"Wish Fulfillment" as written by Kim Gordon, Lee M. Ranaldo, Steven Jay Shelley and Thurston Joseph Moore....
I see your wishes on the wall and that's all right with me
I see you run to make a call, hoping that there's someone free
Your life and my life they don't touch at all and that's no way to be
We've never seemed so far

What's real? What is true?
I ain't turning my back on you
Where're you goin'? Where've you been?
Making wishes, watching dreams

It might be simple, it might be true, I might be overwhelmed by you
You might be empty, the way your eyes just look right through
It's such a mess now anyway, wish fulfillment every day
I don't believe you, now I can't hear a word you say

I see you shaking in the light, reading the headline news
The others they're not quite so bright, we want them to choose you
I could almost see your face tonight, singing simple rhythm'n'blues
You'll always be a star

Shake it baby! Come on scream!
Just see your face in a magazine
Don't doubt it! Leaves Chris sore!
I can't stand it anymore

It's my favorite shot of you, you look so pretty your eyes were true
I'm still on your side, in spite of everything you do
We're only blood on blood on life, you paint me pictures every night
Come wish beside me, don't you know you know what's right


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"Wish Fulfillment" as written by Lee M. Ranaldo Kim Gordon

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    General Commentto me personally, this song is about someone who is infatuated with another person, and the other person is just too "big" to settle down with anyone. They have to be on the go, hence the third and fourth lines where they are running to make a call to be with someone new.
    Their vibrance makes them infinitely attractive, but after a while they start to lose their appeal when you see their might not be something past the glitz and beauty, as evident in the fourth stanza.
    But, regardless, there is something special about this person, and it leaves you broken, frustrated and confused, wishing you could be a part of their life.
    IHaveAnOpinionon June 13, 2004   Link
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    General Commentwish fulfillment is a term that sigmund freud used to describe the unconscious desires during the dreamstate, meaning that dreams were basically wishes. i've loved this song for half of my life. i was always left the impression that the song is about the trappings of fame, and the desire to be close to someone yet they're self-involved and wrapped up in their own world, which leaves the protagonist unimpressed; i.e. "leaves me sore, i can't stand it anymore." however, it seems as though he still loves her despite her ego-centric ways.

    it's really a beautiful song. definitely my favorite sonic youth song.
    voxetoileon August 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think it is a new version of Pictures of Lily by The Who. Pictures of Lily is about a guy who falls in love with some pictures of a girl that he does not know. I think this can be the same here.
    Temujinon April 19, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI agree that it is about being in love wth someone that you don't know, maybe a famous musician?
    Songmeaningsuseron September 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with most said. I can relate to it at the mo, it such a great riff too.
    Nightfreakon November 27, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. It sounds so hearfelt to me..probably my favourite Sonic Youth song. I like "IHaveAnOpinion"'s interpretation of the lyrics.
    BigNToastyon December 27, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI agree that it's about being in love/infatuated with someone you do not know. It's a theme most of us can relate to and it's also an awesome Sonic Youth song. The best SY song with a Lee Ranaldo vocal in my humble opinion.
    jezzyboyon January 31, 2005   Link
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    General CommentFirst post ever! I actually have always thought this song was about a prostitute...the "shaking in the light, want them to choose you" section sold me on that. These other comments are probably right on but I'll always think of it as a man observing a prostitute...
    stanley888on April 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIts leave me sore btw.
    ZEROpumpkinson May 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about someone who doesn't want to be famous.
    MoreViolenceon May 27, 2005   Link

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