"Every song I have translated is well translated, the one who works on the very difficult songs with me is Dee Shipman. I know her telephone number by heart, and her fax. It goes back and forth - 'No! I don't like this word!' And she comes back and says 'Because you don't understand English!' So I have to convince her and she has to convince me, and the rapport is fantastic."
- Charles Aznavour
"I wrote this sitting in our converted artist's studio in Flood St,in Chelsea.............
Every so often I would look up, hearing something outside, go to the window, and there'd be another big car outside the house opposite, and another vaguely familiar face would step out of the car, and make their way into the house. It was early 1979 - and by May that year I would be able to name every one of those faces.. because they were the new Conservative government; and in the house opposite me lived Margaret Thatcher, who would become our first female Prime Minister!
But that's another story! And it really hasn't anything to do with this song, except that my memory seems to work by association with places and events rather than chronological time.
So......... there I was, waiting for Ken, my husband, to get back, and I thought
"It's always about waiting. For something you're looking forward to, for something you're dreading; for someone to arrive, sometimes for someone to leave! As a child, the eternal waiting for a birthday,or Christmas, or to be grown up! It's always about waiting.........."
And one thought led to another, and the train of these thoughts led to this lyric, Waiting Is The Worst Part Of A Love Affair.
That evening, our lovely secretary, Enid, came round, as she did every week. We'd go through all the post, and then go out for supper.
This particular evening, as she was collecting together all the paperwork, she also picked up the piece of paper with this lyric on it..........
"Is this a new one?" she asked, and started to read it........... I watched various emotions chase each other across her face. Then half tearful, half laughing, she said
"Bitch!! How on earth did you know about that part of my life!?"
And she confided in me something I had had absolutely no idea about, all the years I'd known her.Finally, she said
"I think a lot of women will identify with this song"......... which I took as a real compliment!"
Is The Worst Part Of A Love Affair
Waiting is the worst part of a love affair
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