"I Wish I Was" as written by and Robert William Crawford Timothy Seth Avett....
I wish I was a flame dancing in a candle
Lighting up your living room high on the mantle
I could bring some romance without any scandal
And then when you were done you'd just put me out

I wish I was a tune you sang in your kitchen
Putting your groceries away and washing your dishes
I could float around your tongue and ease the tension
And then when you were done you'd just quiet down

But if I get too close
Will the magic fade?
Would I turn you off or away?
If I pull you in
Would I push you out
Of something here you care about?
I'm at a loss for what to do
I'm drawn to you

I wish I was a sweater wrapped around your hips
And when it got too cold into me you'd slip
And when the sun came back you would hang me up
And I would watch you while you undress

But if I get too close
Will the magic fade?
Would I turn you off or away?
If I pull you in
Now would I push you out
Of something here you care about?
Well I'm at a loss for what to do
But I'm drawn to you

I'm not a song
I am not a sweater
I'm not a fire
I am something better
I'm a man in love writing you a letter
Will you take it
Will you keep it
Will you read it
Believe it
I love you
I'm sorry


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"I Wish I Was" as written by Robert William Crawford Timothy Seth Avett

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    General CommentI think this song is about a man who is in love with a woman who is already in a relationship. When he says "I could bring some romance without any scandal", I feel like this means she is the girlfriend of someone close to him and that being with her and/or admitting his feelings could cause a lot of trouble for them. Despite this, he still loves her and watches her from afar, wishing he could be with her in even the most mundane moments of her life (moments we tend to take for granted once we're in a long-term relationship with someone, such as watching them do the dishes and undress for bed). I think that she has some feelings for him too and that he's worried if he actually gets to be with her that the magical feelings they have for each other will fade, as it sometimes does once we're in a relationship with someone. Even though he knows he shouldn't have these feelings towards her, he feels himself being drawn to her but he feels guilty knowing he could take her away from someone she actually does care about. Whether he should be honest with her about his feelings is a constant internal debate for him for this reason. In the end, he decides to write her a letter to let her know how he feels. He ends it with "I love you, I'm sorry", because he knows now that it's officially out in the open, she'll have to choose between him and the person she's with and he feels bad for putting her in that position.
    Billy Pilgrim, unstuck in timeon August 06, 2016   Link

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