It feels like it’s been forever since we’ve heard anything from season 7 American Idol winner David Cook, probably because he’s been on a semi-hiatus since the release of his 2011 album This Loud Morning. I mean, he’s released some singles independently (“The Last Song I’ll Write For You” in 2012 and “Laying Me Low” in 2013) and is in the process of working on a new album set for release next year. The album’s lead single? An emotional ballad titled “Wait For Me”. With Cook’s departure from previous label RCA Records, the new album will most definitely be more raw and honest than the previous albums and “Wait For Me” is the beginning of a new chapter in his musical career.
“Wait For Me” lyrically tells a beautiful tale of how one can go from loving someone so much to having them become “another picture in a broken frame” where you begin “crying salt into an open wound”. The track begins with haunting and elegant pianos that transition into modern pop/R&B-esque instrumentation while guitars and electronic drums kick in heavily in a gloomy, wailing chorus of “no matter where you go/yeah, will you let me know?/will you wait for me, you wait for me?/more than I ever knew/yeah, all I need is you/will you wait for me, you wait for me?/falling faster by the afternoon”. He very much keeps to his classic David Cook style and thank goodness he does.
“Wait For Me” subtly brings to light how his life was completely turned upside down by this toxic person who creates a constantly self-blaming nature in him as well as turns him into a lovesick fool who longs to always see his lover when he opens his eyes. It takes him awhile to begin “connecting dots around the black and blue” bruises caused by a one-sided romance, but that same realization opens up a door for him to move on. However, he battles himself throughout the song on whether or not this person is deserving of his heart, in which there’s a prominent sense of unrequitedness while the chorus reveals that he still very much pines after this person.
In a completely opposite idea, “Wait For Me” can also be about him looking back on HIMSELF being the toxic person in the relationship. No one is ever completely to blame (except in certain situations of course) when it comes to a failed connection, so this could easily be Cook’s take on what he would say to the one that walked away. You know it’s a great song when you can see multiple aspects within each line that’s for sure.
David Cook has consistently written gut-wrenchingly emotional tracks and “Wait For Me” is certainly no different. Every song he pens and sings is full of passion whether it be about heartbreak, love, or even a storytelling track and this new single embodies all three in such a harmonious way that it takes a couple of listens to realize it. “Wait For Me” embodies that constant back and forth that one goes through when they’re fresh from a breakup – where you’re upset yet still love the person regardless of how badly your heart is broken. The song is a perfect springboard for him as he gets ready to release a new album for next year and I have no doubts it will be as moving and honest as this song comes across.
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