Wasting My Time

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Wasting My Time
Appears on Outrider
Published by Succubus Music
Registration ASCAP 530325809
Release date 7 May 1988
Recorded February 1987 at
the Sol Studio, Cookham, Berkshire.
Genre Hard rock, blues-rock
Language English
Length 4 minutes 28 seconds
Composer Jimmy Page and John Miles
Label Geffen Records (UK and US), Warner Music (Japan)
Producer Jimmy Page
Engineer Leif Mases

'Wasting My Time' was the first single released, from Jimmy Page's 1988 album Outrider. It was recorded in February 1987, at the Sol Studio, Cookham, Berkshire, and released on 7 May 1988 by Geffen Records in the United States and in the United Kingdom.

The song is underpinned by workmanlike heavy drumming from Jason Bonham, and sweeping minor-chord riffing by Jimmy Page.[1] John Miles' vocals add a gruff bluesy tone.[2] 'Wasting My Time' lyrics are about a relationship that went no-where and it's time for the parties to move on.

The band appeared on the music video for the single, and was one of the most requested MTV songs of 1989. It is still regularly screened to this day on VH1 Classic's metal show.

Chart positions


Chart (1988) Peak position
UK Singles Chart
US Billboard The Billboard Hot 100 Chart
US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart


  • Musicians:
    • Jimmy Page - guitar, backing vocals, producer
    • John Miles - vocals
    • Tony Franklin – bass guitar
    • Jason Bonham - drums, percussion
  • Production:
    • Leif Mases – engineer, mixing
    • Steve Hoyland - assistant engineer
    • Dıck Beetham - assistant engineer
    • George Marino - mastering
    • J. L. - artwork and cover co-ordination
    • Peter Ashworth - photography


  1. Tolinski, Brad (2012). “I Still Had a Lot to Offer and Say Musically…”, Light & Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page. London: Virgin Books, 246. ISBN 978-0-7535-4040-4. OCLC 850314285. 
  2. Christensen, Thor (September 1988). "Spins: Jimmy Page, Outrider, Geffen". Spin 4 (6): 90. ISSN 0886-3032. Retrieved on 2 January 2014.