"What You Wish For" as written by Ryan Miller, Adam S. Gardner and Brian A. Rosenworcel....
Woke up today
To everything gray
And all that I saw
Just kept going on and on
Sweep all the pieces under the bed
Close all the curtains and cover my head
And what you wish for
Won't come true
You aren't surprised love
Are you?

If this serenade
(Repeat after me just a little bit closer)
Is not what you want
(And do what I say caught up in a lie)
It just how it is
(It won't change a thing got a little bit colder)
It keeps going on and on

Come out come out wherever you are
Would you do it all over
Right from the start?
And what you wish for
Won't come true
You aren't surprised love
Are you?

And what you wish for
Won't come true
You aren't surprised love
Are you?
Once had this dream
Crashed down in Oz
Not black and white
But where the colors are

I never dreamed that
I could let it go
And I will get
What I deserve
Sweep all the secrets
under the bed
Open the curtains
forget what I said

And what you wish for
Could come true
You act surprised, love
Are you?

Lyrics submitted by wherewulf

"What You Wish For" as written by Brian A. Rosenworcel Adam S. Gardner

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General CommentI've always imagined this song being about almost killing yourself. There's always a point (if you've ever gone through it like i have) where you want to killl yourself so bad, but you wake up one day and things start to go right and you realize that maybe you do have something to live for, maybe you WILL get what you deserve. So keep all the secrets under the bed (the fact that you were going to end it all) and start being a little optomistic. :D BEAUTIFULNESS!!
    botldfizzywateron August 13, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIt's a relationship you really loved that has gone sour, and it's grey. Then you let her go, and you thought you never would. Then start over, hence the references to opening curtains and a new colorful day. And you finally let that person go, and you'll get something better, what you deserve, and what you've wished for.

    Just my opinion. I think any songs meanings can be twisted so many ways, and it might be just how I see the song relating to me. I don't know, I'm silly.
    wilsmithon October 14, 2002   Link
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    General CommentInteresting...I don't see the relationship aspect at all in this song. Like botldfizzywater said, I think it's about coming out of a deep depression. At first the person isn't dealing with anything ("close all the curtains and cover my head") and has given up any hope of life getting better ("what you wish for won't come true..."). Then he remembers the dream of waking up in a world that's in color (as opposed to the "everything gray" of depression), wonders how he ever let that world go, and thus is able to see it again.

    Just 2 more thoughts: 1) I'm a bit suspicious about what a depressed person might mean by, "And I will get what I deserve." Hmmmm.
    2) Why the hell isn't it that easy in real life?
    gravity_defianton June 08, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentone of my favorite guster songs of Lost and Gone Forever. i think this guy doesnt think that his dreams will come true, but later he has a great dream and it feels so real that he knows dreams do come true. he now has confidence and wants everyone to work for what they wish for to make it work.
    abchak1on June 20, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is a great Guster song, and sinc ei am feelin kinda tired and lazy i dont feel like analizing this song.. but this song is on the soundtrack to "Life as a House" i highly suggest all Guster fans to rent that movie... most Guster Fans Love it
    Gusteron June 30, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI love Life as a house the movie... mainly because of Hayden Christensen but I think all the guster songs they chose to be in it our great.. Rainy day and What you wish for... It was an awesome movie an I agree with Guster (the member) that everyone should rent this
    Lizzyloveron July 04, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's "once had this dream, crashed down in OZ...............i never dreamed that i would let IT go".....but good try...
    pennylaneon July 12, 2002   Link
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    General CommentLife as a house is my favorite movie plus this guster song is in it. I cant wait to see them play w/ john mayer in only 3 weeks
    Staywhatyouareon July 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is either 1. directly about the movie"wizard of oz" or 2. comparing something to the movie just listen to the song and think of the wizard of oz.
    strat7785on April 06, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti definietly see what botldfizzywater says, totally. it says you can always start over and your past doesnt have to hold you back. I think the relation to the Wizard of oz works because in the wizard of oz dorothy was running away from home right before she went to Oz, and realized how much she loved where she was before. not suicide, but it shows that the song is about being at an emotional bottom and then realizing youre okay.
    musicianwannabeon April 21, 2003   Link

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