Waiting in Vain

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"Waiting in Vain"
Single by Bob Marley & The Wailers
from the album Exodus
LabelTuff Gong/Island
Songwriter(s)Bob Marley
Bob Marley & The Wailers singles chronology
"Waiting in Vain"
"Waiting in Vain" on YouTube
"Waiting in Vain"
Waiting in Vain (Annie Lennox).jpg
Single by Annie Lennox
from the album Medusa
RecordedMay 1994
Songwriter(s)Bob Marley
Producer(s)Stephen Lipson
Annie Lennox singles chronology
"A Whiter Shade of Pale"
"Waiting in Vain"
"Something So Right"
Music video
"Waiting in Vain" on YouTube
"Waiting in Vain" on YouTube

"Waiting in Vain" is a song written by reggae musician Bob Marley and recorded by Bob Marley & The Wailers, for his 1977 album Exodus. Released as a single, it hit number twenty-seven in the UK Singles Chart.

The single was one of only a few of Marley's Island singles to feature a non-album B-Side, this being the song "Roots", an outtake from the Rastaman Vibration sessions. This later appeared on the compilation Rebel Music and on Exodus (Deluxe Edition). The 1981 reissue of Waiting In Vain featured a megamix called Marley Mix Up Medley instead.

Annie Lennox version[edit]

"Waiting in Vain" was recorded by Annie Lennox for her album Medusa in 1995 – 18 years after Marley recorded it. It was released as the album's third single in 1995 and reached number thirty-one on the UK singles chart. Lennox's version was used in the 2001 film Serendipity, the 2002 film Changing Lanes and the final episode of Peter Kay's Car Share in 2018.

Track listing[edit]

1."Waiting in Vain" (Single Mix)4:07
2."No More 'I Love You's'" (Junior Vasquez Mix)7:32
3."Waiting in Vain" (Strong Body Mix)5:27
4."Medusa" (Interview excerpts)5:01


Chart Peak
UK Singles Chart[1] 27 (1977) Bob Marley & the Wailers
UK Singles Chart[2] 31 (1995) Annie Lennox


  1. ^ David Roberts (ed.): Guinness World Records – British Hit Singles and Albums, 19th ed., 2006, ISBN 1-904994-10-5
  2. ^ UK Singles Chart Official Charts Company (Retrieved 29 March 2008)

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