John Waite – Missing You

First Hit #1: September 22, 1984

Some songs are just about lies. Missing You is a simple, direct and obvious lie. The chorus is about the singer declaring he’s not missing you, or whoever he’s singing about. The verses (and title) are about how desperately he misses you. It’s simple, and it’s direct, and it’s easy to understand. It’s not the greatest song ever written, but it’s has a pretty nice chugging little guitar riff and Waite does give a pretty decent performance overall. It’s also difficult to write too much about, Waite isn’t doing much new, it’s trendy but not in a particularly new and exciting way, and it’s just an alright song overall. It’d make a great soundtrack choice for a romantic comedy set in the ’80s though, if you’re planning on making one of those.

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One Response to John Waite – Missing You

  1. RBerman says:

    It’s the sort of lyrical hook that’s very at much at home in at country music, and in fact Waite had a duet version of this song recently on an album by bluegrass singer Alison Krauss. Pop music in general lacks a sense of humor and wordplay, with the notable exceptions (Barenaked Ladies, Weird Al, They Might Be Giants, etc.) getting pigeonholed as “nerd music.”

    Musically, as you say, there’s nothing unique about this song. The arrangement is fairly pedestrian. But it does have quite a nice melodym, and Waite delivers it well.

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