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Here we go another time, my friends. Another song, another Lyrical Grace article brought to you by yours truly. However, before we head into this I want to first say what has been tugging at me since the first ‘release’ of this song, which is the live performance at YouTube Space in New York on August 7, 2019.

We can all agree that this song is one of our top favorites from Grace herself. Some fans- I’m sorry “supporters”- are kind of disappointed that the direction Grace seems to be taking from the last two songs (Waste My Time and Ur So Beautiful) is very dance-pop mainstream rather than what they feel should be her signature sound which is Indie Pop, or even Jazz.

While I understand the concern, you cannot deny the fact that the lyrics are pure Grace. Her lyrics are not very common to what pop artist mostly sing about and that is why she will forever be a pop prodigy like Lorde or Billie Eilish, or even Billie’s brother FINNEAS (check out his latest single “I Lost a Friend”). Grace never disappoints lyrically and that is why non-pop listeners should stick around. Also, Grace had said in her interview with Teen Vogue Magazine that she wants her supporters to know her better because she doesn’t think we know entirely her just yet. And that is for a number of reasons I assume, but most importantly, because she is growing up and her experiences and the way she channels her feelings changes. Her ultimate goal, according to the article is to get across what she is feeling into her songs. And if Waste My Time was heard in her mind as very dance-pop, then it will be dance-pop. I believe what we can say with certainty for now is that Grace is not in one category, but several.

Okay, now that I’ve said it, let’s do this!

Verse 1

Runnin’ with you it’s like we’re in a memory
That I’ll try to forget when you grow up and leave
Walkin’ slow because the time’s been running far
Maybe I should grow up, leave you with a scar

This feels very childhood experience. The words “memory”, “forget” and “grow up” gives a feeling of existing in the past, of being in the past but then the word “leave” shows that she is with the person in the present, feeling already that she is experiencing something that happened in the past, and knowing later on that the memories will be all that she would have left because this person is not forever. The person, she sings, “grow up and leave” could mean either the person moves away and only visits from time to time, or they will eventually grow a part rather than closer, maybe emotionally or in distance. So she tries as much as possible to slow time down because she never wants that time to come, and I just love how she puts it (the third line) she’s walking slow because time is running far (fast). Now she’s thinking maybe I should ‘grow up’ this time and leave you with a scar, because maybe she feels that the distance or the thought that they are not forever is not killing this person as much as it is killing her.

Pre-Chorus

You say “I love you” with an accent
Then I pretend like nothing happened
Tell me, won’t you miss Manhattan?
And even though this is pointless
And even though this is hopeless

This verse clarifies that the person had moved away and only visits from time to time with the words “accent” “miss” and “”Manhattan”. The person tries to reassure her that they still think of her by saying ‘I love you’ but she doesn’t want to hear it because missing them will be more painful or maybe she doesn’t want to believe it because they will still leave afterwards. She wants to know if the person will miss the place (Manhattan), or more importantly her. The last two lines connects with the chorus.

Chorus

I just wanna waste my time
And I just wanna waste your time
We can do anything you like
We can talk all night (ooooh)

She knows they will never get to or be where she wants them to be, but for now she just going to pretend that what they have together in the same place, with the short time that the person has, lasts forever. “Waste my time” is just another way to say let us pretend you are here to stay. Lets us do whatever you want and talk all night, which is the most cliche thing to do when trying to spend as much time as possible with someone knowing that in the morning they won’t be here. Why waste the time sleeping? It’s weird because from the last two lines in the pre-chorus you get the feeling that wasting time is best in this situation, which contradicts what most people think wasting time means, losing time but no. She wants to use time to her advantage. Do nothing but be with this person. Living in the moment and pretending they have forever.

Verse 2

I’m unsure of you because I know you’ll leave
You say you love me but I whisper “I don’t believe”
Stopping moments cause I can’t let it be true
This is going nowhere but I love wasting my time with you

What I have been saying is kind of clarified in this verse. From the pre-chorus you know she knows what is really happening. She does not want to go too deep or pretend too far because she is unsure of what the person leaving will mean. Are they going to stay in touch? Will their close relationship stay close? So she tries to relish in each moment they have. She wants to prolong these moments, and apparently still wants more even though she knows it will end soon, hence the “love wasting my time with you”.

And then you have the pre-chorus again before the chorus and this little:

Just waste my time
Waste your time

Right after the chorus (no lies when I first heard the song this part got stuck in my head first before anything else could). The pre-chorus is sung again but it changes, to make her pleas sound more desperate, anxious.

Pre-Chorus

You say “I love you” with an accent
And then I look away and act like nothing happened
Tell me honestly, will you miss seeing Manhattan?
And even though this is pointless
And even though this is hopeless

Not going to lie, I absolutely adore the outro/ bridge. The chorus is sung over it with the words barely there is the background. Her vocals man, love.

Before that, the last two last of the chorus right after the changed pre-chorus kind of solidifies what the song is about.

I’ll pretend you’re mine
Just waste my time

This is pretty self explanatory and what I had originally thought she had meant (of the song). Kind of a glass halfway full outlook to life.

Outro

Waste
(My darling you have one life)
(And time will fly so)
My time
Waste
(You should be wise)
(For you I’d happily waste mine)
Your time
(You have one life)
Waste, waste
(And time will fly so)
My time
Waste
(You should be wise)
(For you I’d happily waste mine)
Your time

She is happily enjoying the moment while she has it. You only have one life and for this person she will happily pretend that time is on their side. She also reassuring this person that she doesn’t mind wasting her time with them because it’s them and she doesn’t care anymore what will happen.

Well, that is it folks! This is my interpretation of the song. Hope you enjoyed reading! Tell me what you think.