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Is She Waiting? - McDonald & Giles

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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

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