About the Song
Penned by Don Sampson and Wynn Varble, “Waitin’ on a Woman” was performed not only once but thrice by Brad Paisley. In 2005, Paisley recorded the song and included it on his album, Time Well Wasted. He then re-recorded the song in 2007 for inclusion on his album, 5th Gear. Finally, in 2008, he again recorded the song and released it in the same year becoming Paisley’s 12th no. 1 single.
“Waitin’ on a Woman” centers on a recently married male sitting on a bench at a shopping mall. Waiting for his wife to finish shopping, he meets an older man who, like him, is waiting on a woman. The older man then explains that although he has often had to wait for his wife, he does not mind doing so. Moreover, he gives the younger man a piece of advice that he will often find himself “waitin’ on a woman” as well.
Sittin’ on a bench at West Town Mall
He sat down in his overalls and asked me
You waitin’ on a woman
I nodded yeah and said how ’bout you
He said son since nineteen fifty-two I’ve been
Waitin’ on a woman
When I picked her up for our first date
I told her I’d be there at eight
And she came down the stairs at eight-thirty
She said I’m sorry that I took so long
Didn’t like a thing that I tried on
But let me tell you son she sure looked pretty
Yeah she’ll take her time but I don’t mind
Waitin’ on a woman…
The older man then says that he feels that he will most likely die before his wife does. After making this realization, he finally states that he will wait for his wife in heaven because he, too, “[doesn’t] mind waitin’ on a woman” In the end, the old man is seen sitting on a white bench, wearing a white suit, on a lone beach, waiting for his wife to join him.
I’ve read somewhere statistics show
The man’s always the first to go
And that makes sense ’cause I know she won’t be ready
So when it finally comes my time
And I get to the other side
I’ll find myself a bench, if they’ve got any
I hope she takes her time, ’cause I don’t mind
Waitin’ on a woman…
Behind the Creation of the Song
In an interview with Country Weekly magazine, songwriter Wynn Varble received a call from his friend telling him that their former co-worker was in the hospital. Varble then wrote the song after calling his co-worker at the hospital, wondering where his wife was. He echoed the story and his idea to co-writer Don Sampson and after a few days, they played the song to Brad Paisley, who decided to record it.
On the other hand, in another interview with AOL, Varble revealed:
“A buddy of mine told me about a friend of ours who was in the hospital and wasn’t doing well at all. After I hung up with him, I talked to the guy and asked how he was doing. He was in his last days, and I asked him where his wife was. He said he told her to go home, that there was nothing she could do there. That title came to mind, and that little story, the outline of it.”
He continued and explained:
“Don [Sampson] and I had started a song the week before that we were going to finish, but Don said, ‘Shoot, let’s write this instead of that other one.’ We finished it in one day. That afternoon, I went to town to play it for one of my song pluggers down there, Cris Lacy. She hears a million songs, and I looked up at her afterwards, and she had tears down her face. I told Don, ‘I think we have something if it got through Cris Lacy’s hard shell.’ About a week later, somebody at Brad Paisley’s company played it for him, and he put it on hold, and the rest is history.“
Watch Brad Paisley perform “Waitin’ on a Woman.”
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