Patience



These days have been so hard for me. And I know it all too well that there are harder days to come. However, I will try my best to keep holding on. I will try my best to keep it all together. I will try my best to get myself and gather my shits together. All I need is just a little patience. Last week I got a problem with my partner. And on the last weekend, I got a time off (since my phone got broken) for a while to figure things out by myself. And then something came up on my mind. The source of the problem was so simple: I was not patient enough to deal with my own anxiety. Hence I was venting it out on him. And he got angry with me because of that. Well, apparently we were both not patient enough to deal with our childish side. Just like he said, we were both egocentric. For me personally, I feel that I won’t be able to solve our problem if I don’t solve my own problem first. Hence I tried to calm my mind. And when I was in the middle of my own isolation, this one song came up just in time: “Patience” by Guns N’ Roses. Suddenly it felt like the universe was trying to tell me something through this song. And yes, it told me to be patient.

Shed a tear ‘cause I’m missing you; I’m still alright to smile. Girl, I think about you every day now. Was a time when I wasn’t sure, but you set my mind at ease. There is no doubt you’re in my heart now.” –Guns N’ Roses, Patience

“Patience”, released on April 1989, was the only single released from Guns N’ Roses’ second studio album, “G N’ R Lies”, or also known as “Lies”, which was released on November 29th 1988. While officially an extended play, it was treated as a studio album when released. Written mostly by the band’s guitarist Izzy Stradlin, along with the band’s front-man Axl Rose, “Patience” is an acoustic soft rock played using three acoustic guitars and was recorded in a single session. An official accompany music video for the song was shot and directed by Nigel Dick. As one of the legendary band’s signature songs, “Patience” has been a steady constant in the band’s set list on all tours, and also has been covered by many other artists since the song was released. Lyrically, it is a tough and manly love song that asking the significant other to be patient during the hard times they have as well as during the hardships they are facing within the relationship.


"Patience" single cover | source: en.wikipedia.org

When we are missing someone too much, we can get anxious. Even a couple who live together can get uneasy towards each other, moreover a couple who are separated by some distance. Though we are still able to smile, we cannot help but shedding tears whenever we miss our significant other. Though we still in contact with them, we cannot help but always thinking about our significant other all the time. Though we try so hard to keep our mind at ease, we cannot help but feeling unsure whenever we are away from our significant other. Though there is no doubt that they are in our heart, we cannot help but worrying about our significant other, the relationship, and the future. “Shed a tear ‘cause I’m missing you; I’m still alright to smile. Girl, I think about you every day now. Was a time when I wasn’t sure, but you set my mind at ease. There is no doubt you’re in my heart now. Take it slow, it’ll work itself out fine; all we need is just a little patience. Make it slow, and we come together fine; all we need is just a little patience.”
When we are longing for someone too much, we can get paranoid. At time like that, we choose to be alone rather than being stuck among people who cannot calm ourselves down. Since we cannot be with our significant other, we choose to alienate ourselves from the surroundings. We choose to wait all alone to be with our significant other rather than to spend it with someone else. Though we know it all too well that we cannot speed up the time until we can be with our significant other, we cannot help but getting so tense while waiting. Sometimes we can get so insecure because of the hard time we have without our significant other beside us. “I sit here on the stairs, ‘cause I’d rather be alone. If I can’t have you right now, I’ll wait, dear. Sometimes I get so tense, but I can’t speed up the time. But you know, love, there’s one more thing to consider. Take it slow, and things will be just fine; you and I’ll just use a little patience. Take the time, ‘cause the lights are shining bright; you and I’ve got what it takes to make it, we won’t fake it. I’ll never break it, ‘cause I can’t take it.”
When we want to see someone so much, we can get melancholic. We can take a stroll along the road all alone just to make it more dramatic. The point is that we need to take some time alone just in order to be able to feel alright again. It is because we are now too far apart from our significant other. It because being stuck in a crowd only makes us feel lonelier than ever. It is because being surrounded by so many people around only makes us feel more anxious than before. “I’ve been walking the streets at night, just trying to get it right. It’s hard to see with so many around. You know I don’t like being stuck in the crowd. And the streets don’t change but the name. I ain’t got time for the game, ‘cause I need you all this time.” And yes, we need our significant other too much to play the game of love with them. We won’t play, because it’s not a game; it’s a serious matter. It’s a matter for life. “Need a little patience. Need some patience. Could use some patience. Gotta have some patience. All it takes is patience. Just a little patience is all you need.”

"G N' R Lies" album cover | source: en.wikipedia.org

There are times when I feel breaking down from missing him too much; that the night is too cold to bear all alone without him beside me. There are times when I feel like tearing apart from longing for him too much; that the time is too harsh to cope with all alone without him here. I know that we’ve hurt each other and may have disappointed one another along the way, but I believe that all we need is just a little patience. At times like this, I just want to hold my significant other in my arms and tell him to take it slow; that it will work itself out fine. I want to hold his hands and say that we should make it slow; that we come together fine. At times like this, I just want to touch my significant other’s face and tell him to take it slow; that things will be just fine. I want to touch his hair and say that we should take the time, because the lights are shining bright. At times like this, I just want to smile at him and say that we just need to use a little patience; that we’ve got what it takes to make it, and we won’t fake it, and I’ll never break it, because I can’t take it. At times like this, I just want my significant other to be able to do those things toward me too. Hence I hope that both of us can use some patience, because I know that we need to take a little patience; that patience is all we need now. In the end, it takes two to tango. And I’m only able to walk on this rough path if you’re with me. So, darling, if you want to love me, please don’t refrain.

I’ve been walking the streets at night, just trying to get it right. It’s hard to see with so many around. You know I don’t like being stuck in the crowd. And the streets don’t change but the name. I ain’t got time for the game, ‘cause I need you all this time.” –Guns N’ Roses, Patience




Shed a tear ‘cause I’m missing you, I’m still alright to smile, girl, I think about you every day now
Was a time when I wasn’t sure, but you set my mind at ease, there is no doubt you’re in my heart now
Said, woman, take it slow, it’ll work itself out fine, all we need is just a little patience
Said, sugar, make it slow, and we come together fine, all we need is just a little patience

I sit here on the stairs, ‘cause I’d rather be alone, if I can’t have you right now, I’ll wait, dear
Sometimes I get so tense, but I can’t speed up the time, but you know, love, there’s one more thing to consider
Said, woman, take it slow, and things will be just fine, you and I’ll just use a little patience
Said, sugar, take the time, ‘cause the lights are shining bright, you and I’ve got what it takes to make it
We won’t fake it, I’ll never break it, ‘cause I can’t take it

Little patience, mmm yeah, mmm yeah
Need a little patience, yeah, just a little patience, yeah, some more patience, yeah
I’ve been walking the streets at night, just trying to get it right
(Need some patience, yeah) it’s hard to see with so many around, you know I don’t like being stuck in the crowd
(Could use some patience, yeah) and the streets don’t change but baby the name, I ain’t got time for the game
(Gotta have some patience, yeah)‘cause I need you, yeah, yeah, but I need you
(All it takes is patience) ooh I need you
(Just a little patience) ooh I need you
(Is all you need) ooh all this time

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