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Emile Haynie - Wait For Life

[Verse 1]
Why you make me work so hard
To put on that evening show
When you know that all I want
Is to make your money grow?
You're like a baby who don't got nowhere to go
I feel you eyeing me, you keep it on the low
(On the low, on the low)

But I can't let you in
And I can't keep you out
I wait for life to end
But it never comes around
And I can't hear you call
And I can't hear me shout
I wait for it to break
But it never comes around
And I'm lonely
I'm lonely
I'm lonely

[Verse 2]
Why you make me take that shit
To put on that evening show
When you know I don't need it
Better than your booze and blow?
You're like a baby, don't know better, you don't know
You drag me down, you try to keep it on the low

"Wait for Life" is a song produced by Emile Haynie featuring the vocals of singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey. The pair wrote the song together alongside Thomas Bartlett. The song was released as a single to promote Haynie's debut album, We Fall, on 29 January 2015. Following the release of Del Rey's March 24, 2023, album Did You Know That There's a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd, from which the track "Sweet" interpolates a melody from "Wait for Life," the song was removed from Spotify. It was restored 5 days later. After initial success as a producer for artists including Kanye West, Kid Cudi, and Eminem, Haynie gained notable recognition as a music producer. Through 2011 and 2012, Haynie began working with American indie pop singer Lana Del Rey, producing eight singles from her Born to Die album, namely the title-track, "Off to the Races", "Carmen", "Blue Jeans", "Summertime Sadness", "National Anthem", "Blue Velvet" and "Dark Paradise". According to Haynie, he was struggling emotionally in 2013 and 2014, leading to him not having the same amount of involvement in Del Rey's follow-up record, Ultraviolence, as he had wanted to have: "I tried doing regular production work... one of the things that was hard at the beginning was I was supposed to be working on Lana's Ultraviolence, and she's someone who is so important to me, and I just couldn't do it. She'd written it already and she had her songs that she'd written on piano, and it would have been more of a production gig, and I just couldn't do it. I made attempts with some of these amazing artists I would have always loved to have worked with, but I just couldn't focus. Then, once it became a real thing that I was making my own album, I didn't need to do anything else." An article in The Fader stated "When Lana came to Haynie's studio in New York for an Ultraviolence session one afternoon, the two got talking about relationships instead, and spontaneously recorded a demo. That session later became the We Fall track "Wait For Life," a song about impossible romance that's pinned around Lana's soft teasing out of the phrase, I'm lonely." Speculation began in December 2014 about Haynie and Del Rey possibly releasing a collaborative effort together. Suspicions were confirmed in early-January when the track "Wait for Life" was confirmed. Lyrically, the song tells the story of a tragic romance which involves one person maintaining unrealistic expectations that the relationship's fate will change. Haynie revealed in an interview that We Fall is indeed a narrative that details his recovery from a shattered romance.

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