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Published on Nov 22, 2009
The third track from Ian McDonald and Michael Giles 1971 album McDonald & Giles. Fresh from King Crimson, McDonald and Giles got together to record this single album before going their separate ways. Giles brought in his brother Peter Giles to play bass but most other instruments are handled by McDonald and Giles themselves (Steve Winwood and Michael Blakesley make short appearances on other tracks). Unlike the dark and majestic work of King Crimson, McDonald & Giles is much folksier and lighter, yet maintaning much of the proggy and jazzy elements, especially the flowing drumming of Giles and moving saxophones, mellotrons and flutes of McDonald that was essential to early Crimson. This particular track, while not an absolute highlight of the album (if you ask me that is) is a very pretty and moody acoustic ditty credited entirely to McDonald. Lyrics:
Is she waiting Is the ashtray by the bed Beside her Is she waiting With the book that's never read
I need to know she knows I'm on my way home Curtains closed I'm back on the road
Is she lonely Painting pictures of the sea To show me In the morning She'll be there and I will be
Beside her is the place I know I should be See her face Shine smiling at me
Is she sleeping Half awake to hear the door At sunrise Is she waiting Just to be with me once more I know she is