Song of the Day #3,912: ‘I’ve Been Waiting’ – Matthew Sweet

Power pop seems to transcend trends and find an audience no matter the decade. From The Beatles in the 60s through Todd Rundgren and Big Star in the 70s, into a legacy carried on by R.E.M. and others in the 80s and 90s.

Matthew Sweet is solidly in that tradition, and his 1991 album Girlfriend is considered one of the definitive albums both of the year and the genre.

I’ve seen Sweet’s name mentioned quite a lot over the years but I’ve never taken the time to listen to his music. After spending a couple of hours with Girlfriend, I definitely get the hype.

This is a breakup album that dresses up the scars of personal pain in bright melodies and jangly guitars. Sweet finds room for some harder-edged material, as well as acoustic country flavors, but this is first and foremost a master class in pure pop.

When you said to me
You are not so old
Did I know it then?
‘Cause I had just been told

I didn’t think I’d find you
Perfect in so many ways
But I’ve been waiting [waiting]
And I want to [have you]
I’ve been waiting [waiting]
And I want to

The secret on your lips
That nobody knows
Gentle in your eyes
You can wear my clothes

I didn’t think I’d find you
Perfect in so many ways
But I’ve been waiting [waiting]
And I want to [have you]
I’ve been waiting [waiting]
And I want to [have you]
I’ve been waiting [waiting]
And I want to

[solo]

When you said to me
You are not so old
Did I know it then?
‘Cause I had just been told

You know I didn’t think I’d find you
Perfect in so many ways
But I’ve been waiting [waiting]
And I want to [have you]
I’ve been waiting [waiting]
And I want to have you [have you] [3x]

I’ve been waiting

One thought on “Song of the Day #3,912: ‘I’ve Been Waiting’ – Matthew Sweet

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I’ve heard about Sweet, but, like you, am unfamiliar with his music, which is surprising since he captures that Athens sound I like made most popular by REM. You can definitely hear that sound and connection to REM (which in turn descends from The Byrds) on this song.

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