Who Are You Waiting For

Album: This Is M.E (2014)

Songfacts®:

  • Melissa Etheridge wrote this song for her 2014 wedding to Linda Wallem, which is where she debuted it. "I opened a door to my inner little heart and wrote a song," she said. "I sat down at the piano, started writing and the chorus came out, about how we were friends for years and years, and as we got closer it was 'Who are you waiting for? I'm right here!'"
  • Etheridge made a voice memo of what she'd written and sent it to songwriter and Jon Levine (Nelly Furtado, K'Naan, Selena Gomez). She recalled: "He went crazy over it, said, 'You gotta warn me before playing something like that!'"

    Levine put together the arrangement for the version on the This Is M.E album, including the organ that comes in toward the end. "That gets you," she said. "The first time I heard that I burst into tears. I wasn't there when he did it. It floored me."

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