Jayhawks – Waiting For The Sun…. 80’s Underground Mondays

Ever since I heard this band on our alternative radio station in Nashville…Lightning 100 I’ve liked them. The Jayhawk’s writing and voices won me over with songs like Blue and I’m Gonna Make You Love Me.

This song opens up their Hollywood Town Hall album. The album peaked at #192 in the Billboard Album Charts and #11 in the Top Heatseekers Charts.

Benmont Tench, Charley Drayton, and Nicky Hopkins plays on the album with the Jayhawks.

The Jayhawks are an American alternative country and country rock band that emerged from the Minneapolis–Saint Paul music scene in the mid 80s. Minneapolis had a strong scene for bands in the 80s. The Replacements, Husker Du, Soul Asylum, and of course the big one…Prince.

The song, like most of The Jawhawks early cuts, is credited to the band’s guitarist Gary Louris and frontman Mark Olson.

Gary Louris: I didn’t know there was a song called “Waiting for the Sun,” I was not a Doors fan. I like them now, but I didn’t know there was a song called that. Maybe in my subconscious I did. 

From Songfacts

 According to Mark Derning of Allmusic.com, the song details, “a man who has lost his love under unpleasant circumstances and has hit the road, looking for something better from life and hoping a fair deal from the fates.”

Waiting For The Sun

I was waiting for the sun
Then I walked on home alone
What I didn’t know
Was he was waiting for you to fall

So I never made amends
For the sake of no one else
For the simple reason
That he was waiting for you to fall

It was not lost on me
It was not lost on me
Walkin’ on down the road
Looking for a friend to handout
Somethin’ might ease my soul

So I kept my spirits high
Entertaining passers-by
Wrapped in my confusion
While he was waiting for you to fall

It was not lost on me
It was not lost on me
Walkin’ on down the road
Looking for a friend to handout
Somethin’ might ease my soul

It was not lost on me
It was not lost on me
Walkin’ on down the road
Walkin’ on down the road
Walkin’ on down the road
Walkin’ on down the road

Author: badfinger20 (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

26 thoughts on “Jayhawks – Waiting For The Sun…. 80’s Underground Mondays”

  1. Well this group did get some radio play in my area, but not this song, which I really like. It was their next album when I started hearing them. I need to check out their earlier songs. They have great harmonies, and their melodies never go where I think they are heading.

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    1. I really like them a lot. I heard “I’m Going To Make You Love Me” in the late 90s early 2000’s I believe and have been hooked ever since. “Blue” is probably my favorite by them.

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    1. It can be in between power pop and country…they are good…in the seventies they probably would have made it.

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  2. Absolutely love the Jayhawks! I was at my local library back in the day and picked up Tomorrow The Green Grass knowing nothing about them and was hooked! My favorite is either Blue or I’d Run Away. But this is a great one as well

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      1. Funny how some bands had no problems getting press but couldn’t sell. Tbone’s younger brother loves Wilco and I think they fall into the same category. I could be wrong though

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    1. You may have seen them in the charts a couple years ago…they released an album in 2018…Benmont Tench oh yea…and a great keyboard player to boot.

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