"Wishing" as written by and John Kenneth/downes Wetton....
Do you throw it in the well
Wishing you had someone to tell
What it was that you wished for
So it couldn't come true anymore
I've thrown so much away
These times die and stay alive
I've gone and I've stayed
And though both happened
At the same time
I know which one I like
And which one I hate
You never change to fire if you're ice
Even if you melt on a table and dry
And that table is burned
I'll tell you why
'Cause you stayed by going away
And life changes not you
Life changes not you
Every time is contained in now
Now is only time anything happens
Though one moments shot
In infinity's rounds
Now is the one time
Anything happens here
Here, here, here
Here, here, here

Lyrics submitted by Deckers, edited by craft37

"Wishing" as written by John Kenneth Wetton Geoff Downes

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    General Commenti think this is a very meaningful song for john. i think it is about, having two lives, one of which is good and normal, the other one is very bad and he wishes he could get rid of it or just tell someone about it. He knows that running away from the problem will not do anything as it will stay with him. And he's come to a point where he has to chose which life he wants to lead... i think it is most likely to be about his drug problems.
    iluvpunkrockon October 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI don't understand why there is just one comment for this song! lol
    I love it like many songs of J.F.!
    I don't know what this song means, everything I know is that maybe John is only to know what mean his songs because it's very hard to find it!
    leathefrenchyon January 03, 2009   Link
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    General Commentimo this song is about wishing and wanting to have a soul mate.

    "Do you throw it in the well
    Wishing you had someone to tell" --- 'throw it in the well' is him tossing coins in a well which is the act of wishing, so hes wishing he had someone to tell his feelings to.

    "I’ve thrown so much away
    These times die and stay alive"---- hes constantly wishing he had something more, and these feelings come and go

    "You never change to fire if you’re ice
    Even if you melt on a table and dry" ----your true self always remains the same even if something tragic or emotionally scarring happens to you

    "And that table is burned
    I’ll tell you why
    ‘Cuz you stayed by going away
    and life changes not you" ------ the table burned is representing the change that has occured in you. 'youve stayed by going away' means that every person is afffected differently by things and the way youre affected is determined by the type of person you are. so basically, even if something happens to you causing you to act differently than you normally do, your still 'you' (staying), because you repsonded to it in your own way. thats why 'life changes not you'

    dcison May 24, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of my most favorite JF songs (and I love them all!), not only because it is so beautiful musically but the thoughts and emotions conveyed are also so beautiful. I think it is about being true to one's self, through times high and low ('life changes not you') and that through these hardships, he found his true self.

    I've gone and I've stayed
    And though both happened
    At the same time
    I know which one I like
    And which one I hate

    And as usual, he talks about the insignificance of time, that you can make mistakes but you can always make it up.

    The first paragraph alludes to wishing for someone who can understand him, but I don't think it is in the literal sense. I think the song is about understanding one's self and being content with who you are.
    paralleluniverseon January 02, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of my JF favorites. In general all these songs will remember me of long walks through town, to the park and through the trees and streets, nice warm days and most beautiful sounds in the universe. life's great, too bad I can't see it nowadays. But I'll be back someday, again with the same songs. cheers
    lukat93on May 09, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationIts about stop whishing for things that cant be done , leave the past behind and realise that you should live in the now , live the moment , thats where life is.
    sigma10269on April 10, 2017   Link
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    My InterpretationThis is basically song about love. Unhappened.
    Love, which also close to hate feeling.
    Which have stayed in a heart, even after process of leaving.
    In a life reminding about itself by continues happening.
    craft37on February 21, 2018   Link

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