Don't Waste Your Time

Album: Be A Winner (1984)
Charted: 60 48


  • This song was written and produced by Jonah Ellis, who co-wrote the 1981 Yarbrough & Peoples #1 R&B hit "Don't Stop The Music." Ellis got the idea for the song when he was 19 years old. He returned home from college and found out from a friend that his girlfriend was cheating on him. They broke up, but he started dating the girl who broke the bad news to him, and a few years later he wrote the song based on those events. The storyline worked well for Yarbrough & Peoples, who were the real-life couple of Cavin Yarbrough and Alisa Peoples, and "Don't Waste Your Time" also went to #1 on the R&B charts.
  • The guy who plays the love interest of the cheating girlfriend in the video is Ice-T, who had recently gotten into acting. The was in an episode of the TV series Fame in 1983, and appeared in the movie Breakin' in 1984.


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Gary Louris of The Jayhawks

Gary Louris of The JayhawksSongwriter Interviews

The Jayhawks' song "Big Star" has special meaning to Gary, who explains how longevity and inspiration have trumped adulation.

Richie Wise (Kiss producer, Dust)

Richie Wise (Kiss producer, Dust)Songwriter Interviews

Richie talks about producing the first two Kiss albums, recording "Brother Louie," and the newfound appreciation of his rock band, Dust.

Tom Keifer of Cinderella

Tom Keifer of CinderellaSongwriter Interviews

Tom talks about the evolution of Cinderella's songs through their first three albums, and how he writes as a solo artist.

Donald Fagen

Donald FagenSongwriter Interviews

Fagen talks about how the Steely Dan songwriting strategy has changed over the years, and explains why you don't hear many covers of their songs.

John Waite

John WaiteSongwriter Interviews

"Missing You" was a spontaneous outpouring of emotion triggered by a phone call. John tells that story and explains what MTV meant to his career.

Corey Hart

Corey HartSongwriter Interviews

The Canadian superstar talks about his sudden rise to fame, and tells the stories behind his hits "Sunglasses At Night," "Boy In The Box" and "Never Surrender."