"Wish I Could" as written by Norah Jones and Lee Alexander....
We met in a place I used to go
Now I just walk by it for show
Can't bear to go in without you, you know
Wish I could
Wish I could

But Annie is standing in the door
With a look on her face, I can't just ignore
She tells me that her heart is sore
And pulls me in
She pulls me in

She says, "Love in the time of war is not fair
He was my man, but they didn't care
Sent him far away from here
No goodbye
No goodbye"

I don't tell her that I once loved you too
Or about all the things we used to do
I kiss her hair and think of you
Walking down
The road you found

We met in a place I used to go
Now I only walk by it slow
Can't bear to go in without you, you know
Wish I could
Wish I could
Wish I could
Wish I could


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"Wish I Could" as written by Norah Jones Lee Alexander

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    General CommentThis is such a lovely song. It seems to speak of some sort of love triangle. Two friends may have fallen in love with the same man.
    ophelia219on March 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAmazing song...it's just got such a soothing melody. I also agree that it's about a love triangle between two friends.
    sylviewilvie22on March 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYeah true. Very sweet song. Her friend doesn't know about their relationship and they are both anxious about his going to fight in the war:

    She says "love in the time of war is not fair",
    "he was my man but they didn't care",
    "sent him far away from here", etc etc.

    Yeah but it's a blissful melody and chord progression, not to mention beatiful lyrics.
    LukeBon April 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI'm surprised there's no more comments here, her voice is just too emotional in this song, every note right on the sore spot ;-)
    dag_102on January 16, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI'm not big on any type of rumors for celebrities or etc (so I don't know if there are some are not),... but I see what you mean with your comment. She does seem in-tuned to this song. Either way, I don't think that she needs to be judge for anything. These are songs and could be something felt. If that's a friend or partner it's still how everyone feels in a short term or long term relationship. She's great for putting herself out their, if it's for her our someone she sympathizes with.
    mmiahon February 25, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationHere's my interpretation of this song.

    This song is a love letter to a love that has passed away; pretty obvious. This love was involved with the singer and the other subject of the song, Annie. Annie hears of the unnamed love's demise and comes to our narrator for comfort. The narrator swallows her own sadness to comfort Annie while thinking of our unnamed love.

    At the end of the song it has always sounded to me that she says, "Can't bear to on without you along" instead of the listed lyric of "Can't bear to go in without you now." This has always led me to believe that this love letter being written is actually a suicide note and that the singer can't bear to go on without her love.
    Jaco927on December 17, 2012   Link

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