early days, "I'll Be Waiting" was originally titled "Fire and Ice".

Lyrics

Once, I had a friend that I could count on
So I thought, well, so it seemed
But times of need are not enough
To prove your friendship to me, now
Once, I saw a face that I believed in
But a mask was all there was
So who wears the masks and who wears the faces
Well, I guess I'll never know

But, as I stand here alone
In a room full of people with nothing to say
Beer on their minds and smoke in the air
Call them your friends, but they just don't care

Friend for life, such shallow words for broken minds
Show me a friend for life
'Cause I'll be waiting for that day will arrive, when I'll feel alive
Well, I'll be waiting for that day

Once, I found a love I had to know, nown we might know each other just too well
'Cause when we're together, we just can't get enough
Or is it we just can't get what we want
Once, I saw a dream, I had to chase it, dreams quickly turn to reality
Who's at fault in this game of yours and mine
Well, I guess I'll never know

But, as I sit here alone
Think of the girl who came softly inside me
The look in her eyes, the smell of her hair
Call her my own, but is she really there?

Love for life, such noble words for noble minds
Show me a love for live
'Cause I'll be waiting for that day to arrive, when I'll feel alive
Well, I'll be waiting for that day

Friend for life, such shallow words for broken minds
Show me a friend for life
'Cause I'll be waiting for that day will arrive, when I'll feel alive
Well, I'll be waiting for that day

Once, I had a friend that I could count on
Times of need are not enough
Once, I found a love I had to know
Now, we might know each other just too well
Once, I saw a dream I had to chase
Dreams quickly turn into reality
Now, let me close my eyes
Because I don't wanna see anything anymore

Appearances

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