♫ Waiting For A Girl Like You ♫

Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones wrote the song with lead singer Lou Gramm,  According to Jones …

“There’s a song called ‘Waiting For A Girl Like You,’ which I literally had no control over, it just came out. I had no idea what it meant, but it got to the point where I couldn’t even be in the studio when we were recording it sometimes, it left such a deep impression on me. But it ended up being a song that brought a lot of people together. I hear these days that it’s a song that a lot of people play at their weddings. It’s the kind of song that the pen does the writing, and you don’t even know where it came from. But I feel that it’s stuff that’s floating around at times and you have to grasp it – it’s kind of flying around in the air, and you just have to be open enough to let that flow through you. Sometimes it’s sort of mystical where these ideas come from. Sometimes you have an idea about a song, or you have a title that you base the rest of the song on, but sometimes it comes just literally from an unknown area. You’ll be thinking about something completely different, and suddenly you get that inspiration. I usually know when it’s happening, and I just let it flow and try not to interfere with it – just try and deliver what that thought, those feelings, mean.”

This may be the biggest hit single in US chart history that never made it to #1. It spent an astounding 10 weeks at #2, but had the misfortune of peaking at the same time as Olivia Newton-John’s even more massive hit Physical, which spent 10 weeks at the top spot.

The distinctive synthesizer theme was performed by the then-little-known Thomas Dolby.  Said Dolby …

“It was great to work with a top band and a top producer – I was very inexperienced in the studio. And I associated Foreigner with solid hard rock and AOR radio and things like that, but they said that they had a couple of really great ballads and that they wanted to take a different approach to them. I think to be listening to commercial radio in 1981 and to hear 15 seconds of ambient music coming out on the front of the song was very unusual. A journalist said, ‘This is a radical approach for Foreigner, who’s responsible for it?’ They would see my name on the credits, and go, ‘Well, who is this guy?’ So I think that it actually contributed in large part to there being a receptive atmosphere for when I came out with my solo stuff.”

Waiting for a Girl Like You
Foreigner

So long, I’ve been looking too hard, I’ve been waiting too long
Sometimes I don’t know what I will find, I only know it’s a matter of time

When you love someone, when you love someone
It feels so right, so warm and true, I need to know if you feel it too
Maybe I’m wrong, won’t you tell me if I’m coming on too strong?
This heart of mine has been hurt before, this time I want to be sure

I’ve been waiting for a girl like you to come into my life
I’ve been waiting for a girl like you, your loving will survive
I’ve been waiting for someone new to make me feel alive
Yeah, waiting for a girl like you to come into my life

You’re so good, when we make love it’s understood
It’s more than a touch or a word can say
Only in dreams could it be this way

When you love someone, yeah, really love someone
Now, I know it’s right, from the moment I wake up till deep in the night
There’s nowhere on earth that I’d rather be than holding you tenderly

I’ve been waiting for a girl like you to come into my life
I’ve been waiting for a girl like you, your loving will survive
I’ve been waiting for someone new to make me feel alive
Yeah, waiting for a girl like you to come into my life

I’ve been waiting, waiting for you, ooh
Ooh, I’ve been waiting
(Waiting) I’ve been waiting
(I’ve been waiting for a girl like you, I’ve been waiting) won’t you come into my life?
Aah-aah-aah

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Lou Grammatico / Mick Jones
Waiting for a Girl Like You – Footloose lyrics © Somerset Songs Publishing Inc

9 thoughts on “♫ Waiting For A Girl Like You ♫

    • Heh heh … might I guess that Olivia Newton-John is not among your favourites? I’m glad you liked this song … now stay tuned for tomorrow’s (actually today’s … Tuesday’s), for I think you’ll find it to your liking as well.
      Cwtch

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