Single Review: Bruce Springsteen “Waitin’ On A Sunny Day”

Waitin’ On A Sunny Day
Album: The Rising
Year: 2003

Bruce Springsteen anticipates when his girlfriend no longer suffers from depression in the heartening “Waitin’ On A Sunny Day.”

Springsteen counts “1,2, 3, 4” along with an easygoing drum. An encouraging harmonica joins in. He comforts his girlfriend as she cries. He says that the problem will work itself out and they will find a solution. (“It’s rainin’ but there ain’t a cloud in the sky/Musta been a tear from your eye/Everything’ll be okay/Funny thought I felt a sweet summer breeze/Musta been you sighin’ so deep/Don’t worry we’re gonna find a way.”)

In the chorus, he patiently looks forward to trouble-free times again. Until then, he will deal it and try not to let it bother him. (“I’m waitin’, waitin’ on a sunny day/Gonna chase the clouds away/Waitin’ on a sunny day.”)

His girlfriend is his rock. She keeps him emotionally strong and balanced. He can’t think straight or function without her. (“Without you I’m workin’ with the rain fallin’ down/Half a party in a one dog town/I need you to chase the blues away/Without you I’m a drummer girl that can’t keep a beat/And ice cream truck on a deserted street/I hope that you’re coming to stay.”)

In the third verse, he tells her problems are a certainity. However, he wants to see her smile again. It will pick up his mood, knowing she is not dwelling on the situation.(“Hard times baby, well they come to tell us all/Sure as the tickin’ of the clock on the wall/Sure as the turnin’ of the night into day/Your smile girl, brings the mornin’ light to my eyes/Lifts away the blues when I rise/I hope that you’re coming to stay.”)

The harmonica and drum solo closes the single.

The touching hopefulness of the single has a sense of desperation. Springsteen’s gritty vocals are worrisome. He has to believe she will get better. If not, he will lose his optimism towards life. It’s powerful song filled with rich subtext and emotion.


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