"Wish I Stayed" as written by and Elena Jane Goulding....
Why can't we speak another language
One we all agree on
When men look outside, they see houses
Instead of the fields they grew from
We are constantly uprooted from them
Making us tiresome (and fearful)
Can you get up right now
Endeavor to free fall?

You can fall if you want to!
It's just a matter of how far
You've treasured our hometown,
But you've forgotten where you are
And it will stay with you until your mind's been found,
And it has been found wondering around

With that skipping rope, the trampoline,
The crafty smoke that made us choke
But we didn't give up hope
It's just the simple ways of getting paid,
The carelessness of running away
I wish I stayed
I wish I stayed

Patterns all arranged in my background
Pillars and posts keeping this country on form
Letters were all sent
With no addresses so that people can't discover
That we're always under cover
Why do I always draw triangles?
Instead of words this paper deserves

I don't own my clothes but I own my mind,
And it's not what you've lost but it's what you find
I don't own my clothes but I own my mind,
And it's not what you've lost but it's what you find

With that skipping rope, the trampoline,
The crafty smoke that made us choke
But we didn't give up hope
It's just the simple ways of getting paid,
The carelessness of running away
I wish I stayed
I wish I stayed

You can fall if you want to!
It's just a matter of how far
You've treasured our hometown,
But you've forgotten where you are
And it will stay with you until your mind's been found,
And it has been found wondering around

With that skipping rope, the trampoline,
The crafty smoke that made us choke
But we didn't give up hope
It's just the simple ways of getting paid,
The carelessness of running away
I wish I stayed
I wish I stayed


Lyrics submitted by imaduck, edited by imrightherehey

"Wish I Stayed" as written by Ellie Goulding

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    General CommentShe's amazing, and this song is an absolute gem. I think it's about leaving your hometown, and under appreciating it before, but coming to realise how good it was to you after leaving.
    hey,gorgeous.on January 06, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningI've read somewhere that its about when she left her house in the countryside to live in the city and her missing her home. shes brill
    Euroxon February 10, 2010   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionI can't stand spelling mistakes and lack of punctuation... and there are some incorrect/missed out lyrics, so I thought I might as well do the whole thing. :) - Bear in mind this is the album version.

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    Why can't we speak another language, one we all agree on?
    Why and when men look outside, do they see houses,
    Instead of the fields they grew from?
    We are constantly uprooted from them, making us tiresome and fearful,
    Can you get up right now? Endeavour to free-fall.

    'Cause you can fall if you want to, it's just a matter of how far,
    You've treasured your home town, but you've forgotten where you are.
    And it will stay with you until you're mind's been found,
    and it has been found wondering around.

    With that skipping rope, the trampoline,
    The crafty smoke that made us choke,
    But we didn't give up hope.
    It's the simple ways of getting paid,
    The carelessness of running away,
    I wish I stayed,
    I wish I stayed,
    I wish I stayed.

    Patterns all arranged in my background,
    It's pillars and posts keeping this country on form.
    Letters were all sent with no addresses so that people can't discover.
    We're always undercover.
    Why do I always draw triangles instead of words this paper so deserves?

    'Cause you see,
    I don't own my clothes but I own my mind,
    And it's not what you've lost,
    But it's what you find.

    We found that skipping rope, the trampoline,
    The crafty smoke that made us choke,
    But we didn't give up hope.
    It's the simple ways of getting paid,
    The carelessness of running away,
    I wish I stayed,
    I wish I stayed,
    I wish I stayed.

    'Cause you can fall if you want to, it's just a matter of how far,
    You've treasured your home town, but you've forgotten where you are.
    And it will stay with you 'til you're mind's been found,
    and it has been found wondering around.

    With that skipping rope, the trampoline,
    The crafty smoke that made us choke,
    But we didn't give up hope.
    It's the simple ways of getting paid,
    The carelessness of running away,
    Now, I wish I stayed,
    I wish I stayed,
    I wish I stayed,
    I wish I stayed,
    I wish I stayed.
    joehjynxon March 03, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionI think it's "And it has been found wandering around" instead of "wondering around".
    This song is lovely. I can't stop listening to it over and over again.
    rockcitydrugon August 14, 2010   Link
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    General CommentEllie's songs are too addictive!
    canuckgirl105on January 12, 2011   Link
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    My OpinionI love this song. I love this version the most: youtube.com/…
    Its my fav song of her right now
    Gabriellaella23on May 02, 2011   Link
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    General Commentellie wrote this about moving from her home in hertfordshire to London and how much she missed her hometown and regretted moving away. Its about not appreciating the place where you grew up until it has gone
    scoobydogon November 12, 2012   Link

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