the song
title : Waiting game
written by : Jools Holland and Chris Difford
song copyright : © 1996 Bugle Songs Ltd / Rondor Music Ltd

the performance
musicians
Jools Holland piano
Mark Flanagen guitar
Dave Swift bass
Gilson Lavis drums, backing vocal
Christopher Holland organ
Chris Coldwell alto saxophone
Dave Bitelli alto saxophone
Phil Veacock tenor saxophone
Paul Bartholemew baritone saxophone
Jason McDermid trumpet
Jon Scott trumpet
Damon Brown trumpet
Barbara Snow trumpet
Roger Goslyn trombone
Rico Rodriguez trombone
Winston Rollins trombone
with :
Eddi Reader lead vocal
Ronnie Box backing vocal
Jules Singleton violin
Sonia Slaney violin
Jocelyn Pook viola
Dinah Beamish cello
music
key : A minor
time-signature : 6/8
tempo : MM 56
form : (i′) i V V C m i v V C m p     (opening build-up only on album version)
lyrics

provided for research and private study only (see above for copyright details):

Waiting game

you keep me waiting
unanswered phones
unanswered letters
when you’re at home
you blow the candle out
late at night
and keep me waiting
alone tonight

you keep me waiting
the waiting game
my heart’s unwinding
from times unchanged
you say tomorrow
tonight, today
you act elusive
oh, you’re acting strange

keep me waiting, tied up to dock
keep me waiting, like I’m a rock
rock in sea, sea full of rain
stuck in your waiting game


{waiting game, waiting game
{not single:} waiting game, waiting game
}
oh

– electric guitar solo

you keep me hanging
onto your hook
I’m waiting, waiting
misunderstood
I keep on waiting
just like a mug
the waiting game
is won by love

keep me waiting, tied up to dock
keep me waiting, like I’m a rock
rock in sea, sea full of rain
stuck in your waiting game


{waiting game, waiting game
waiting game, waiting game
}

explanations
reminder: Eddi is singing lead vocal, so the marked backup vocals in the above lyrics are by the other two singers

the recording
personnel
produced by : Jools Holland and Ronnie Box
recorded by : Jools Holland and Ronnie Box at Helicon Mountain Studios and/or Metropolis Studios, London
mixed by : Jools Holland and Ronnie Box at Helicon Mountain Studio and/or Metropolis Studios, London
mastered by : ? at Transfermation
technical
track timing : 4:13 (album); 3:45 (single)
song timing : 4:08 (album); 3:44 (single)
released on
album : Sex & jazz & rock & roll track 3
single : Waiting game track 1

commentary
the “single edit” version released on the single lacks the introductory piano-and-vocal build-up found at the start of the album version and a short passage in the first intermediate instrumental section
this track has also been released on various ‘best of Jools Holland’ compilations, but I am not sure which version has been used