Song of the Day #3,162: ‘Waiting For That Day’ – George Michael

george_michael_listen_prejudiceMy #3 album of 1990 is Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1, the second solo album by the late George Michael.

Three years earlier, Michael scored a massive hit with the pop classic Faith, an extremely difficult act to follow. Listen Without Prejudice sold only a third as many copies as its predecessor and received mixed to positive reviews, but for my money it’s just as strong an album.

Hit single ‘Freedom! ’90’ aside, this is a largely acoustic, melancholy album. Michael made the decision to shed his sex symbol image and stop appearing in his videos to focus more attention on the music. It might not have paid off commercially, but the songwriting here is uniformly excellent. And as always, he was in fine voice.

This album wasn’t just a career peak for Michael; it was essentially the end of his career. He released three more albums but none of them made an impact critically or on the charts.

But Faith and Listen Without Prejudice, Vol. 1 remain two of the best albums from this era.

Now every day I see you in some other face
They crack a smile, talk a while
Try to take your place
My memory serves me far too well

I just sit here on this mountain
Thinking to myself
You’re a fool boy
Why don’t you go down
Find somebody
Find somebody else
My memory serves me far too well

It’s not as though we just broke up
It’s not as though it was yesterday
But something I just can’t explain
Something in me needs this pain
I know I’ll never see your face again

C’mon now
I’ve got to be strong now

Now everybody’s talking about this
New decade
Like you say the magic numbers
Then just say goodbye to
The stupid mistakes you made
Oh my memory serves me far too well

Don’t you know that
The years will come and go
Some of us will change their lives
Some of us still have nothing to show
Nothing baby
But memories

And if these wounds
They are self inflicted
I don’t really know
How my poor heart could have
Protected me
But if I have to carry this pain
If you will not share the blame
I deserve to see your face again

C’mon now
You don’t have to be strong now
Come back

Come back to me darling
I will make it worth your while
Come on back to your baby
I miss your kiss
I miss your smile
Seems to me the peace I search to find
Ain’t gonna be mine
Until you say you will
Don’t you keep me waiting for that day
I know
You hear these words that I say

You can’t always get what you want

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One thought on “Song of the Day #3,162: ‘Waiting For That Day’ – George Michael

  1. Dana says:

    1990 doesn’t feel so long ago, but here we are referring to the “late” George Michael and Prince and Michael Jackson. Just crazy to me.

    I agree this was a great album for George Michael. I haven’t played it for a long time. I’ll need to remedy that.

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