Sitting, Waiting, Wishing

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"Sitting, Waiting, Wishing"
Single by Jack Johnson
from the album In Between Dreams
ReleasedJanuary 10, 2005 (2005-01-10)[1]
GenreFolk rock
Songwriter(s)Jack Johnson
Producer(s)Mario Caldato Jr.
Jack Johnson singles chronology
"Sitting, Waiting, Wishing"
"Good People"

"Sitting, Waiting, Wishing" is a song written and sung by Jack Johnson. It is the sixth song on the album In Between Dreams, which was released in February 2005. It was released as a single in January 2005.

The music video features reverse narration, similar to Coldplay's video for "The Scientist". The song was inspired by one of his friends' pursuit of a woman.[2]

The single, "Sitting, Waiting, Wishing" only became a chart hit in the United Kingdom after the re-release climbed into the Top 75 following Jack Johnson's exposure on the 2006 BRIT Awards on ITV1. The single climbed to hit status a week before the release of "Better Together". Both the original release and indeed the re-issue had failed to chart until this point. However, the single was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. Additionally, it was nominated for Best Male Video at the MTV Video Music Awards Japan ceremony in 2006.


Johnson explains the inspiration behind the song by saying: "A friend of mine was trying to get this girl named Michelle," said Johnson, "and I tried to write a song that would help him have a laugh at himself because he was spending so much time trying to get her and it obviously wasn't leading anywhere. That was one just to cheer up a friend."[3]

Track listing[edit]

CD single[edit]

  1. "Sitting, Waiting, Wishing" - 3:09
  2. "Free" (with Donavon Frankenreiter) - 2:35

German single[edit]

  1. "Sitting, Waiting, Wishing" - 03:09
  2. "Free" (with Donavon Frankenreiter) - 2:35
  3. "Give It To You" (with G.Love) - 03:22
  4. "Taylor" (Video)


Chart (2005) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 24
Ö3 Austria Top 40 51
German Media Control Charts 82
Netherlands Mega Single Top 100 67
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 25
UK Singles Chart 65 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 66
U.S. Billboard Adult Alternative Songs 1
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 25

1 = re-issue


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[4] 2× Platinum 140,000
Canada (Music Canada)[5] 2× Platinum 160,000
United Kingdom (BPI)[6] Silver 200,000
United States (RIAA)[7] Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ "Going for Adds" (PDF). Radio & Records. No. 1588. January 7, 2005. p. 19. Retrieved June 20, 2021.
  2. ^ Johnson hits the road, sharing his 'Dreams' - The Honolulu Advertiser - Hawaii's Newspaper
  3. ^ Johnson hits the road, sharing his 'Dreams' - The Honolulu Advertiser - Hawaii's Newspaper
  4. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2023 Singles" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved June 8, 2023.
  5. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Jack Johnson – Sitting Waiting Wishing". Music Canada. Retrieved November 10, 2022.
  6. ^ "British single certifications – Jack Johnson – Sitting Waiting Wishing". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved November 9, 2020.
  7. ^ "American single certifications – Jack Johnson – Sitting, Waiting, Wishing". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved November 9, 2020.