Don't Wait on Me" is a song written by Don Reid and Harold Reid, and recorded by American country music group The Statler Brothers. It was released in 1981 as the first single from their album . The song peaked at No. 5 on the Years Ago Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. [1 ]
Statler Brothers group members
Don Reid and Lew DeWitt trade call-and-response lead vocals on the verses.
The song itself is an affirmation of a breakup, with one half of the ex-couple using "
when pigs fly"-type hyperboles – including the sun rising in the west and setting in the east, San Diego sailors not getting tattoeed, winter weather for the Fourth of July and so forth – to impress upon the other half that they should not expect to reunite as a couple. Several cultural references are made, including atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair (the impossibility of her being ordained and becoming a priest) and Wrigley Field, which at the time was the only unlighted field in Major League Baseball.
A live version was recorded in 1989 for the group's live album
Live-Sold Out, where the lyric referring to Wrigley Field was updated to placing a dome over the ballpark (as lights for night games had been installed at the field in 1988).
Chart performance [ edit ]
Billboard Hot Country Singles 5
RPM Country Tracks 36
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