"I Wish I Was A Girl" as written by Daniel John Vickrey, Ben Mize, Adam Duritz, Charles Gillingham, David Bryson and Matthew Malley....
The devil's in the dreaming
He tells you I'm not sleeping in my hotel room alone
With nothing to believe in
You dive into the traffic rising up
And it's so quiet
You're surprised
And then you wake

For all the things you're losing
You might as well resign yourself to try and make a change
I'm going down to Hollywood
They're gonna make a movie from the things that they find
crawling round my brain

I wish I was a girl so that you could believe me
And I could shake this static everytime I try to sleep
I wish for all the world that I could say,
"Hey Elizabeth, you know, I'm doing alright these days."

The devil's in the dreaming
You see yourself descending from a building to the ground
You watch the sky receding
You spin to see the traffic rising up
And it's so quiet
You're surprised
And then you wake

For all the things I'm losing
I might as well resign myself to try and make a change
But I'm going down to Hollywood
They're gonna make a movie from the things that they find
crawling round my brain

I wish I was a girl so that you could believe me
And I could shake this static every time I try to sleep
I wish for all the world that I could say,
"Hey Elizabeth, you know, I'm doing alright these days."

In one of these dreams, you forgive me
It makes me think of the bad decisions that keep you at home
How could anyone else have changed?
All these wrong conclusions that leave you alone
How could everyone rearrange?
How could everyone else have changed?
What I see I believe

For all the things I'm losing
I might as well resign myself to try and make a change
Well, I'm going down to Hollywood
They're gonna make a movie from the things that they find
crawling around my brain

I wish I was a girl so that you could believe me
And I could shake this static everytime I try to sleep
I wish for all the world that I could say,
"Hey Elizabeth, you know, I'm doing alright these days."

But I can't sleep at night



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"I Wish I Was a Girl" as written by Adam Fredric Duritz David Lynn Bryson

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    General Commentstory time!! ok, so you know goodnight elisabeth? well, this song is about how elisabeth broke up with adam because she thought he was cheating on her when he was on the road...so he's saying he wishes he was a girl so that she'd believe him that he wasn't being unfaithful..that's it i think!! :) -sara
    CountMyCrowson May 14, 2002   Link
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    General CommentUm, Idk.
    From what I read earlier today, I've got a different meaning from it.
    Apparently Adam copped a lot about being 'whiny' and stuff in his songs, when he was really depressed and suffering from something medical.

    For me, this is about how he wishes he was girl so people would believe him when he says he's miserable - people don't really associate guys with being sad all the time (hey, not my view).

    People kept telling him nothing was wrong and to cheer up, life isn't that bad, etc. and he wished there wasn't anything wrong, but there was.

    It hits me most in the opening lines and the chorus. I may be wrong (most likely am), but that's just what hits me personally.
    heartshotsupernovaon October 20, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti think its kinda like that way... only its more like all her girl friends are telling her that hes cheating ya know.. and she believes them over him.. and hes saying 'i wish i was girl, so that you could believe me'. like saying 'i wish i was a girl, because thaats who you seem to believe more than me.' eh.. maybe... my brother once explained this to me.. goodnight elisabeth is one of my favorite counting crows songs also.
    catch_meon July 09, 2002   Link
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    General Commentmy fave part in this song is "for all the things your loosing you might as well resign yourself to try and make a change"- its so deep and sincere, i love it. this song is one of my fave cc, it is so honest and you can feel adams pain because you can tell how deeply he loves elizabeth... he cant sleep :( aww!
    ktshow04on June 21, 2003   Link
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    General CommentOk, I am such a huuuuuge counting crows fan and all these song explanations seem pretty accurate for a song I didn't quite understand. One question, Adam uses two women in all his songs, Elizabeth and Maria. Does anyone know why?
    folk_foolon June 04, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI always assumed this song was about the same Elisabeth mentioned in "Goodnight Elisabeth" but has anyone noticed that in this song, Adam spells her name Elizabeth and in "Goodnight" he spells it "Elisabeth." Why is that?
    daria7483on June 06, 2004   Link
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    General CommentSome women think all men are full of crap, which is nonesense. BUT Adam is saying, I wish I was a girl so you'd listen to what I was saying and not blow me off.

    I feel him.
    ckad79on January 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think peoples explanations are spot on, but i also see with adams lyrics, how certain songs fall into others, like, The devil's in the dreaming
    You see yourself descending from a building to the ground
    You watch the sky receding
    You spin to see the traffic rising up
    And it's so quiet
    You're surprised
    And then you wake
    that is a perfect explanation of what you'd see and feel if you you were to jump off a building which was mentioned in round here, but also, like the song black and blue it's about the feeling of dreaming about committing suicide but not actually going ahead with it. with this song , i agree with countmycrows and catchme about elizabeth believing her friends over him that he's been cheating while on tour, but it's also about the negative effect that it's having on him cos he loves her soo much, and nothing he can do or say will change her beliefs, that he's having severe nightmares that frankly would scare the hell out of me. It's a shame it takes so much pain and torment to produce the worlds greatest lyricist, but you can't help but feel for him
    mattstfcon August 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, i agree with the previous meaning ... just one question why does he sing "Hey Elizabeth, you know, I'm doing alright these days."
    Adele88on December 13, 2005   Link
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    General Commentadele88...he says that after saying "I wish for all the world that I could say" so he wishes he could say that to her implying that he wishes he still had a good relationship with her
    Method Actingon December 14, 2005   Link

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