"Wishing" as written by and John Kenneth/downes Wetton....
Do you throw it in the well
Wishing you had someone to tell
What it was that you wished for
So it couldn't come true anymore
I've thrown so much away
These times die and stay alive
I've gone and I've stayed
And though both happened
At the same time
I know which one I like
And which one I hate
You never change to fire if you're ice
Even if you melt on a table and dry
And that table is burned
I'll tell you why
'Cause you stayed by going away
And life changes not you
Life changes not you
Every time is contained in now
Now is only time anything happens
Though one moments shot
In infinity's rounds
Now is the one time
Anything happens here
Here, here, here
Here, here, here


Lyrics submitted by Deckers, edited by craft37

"Wishing" as written by John Kenneth Wetton Geoff Downes

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    General CommentI don't understand why there is just one comment for this song! lol
    I love it like many songs of J.F.!
    I don't know what this song means, everything I know is that maybe John is only to know what mean his songs because it's very hard to find it!
    leathefrenchyon January 03, 2009   Link
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    General Commentimo this song is about wishing and wanting to have a soul mate.

    "Do you throw it in the well
    Wishing you had someone to tell" --- 'throw it in the well' is him tossing coins in a well which is the act of wishing, so hes wishing he had someone to tell his feelings to.

    "I’ve thrown so much away
    These times die and stay alive"---- hes constantly wishing he had something more, and these feelings come and go

    "You never change to fire if you’re ice
    Even if you melt on a table and dry" ----your true self always remains the same even if something tragic or emotionally scarring happens to you

    "And that table is burned
    I’ll tell you why
    ‘Cuz you stayed by going away
    and life changes not you" ------ the table burned is representing the change that has occured in you. 'youve stayed by going away' means that every person is afffected differently by things and the way youre affected is determined by the type of person you are. so basically, even if something happens to you causing you to act differently than you normally do, your still 'you' (staying), because you repsonded to it in your own way. thats why 'life changes not you'



    dcison May 24, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of my most favorite JF songs (and I love them all!), not only because it is so beautiful musically but the thoughts and emotions conveyed are also so beautiful. I think it is about being true to one's self, through times high and low ('life changes not you') and that through these hardships, he found his true self.

    I've gone and I've stayed
    And though both happened
    At the same time
    I know which one I like
    And which one I hate

    And as usual, he talks about the insignificance of time, that you can make mistakes but you can always make it up.

    The first paragraph alludes to wishing for someone who can understand him, but I don't think it is in the literal sense. I think the song is about understanding one's self and being content with who you are.
    paralleluniverseon January 02, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationIts about stop whishing for things that cant be done , leave the past behind and realise that you should live in the now , live the moment , thats where life is.
    sigma10269on April 10, 2017   Link
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    My InterpretationThis is basically song about love. Unhappened.
    Love, which also close to hate feeling.
    Which have stayed in a heart, even after process of leaving.
    In a life reminding about itself by continues happening.
    craft37on February 21, 2018   Link
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    General Comment"Do you throw it in the well
    Wishing you had someone to tell
    What it wad that yiu wished for
    So it couldn't come true anymore"

    Throw it in the well obviously means throwing a coin on a wishing well, but there's something about these wells: you must not tell anybody what you wished for, or it will never come true.

    So, I've seen many people getting this part wrong, but here the contradictions already begin, as he is asking if you do wish for somethink that, if came true, would make the wish never come true... He's wishing for someone to tell what he wished for, so that it wouldn't come true anymore...

    "I have thrown so much away
    These times died and stayed alive
    I have gone and I've stayed
    And though both happened at the same time
    I know which one I liked
    And which one I hate"

    I think this part talks about life's choices: If you have to choose from 2 things, the one you choose you will know if you liked or not, and the other one you suppose would be better or worse choice, by exclusion principle, and the options we opt out still manages to change our lifes, even if just for the thought of having had that option...

    So, by throwing so much away, he means that he has chosen a lot and thus haven't done the options he chose not, and thus the options he chose not died and the ones he chose stayed alive, as they happened.

    "You never change to fire if you're ice
    Even if you melt on a table and dry
    And that table is burning and I tell you why
    Cause you stayed by going away
    And life changes not you
    Life changes not you"

    This one refers to a common contradiction that many people do in their life, which is saying you'd never do something, and then you do it... You say you'll never change from ice to fire, no matter what (melting and drying), but then, there you are changing your mind and burning the table by changing to fire. And that is because life itself is in constant change, and not you giving up on your essence and changing yourself... So life changes, not you.

    "Every time is contained in now
    Now is the one time anything happens
    Though one moment shots in infitinity's round
    Now is the one time anything happens here"

    I think this kinda falls back to chaos theory, where major future events could be determined by apparent small life choices in the present...


    So, TL:DR, I think this song talks about life's choices and contradictions... how something in your essence that you think is immutable can seemingly change and how every life choice we make impacts our future.
    FrangoSTon June 11, 2018   Link
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    My Interpretation"Do you throw it in the well
    Wishing you had someone to tell
    What it wad that yiu wished for
    So it couldn't come true anymore"

    Throw it in the well obviously means throwing a coin on a wishing well, but there's something about these wells: you must not tell anybody what you wished for, or it will never come true.

    So, I've seen many people getting this part wrong, but here the contradictions already begin, as he is asking if you do wish for somethink that, if came true, would make the wish never come true... He's wishing for someone to tell what he wished for, so that it wouldn't come true anymore...

    "I have thrown so much away
    These times died and stayed alive
    I have gone and I've stayed
    And though both happened at the same time
    I know which one I liked
    And which one I hate"

    I think this part talks about life's choices: If you have to choose from 2 things, the one you choose you will know if you liked or not, and the other one you suppose would be better or worse choice, by exclusion principle, and the options we opt out still manages to change our lifes, even if just for the thought of having had that option...

    So, by throwing so much away, he means that he has chosen a lot and thus haven't done the options he chose not, and thus the options he chose not died and the ones he chose stayed alive, as they happened.

    "You never change to fire if you're ice
    Even if you melt on a table and dry
    And that table is burning and I tell you why
    Cause you stayed by going away
    And life changes not you
    Life changes not you"

    This one refers to a common contradiction that many people do in their life, which is saying you'd never do something, and then you do it... You say you'll never change from ice to fire, no matter what (melting and drying), but then, there you are changing your mind and burning the table by changing to fire. And that is because life itself is in constant change, and not you giving up on your essence and changing yourself... So life changes, not you.

    "Every time is contained in now
    Now is the one time anything happens
    Though one moment shots in infitinity's round
    Now is the one time anything happens here"

    I think this kinda falls back to chaos theory, where major future events could be determined by apparent small life choices in the present...


    So, TL:DR, I think this song talks about life's choices and contradictions... how something in your essence that you think is immutable can seemingly change and how every life choice we make impacts our future.
    FrangoSTon June 11, 2018   Link
  • -1
    General Commenti think this is a very meaningful song for john. i think it is about, having two lives, one of which is good and normal, the other one is very bad and he wishes he could get rid of it or just tell someone about it. He knows that running away from the problem will not do anything as it will stay with him. And he's come to a point where he has to chose which life he wants to lead... i think it is most likely to be about his drug problems.
    iluvpunkrockon October 26, 2006   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThis is one of my JF favorites. In general all these songs will remember me of long walks through town, to the park and through the trees and streets, nice warm days and most beautiful sounds in the universe. life's great, too bad I can't see it nowadays. But I'll be back someday, again with the same songs. cheers
    lukat93on May 09, 2013   Link

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