"Wishes" as written by and Victoria Garance Alixe Legrand Alex Kristian Scally....
The roses on the lawn
Don't know which side you're on
In a daze it will change
Wishes on a wheel
Wishes on a wheel

The voices in the hall
Will carry on their talking
Carry weight you can't take
Wishes on a wheel
Is it even real?

The contact that you make
The moment when a memory aches
Who can tell?
You do it well
Wishes on a wheel
How's it supposed to feel?

One in your life
It happens once and rarely twice
One in your life
It happens once and rarely twice

The roses on the lawn
Won't know which side you're on
On that hill
Forever still
Wishes on a wheel
How's it supposed to feel?
Wishes on a wheel
Wishes on a wheel


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"Wishes" as written by Victoria Garance Alixe Legrand Alex Kristian Scally

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  • +4
    My InterpretationI was contemplating the meaning of this and so I looked for other's opinions. Here's Pitchfork's take anyways.

    First off, they generalize this whole album: "Bloom has a definite thematic fascination with idle youth and the bittersweet residue that remains once it's gone." Then they go onto talk about this track specifically... "Toward the end comes a mid-tempo, quietly spectacular song called "Wishes", on which Legrand sings about "the moment when a memory aches." It might be tempting to call that feeling nostalgia. But the sort of nostalgia Bloom employs feels so distant from the definition that word has taken on lately when we talk about music. What they do feels not just wonderfully self-contained but improbably intimate: It's a huge testament to Legrand and Scally that, although they're one of the most popular bands in the indiesphere at the moment, their music still has the hushed air of an overheard secret."
    zackmorgson May 29, 2012   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI'm VERY surprised that I haven't seen any comments where anyone points out the obvious meaning of the main lyrics "Wishes on a wheel". I think of it like this - the wheel is the kind of wheel you'd see on the price is right or something like that. A spinning wheel that you spin and never know what you're going to get.

    Wishes would be things you want in life, things you wish for. You never know where the wheel lands, you never know what you're going to get. Wishes on a wheel.
    anon717on February 13, 2015   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationMy uninformed interpretation: The song has to do with a death and the grieving process. Maybe some guilt over not grieving as much as you feel you're obliged to, or maybe being in such shock that you can't seem to behave as you ought to. The wishes could be wishing the person didn't die, or wishing you could feel the pain you know is coming.

    The roses on the lawn
    Don't know which side you're on

    (Roses are indifferent to you. Whether you're alive or dead, or how you feel inside)

    In a daze it will change

    (I read this as "[You're] in a daze [but] [that] will change" i.e. the shock that someone has died will disappear and you will leave the daze and feel the grief)

    Wishes on a wheel
    Wishes on a wheel

    The voices in the hall
    Will carry on their talking
    Carry weight you can't take

    (This strikes me as a grown-up conversation taking place just out of earshot for a youth. Weight you can't take might be the death, which would be supported in a later line...)

    Wishes on a wheel
    Is it even real?

    (Is that person really dead?)

    The contact that you make
    The moment when a memory aches
    Who can tell?
    You do it well

    (Grief finally sets in, but you cannot express it "properly")

    Wishes on a wheel
    How's it supposed to feel?

    (confusion over why the loss isn't felt the way it's "supposed" to be felt)


    One in your life
    It happens once and rarely twice
    One in your life
    It happens once and rarely twice

    (this type of disarming shock from death only hits you once? 'm not sure about this part.)

    The roses on the lawn
    Won't know which side you're on
    On that hill
    Forever still

    (The roses don't know you're in a grave, why have them at a funeral?)

    Wishes on a wheel
    How's it supposed to feel?
    Wishes on a wheel
    Wishes on a wheel
    ictlwon March 11, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI took this song to be from the perspective of a suicidal student who questions if life is even reality.
    "The roses on the lawn
    Don't know which side you're on"
    Is he asking on which side of the roses you are on (left right) or on what side of the lawn you are on (above or beneath, meaning dead)

    " In a daze it will change"
    Saying "It will change" means that the changing of sides will not be optional. It's going to happen (Death), and the kid's perspective that the transition from life to death, from this reality to this "other" reality will happen in a daze, thus there is no ending but merely a transition.

    " Wishes on a wheel" or perhaps bullets in a gun.
    Wishes on a wheel

    "The voices in the hall
    Will carry on their talking
    Carry weight you can't take"
    Referring to the pain he is experiencing from gossip, peer pressure, bullying, or whatever. Notice he said in the hall, which leads us to believe this is happening in school.

    " Wishes on a wheel"
    Is it even real?"
    Again questioning this reality as the true reality. Alluding that there may be something more elsewhere.

    "The contact that you make
    The moment when a memory aches"
    Expressing that pain is the result of his connection with life. Literally contact creates memories that result in pain.

    " Who can tell?
    You do it well"
    In spite of this pain, others around him can't tell that he is suffering because he is putting on a great face in spite of how life is impacting him.

    Wishes on a wheel
    " How's it supposed to feel?"
    Life is "supposed" to be good and living a joy, but this person is asking "how are these painful experiences supposed to feel, because they aren't feeling like how life is being advertised. In other words, he's asking how should I be interpreting what's happening to me, because I just interpret pain.

    "One in your life
    It happens once and rarely twice
    One in your life
    It happens once and rarely twice"
    This one is tricky because it says it happens once, meaning that it is not optional. It's not that it can happen, but that it will happen. And yet it is possible to happen twice. I thought of growing up physically (which will happen once) and perhaps growing up in maturity (which happens rarely), but that didn't fit the rest of the song. I'm left with him talking about death. It does happen once, and rarely twice for those who have the "near death experiences" where they are legally dead and yet come back.


    "The roses on the lawn
    Won't know which side you're on"
    Again referring to not sure of reality, being dead or alive.

    "On that hill
    Forever still"
    This line clinched it for me. On the hill, forever still. In a word dead. But listen to his voice and the music at this point. It is so beautiful, as if this person is imagining the peace and tranquility that will be found in death. An escape from the things he mentioned before. The weight he can't bear, the aching memories from each contact with life.

    Wishes on a wheel
    How's it supposed to feel?
    Wishes on a wheel
    Wishes on a wheel

    Really wish I had a different interpretation but I can't get away from this one.
    justinljoneson January 28, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General Commentdammit I love this song!!
    nickbrianon May 19, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song reminds me of a mad men episode called the wheel, the episode's tone fits the lyrics and sound of the song, so so beautiful. she sings this song with so much emotion!
    alicelopez130on June 11, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBest song on 2012. It sounds like the last sing I would like to hear before dying.
    Tendaxon December 27, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Comment'The roses on the lawn
    Don't know which side you're on' - She/He doesn't know if (s)he's special like a rose or if (s)he's just like everybody else, just green lawn.

    'In a daze it will change' - She's about to find out!
    'Wishes on a wheel' - Her/his wishes is spinning.

    'The voices in the hall
    Will carry on their talking
    Carry when you can't take' - People are going to talk good things about they both, even if sometimes, they can't believe there are good things to talk about them.

    'Wishes on a wheel
    Is it even real?' - S(he)'s in doubt about their love.

    'The contact that you make' - with their eyes, their touch.
    'The moment when a memory aches' - when s(he) thinks about the good times they spend together.
    'Who can tell?' - Who lived a love like their love?

    'Wishes on a wheel
    How's it supposed to feel?' - S(he) doesn't know how to feel, happy or sad.

    'One in your life
    It happens once and rarely twice' - Real love just happen one time in live, and a few times, twice.

    'The roses on the lawn
    Won't know which side you're on
    On that hill
    Forever still' - It doesn't matter if s(he)'s a rose or green lawn, s(he) was loyal and it's all that matters.
    JamesCaveon February 26, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the line "On that hill, forever still" is about idealizing aspects of a past relationship in one's mind. The hill represents the curve many relationships take. At first it's nothing, and then it builds and peaks before it starts to destruct.

    In our memories we can live at the top of that "hill" forever, whereas in the real world things continually change.
    GanjaMamaon August 10, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationSome great interpretations on here, particularly the one below mine. Here is my individual take on the song:

    I get the feeling that the "roses on the lawn" (which we later learn are on a hill) lyric refers to age and love. Firstly, the expression "over the hill" typically means old, and secondly, roses are a signifier for love and romance. This might mean that love, or the memory of it can come at any time, young or old.

    "In a daze, it will change" might refer to the expiration of youth - suddenly growing older, or being in a loving relationship one minute, then alone the next.

    "The voices in the hall
    Will carry on their talking
    Carry weight you can't take"
    - I took this to be a reference to the trials and tribulations of love and relationships and that sometimes a person can take on too much for themselves. Maybe the person themself is carrying too much weight (metaphorically speaking), or maybe the significant other is helping them carry that weight.

    "Is it even real?" - is this love real? Is this feeling real? One of the more obvious meanings.

    "The contact that you make
    The moment when a memory aches
    Who can tell?
    You do it well"
    - Perhaps after the relationship is over you think back to it with longing and sadness, but who can tell? You do it well (getting on with life, putting on a happy face, or something along those lines).

    "How's it supposed to feel?" - how is love supposed to feel? Or how is it supposed to feel when it's over and you've grown old? Is longing for that past love normal?

    "One in your life, it happens once and rarely twice" - you only have one true love in your lifetime, although sometimes you might get lucky and experience true love twice. It doesn't matter whether you're young or old - the roses on the lawn, won't know which side you're on, on that hill, forever still - love is infinite and isn't reserved for just the young, or just the old.

    The only lyric that really confuses me is "wishes on a wheel". I've had a few ideas, such as whether it refers to wishing on something that is constantly in motion - such as life, the world. We all have wishes. Maybe when you're finally over the hill you wish for the love you experienced in youth. Throughout your life you will make wishes that concern love, and those wishes will change (or move) as you do.
    LycoApolloon March 16, 2013   Link

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