"I Wish You Would" as written by Taylor Swift and Jack Antonoff....
It's 2 A.M. in your car
Windows down, I pass my street
The memories start

You say it's in the past
And drive straight ahead
You think I'm gonna hate you now
'Cause you still don't know what I never said

I wish you would come back
Wish I'd never hung up the phone like I did
I wish you knew that
I'd never forget you as long as I'd live

And I wish you were right here, right now
It's all good
I wish you would

It's 2 A.M. in my room
Headlights pass the window pane
I think of you

We're a crooked love
In a straight line down
Makes you wanna run and hide
Then it makes you turn right back around

I wish you would come back
Wish I'd never hung up the phone like I did
I wish you knew that
I'd never forget you as long as I'd live

And I wish you were right here, right now
It's all good
I wish you would

I wish we could go back
And remember what we were fighting for
Wish you knew that
I miss you too much to be mad anymore

And I wish you were right here, right now
It's all good
I wish you would

I I I I, I I I wish, I wish, I
I I I I, I I I wish, I wish, I
I I I I, I I I wish, I wish, I

You always knew how to push my buttons (I I I I, I I I wish, I wish, I)
You gave me everything and nothing (I I I I, I I I wish, I wish, I)
This mad, mad love makes you come rushing (I I I I, I I I wish, I wish, I)
Stand back where you stood (I I I I, I I I wish, I wish, I)
I wish you would, I wish you would (I I I I, I I I wish, I wish, I)

I wish you would, I wish you would (I I I I, I I I wish, I wish, I)
(I wish you would, I wish you would) (I wish, I wish, I)

2 A.M., here we are
See your face
Hear my voice in the dark

We're a crooked love
In a straight line down
Guess you wanna run and hide
But it made us turn right back around

I wish you would come back
Wish I'd never hung up the phone like I did
I wish you knew that
I'd never forget you as long as I'd live

And I wish you were right here, right now
It's all good
I wish you would

I wish you would come back
Wish I'd never hung up the phone like I did
I wish you knew that
I'd never forget you as long as I'd live

And I wish you were right here, right now
It's all good
I wish you would

I wish we could go back
And remember what we were fighting for
Wish you knew that
I miss you too much to be mad anymore

And I wish you were right here, right now
It's all good
I wish you would

You always knew how to push my buttons (I I I I, I I I wish, I wish, I)
You gave me everything and nothing (I I I I, I I I wish, I wish, I)
This mad, mad love makes you come rushing (I I I I, I I I wish, I wish, I)
Stand back where you stood (I I I I, I I I wish, I wish, I)
I wish you would, I wish you would (I I I I, I I I wish, I wish, I)

I wish you would, I wish you would (I I I I, I I I wish, I wish, I)
(I wish you would, I wish you would)
I wish you would, I wish you would (I I I I, I I I wish, I wish, I)
(I wish you would, I wish you would) (I wish I, I wish I)

I I I I, I I I wish, I wish, I
I I I I, I I I wish, I wish, I (I wish you would)


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"I Wish You Would" as written by Taylor Swift Jack Antonoff

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    General CommentThe most striking thing about this song initially is that it’s the first to actually place the emphasis on guitars. Written to go over a Fine Young Cannibals-sampling track assembled by Jack Antonoff (the original version, at least, borrowed a snare from “She Drives Me Crazy”), the song builds and builds—sliding into half time on the chorus—as it finds the singer wishing a lover would run back.
    amirbeon October 26, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTaylor talks about the meaning of the voice memo/demo of this song. She says it's basically about a guy driving home at night passing his ex's house thinking she still hates him whereas from the girl's point of view she just wants him back. Dramatic irony at its best.
    lbguitariston May 27, 2015   Link
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    General CommentI've never understood why this song seemed to be so looked-over. It was immediately one of my favorites as soon as it started. 1989 is composed of songs that become chaotic by the end of each,but it's an exciting chaotic - this song is no different. The bridge just stops everything for her to speak,and it's so emotional. The way she rhymes words and spaces syllables is really unique too. The imagery is also really unexpected. Love it.
    Toonlink13on July 03, 2015   Link
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    General CommentHated this song from the first few stanzas. Came here to read the rest: It doesn't redeem the song much.

    First, musically, it falls into the category of sounding like it's written to meet contractual obligations to her producers. It's a piece of drek from the standpoint of "composition".

    Next, the message is rotten to the core: There's basically nothing to redeem the woman character, longing to see her old boyfriend (I won't dignify this song by calling him her "lover") again. How do we know she's not merely being nostalgic, or resorting to a kind of emotional shorthand that gives her pangs of want, BUT NO USABLE INSIGHT?

    I've seen scads of these kinds of relationships, and they suck; no wonder the divorce rate is so high in the U.S.: If the people listening to songs like this think they redeem the woman--and, via emotional identification, themselves--that's a red flag, for sure. Get help, pronto.

    I'm reminded of the image of Diane Dane in Tom Hanks's "That Thing You Do!" It stylistically showcased a popular (at the time), sleazy, underhanded interpersonally damaging form of commerce then, and it apparently hasn't changed a whit.
    razajacon November 09, 2017   Link

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