Jack Johnson – Sitting, Waiting, Wishing

Here’s a great song to finally get those bar chords down pat. Jack Johnson’s song, “Sitting, Waiting, Wishing” is a great song to play and everyone seems to love it. Here’s some history on it….Sitting, Waiting, Wishing is a song written and played by Jack Johnson. It is the sixth song on the album “In Between Dreams” which was released in February 2005. It was released as a single in April2005.

The single, “Sitting, Waiting, Wishing” only became a chart hit in the United Kingdom after the re-release climbed into the Top 75 following Jack Johnson’s exposure on the 2006 BRIT Awards on ITV1. The single climbed to hit status a week before the release of “Better Together“. Both the original release and indeed the re-issue had failed to chart until this point. However, the single was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. Additionally, it was nominated for Best Male Video at the MTV Video Music Awards Japan ceremony in 2006.

The music video features reverse narration, similar to Coldplay‘s video for The Scientist. For the video, Johnson had to learn to say the lyrics backwards.

This song hints towards a story of a man who loves a woman very much, but his approaches are denied again and again. The man talks about how they are meant to be together and that even though he loves her, she keeps throwing his love back; shown in the line “building me up, you keep shooting me down”. Some of the final lyrics state that he is getting tired of loving her while getting nothing in return, and that she is just playing him for a fool.

The song was inspired by one of his friends’ pursuit of a woman. Have fun with it! Keep playing mates :) You can check out other great lessons by clicking here

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  1. […] Youtube Guitar Blog wrote an interesting post today on Jack Johnson – Sitting, Waiting, WishingHere’s a quick excerptAdditionally, it was nominated for Best Male Video at the MTV Video Music Awards Japan ceremony in 2006…. […]


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