June 30.2014 – Story Behind “Waitin’ On A Woman” by Brad Paisley

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Hear today’s Story here!

I love Brad Paisley! I have ever since he got started in the business and made a “radio tour” visit to Roanoke.
Most artists have to do the tour as it is like a rite of passage. When they are first starting the go all over
the country to meet radio programmers and play their music. Really cool relationships come out of these visits.
When Brad came to Roanoke, I worked at another radio country radio station down the road in Lynchburg. We thought
it would be fun to come to the Big City! So, Brad played in the bar at the Sagebrush Steakhouse. For those of you
who don’t know this restaurant used to be over at Valley View.
Well, there were 3 people in the bar and some radio staff. Brad has since said this was the worst experience
he had on the road! The bar flies weren’t exactly interest in his music. I was blown away. He could play anything
and encourage us to come up with old country songs. He knew each and every one and of course I was just fascinated
with his talent playing the guitar.
When he quit playing we were taking equipment to the radio station fan. Brad was carrying something ahead of me
and I was dragging an over-sized speaker. Needless to say, I was kind of hunched over to pull the speaker. Directly
in front of me was one of the radio stations sales executives, Sally Tinsley.
Well, she turned to look at Brad’s butt, no lie, and she let go of the door. It clocked me just right, in my left
eye. Instant black eye!
We had a good laugh over it and Brad even posed for a picture with me with his fist up like he had just given
me the souvenir.
And now you know why Brad is near and dear to my heart! ~ Robynn

“Waitin’ On A Woman” by Don Sampson and Wynn Varble is about the stereotype that a woman is always late. Varble is probably best known for co-writing Darryl Worley’s patriotic hit “Have You Forgotten?”

Wyn Varble told AOL the story behind the song. He explained: “A buddy of mine told me about a friend of ours who was in the hospital and wasn’t doing well at all. After I hung up with him, I talked to the guy and asked how he was doing. He was in his last days, and I asked him where his wife was. He said he told her to go home, that there was nothing she could do there. That title came to mind, and that little story, the outline of it.

Don [Sampson] and I had started a song the week before that we were going to finish, but Don said, ‘Shoot, let’s write this instead of that other one.’ We finished it in one day. That afternoon, I went to town to play it for one of my song pluggers down there, Cris Lacy. She hears a million songs, and I looked up at her afterwards, and she had tears down her face. I told Don, ‘I think we have something if it got through Cris Lacy’s hard shell.’ About a week later, somebody at Brad Paisley’s company played it for him, and he put it on hold, and the rest is history.”

The video was shot at an outlet mall in Pea Island, North Carolina. It features Andy Griffith sitting on a bench with Paisley. The veteran actor explains to the Country singer that a woman is worth waiting for. Paisley said on his press release: “‘Waitin’ on a Woman’ is one of the most important songs I’ve recorded. It’s a masterpiece written by Wynn Varble and Don Sampson, and the video demanded excellence and art to match the composition. Andy was my #1 choice for the video – he is the perfect person that embodies wisdom, years, and personality of the character in the video.”

This was Brad Paisley’s eighth consecutive chart-topper on the Hot Country Songs chart. This was the longest string of #1s on this list since Dan Seals had nine consecutive chart-toppers between October 1985 and February 1989.

This was Paisley’s 5th #1 taken from his 5th Gear album, meaning he became the first artist to pull five chart-toppers from one long player since Rodney Crowell had a quintet of #1s from his Diamonds and Dirt set between April 1988-September 1989.

Brad recorded “Waitin'” three times. First recording of the song was included on his 2005 album Time Well Wasted. Three years later, Paisley re-recorded the song for inclusion on a re-issue of his 2007 album 5th Gear. This re-recorded version was issued on June 9, 2008 and became the twenty-first chart single of Paisley’s career and became the twelfth number 1 single of his career and his eighth consecutive number 1 single. The song also appeared on Play with a guest vocal from the late Andy Griffith.

The song’s promo won the award for best music video at the 2008 CMA Awards. At the same ceremony Paisley also took home the prize for best male vocalist for the second year running.

LYRICS: Wynn Varble and Donald R. Sampson

Sittin’ on a bench at West Town Mall
He sat down in his overalls and asked me
“You waitin’ on a woman?”
I nodded, yeah and said, “How ’bout you”
He said, “Son since nineteen fifty-two
I’ve been waitin’ on a woman”

“And when I picked her up for our first date
I told her, I’d be there at eight”
And she came down the stairs at eight-thirty
She said, “I’m sorry that I took so long
Didn’t like a thing that I tried on”
But let me tell you son, she sure looked pretty

Yeah, she’ll take her time but I don’t mind
Waitin’ on a woman

He said the wedding took a year to plan
You talk about an anxious man, I was nervous
And waitin’ on a woman
And then he nudged my arm like old men do
And said, “I’ll say this ’bout the honeymoon, it was worth it
Waitin’ on a woman”

And I don’t guess we’ve been anywhere
She hasn’t made us late I swear
Sometimes she does it just ’cause she can do it
Boy, it’s just a fact of life
It’ll be the same with your young wife
Might as well go on and get used to it

She’ll take her time ’cause you don’t mind
Waitin’ on a woman

I’ve read somewhere statistics show
The man’s always the first to go
And that makes sense ’cause I know she won’t be ready
So when it finally comes my time
And I get to the other side
I’ll find myself a bench, if they’ve got any

I hope she takes her time, ’cause I don’t mind
Waitin’ on a woman
Honey, take your time, ’cause I don’t mind
Waitin’ on a woman

Sources: Song Facts, Wikipedia, You Tube and AZ Lyrics

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About Robynn

Robynn Jaymes has spent her whole life in radio… 30 years!! And almost half of them have been at Star Country. Originally from Cincinnati, Robynn came to the area as a Liberty University student. Along with all things country music, Robynn is a big fan of Football!—The Virginia Tech Hokies, The Washington Redskins and, of course, the Cincinnati Bengals. And also, “I’m addicted to the Weather Channel,” she says. Right now, Robynn is a big fan if the music coming from Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum and Kenny Chesney! Robynn is also a winner of the Billboard Air Personality of the Year award. Hear all new Warm & Fuzzies with Robynn M-F at 11:45AM!

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