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The Wait
Killing Joke Lyrics


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Motives changing
Day to day
The fire increases
Masks decay
I look at the river
White foam floats down
The body's poisoned
Got to sit tight

The wait
The wait
The wait
The wait

After awakening
The silence grows
The screams subside
Distortion shows
Mutant thoughts
Of bad mouthed news
It's just another birth
Of distorted views

The wait
The wait
The wait
The wait

The wait
The wait
The wait
The wait

Overall Meaning

The song "The Wait" by Killing Joke can be interpreted in several ways, but it primarily deals with themes of decay, stagnation, and waiting for something to happen. The opening lines, "Motives changing/Day to day/The fire increases/Masks decay," suggest that things are always shifting and changing, but the underlying turmoil is getting worse. The masks that people wear in public are falling apart, revealing their true faces and intentions. The river with white foam floating down can be seen as a metaphor for decay and the poisoning of our surroundings. The speaker is aware of these issues but feels powerless to act, hence the line "Got to sit tight."


The second half of the song starts with "After awakening/The silence grows/The screams subside/Distortion shows," suggesting that the speaker has come to a realization that a lot of what they see and hear around them is distorted or false. They are trying to make sense of things, but there is a lot of bad news and distorted views out there. The chorus repeats the same lines, "The wait/The wait/The wait/The wait," suggesting that the speaker is waiting for something to happen, but they are not sure what. Perhaps they are waiting for a solution to the issues of decay and distortion or waiting for something to inspire them to take action.


Line by Line Meaning

Motives changing
The reasons behind actions are constantly shifting


Day to day
This change happens on a daily basis


The fire increases
The intensity of emotions becomes stronger


Masks decay
Fake personas eventually crumble away


I look at the river
Looking at the passing of time


White foam floats down
Seeing the fleeting moments pass by


The body's poisoned
The physical and mental state is toxic


Got to sit tight
Must maintain composure in the face of adversity


The wait
Waiting for something to happen


The wait
Continuing the wait


The wait
Patience is key


The wait
Waiting for a resolution


After awakening
Realizing the truth


The silence grows
Introspection and self-discovery


The screams subside
The emotional turmoil fades away


Distortion shows
Recognizing the flaws and imperfections in oneself and the world


Mutant thoughts
Abstract and complex ideas emerge


Of bad mouthed news
Negativity and pessimism become prevalent


It's just another birth
This is just another struggle


Of distorted views
Perceptions are warped and inaccurate




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Jaz Coleman, Matthew Ferguson, Martin Glover, Kevin Walker

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Slinky 1372

Motives changing, day to day
The fire increases, masks decay
I look at the river, white foam floats down
The body's poisoned, gotta sit tight
The wait
The wait
The wait
The wait
After wakening, silence grows
The screams subside, distortion shows
Mutant thoughts, of bad mouthed news
It's just another birth, of distorted views
The wait
The wait
The wait
The wait
The wait
The wait
The wait
The wait



John Connard

Motives changing
Day to day
The fire increases
Mask decay
I look at the river
White foam floats down
The bodys poisoned
Gotta sit tight

The wait x4

After awakening
The silence grows
The screams subside
Distortion shows
Mutant thoughts
Of bad mouthed news
It's just another birth
Of distorted views

The wait x4

The wait x4



All comments from YouTube:

Pasi Mäkilä

I was a punk rocker in the eighties and I still love this song

Luis Ugalde

That was pobaly such a cool time to be around.

DEATH the GOAT formally known as Death

Hyvää!

I was a metal head in the eighties and loved Metallicas cover of this song!

unixfreak

Myself being born in '88, if you ever manage to build a time machine, please take me back with you lol.

Kaz Eddison

Killing Joke is truly an amazing band. Over the years, their sound has spanned post-punk, new wave, synth, industrial, and metal, and they are perfect at them all. Truly one of my favourite bands.

Super Fun Jam Tracks

You stated that perfectly!

Grzegorz Adamowski

The epic sound they achieved on this record was, and still is, awsome! Primitive, Requiem, Change, They wait - these were the songs that shaped my musical sensibilities back in the 80's, and also to large extent, and to this day, the way I play guitar riffs. One of the groundbreaking albums of the modern era! Who plays like that now?!?

humble servant

​@Jeffery Linder sounds demonic

Jeffery Linder

Geordie is underrated. Have you checked out the stuff they recorded in the kings chamber in the great pyramids?

Psykonaut_DXM

this was waaaay ahead of its time, true innovaters

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