I dig my toes into the sand
The ocean looks like a thousand diamonds
Strewn across a blue blanket
I lean against the wind
Pretend that I am weightless
And in this moment I am happy, happy

I wish you were here
I wish you were here
I wish you were here
I wish you were here

I lay my head onto the sand
The sky resembles a backlit canopy
With holes punched in it
I'm counting UFOs
I'll signal them with my lighter
And in this moment I am happy, happy

I wish you were here
I wish you were here
I wish you were here
Wish you were here

Oh yeah, oh

The world's a roller coaster
And I am not strapped in
Maybe I should hold with care
But my hands are busy in the air saying

I wish you were here
I wish you were

I wish you were here
I wish you were here
I wish you were here
Wish you were here

Lyrics submitted by zara013, edited by letmecheck

Wish You Were Here Lyrics as written by Alex Katunich Jose Pasillas Ii

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  • +5
    General CommentI think the underlying meaning is being completely happy and content and wishing others could share in that happiness.
    Onimaruon January 07, 2012   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI didn't think of this as a love song really. Not a typical one anyway... When you're "in love" you're supposed to be miserable without that person, at least that's the way most love songs go.

    This song brings back memories of times when I've been somewhere doing something (real descriptive, I know :) ) ... I'm having the time of my life, and I think, "Man, wouldn't it be awesome if [someone] was here?" [Someone] being a close friend who would understand the moment. That close friend could be a significant other but doesn't have to be.
    fireanton December 02, 2001   Link
  • +3
    General Comment"The song wasn't specifically about a person. It was about me acknowledging a very brief moment in my life and in my experience with all of these guys in making this record. In that moment, I wish that I had somebody to go, 'I love you, man.' I was wishing that there was someone there to share that moment with." - Bradon
    3sand7son March 16, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI absolutely love this song. I know it is rather popular but it is still wonderfully written and I find that I can really relate to this song. Everytime I hear it I feel that I am standing on the beach with with someone I really love... I think that is a pretty good reason to like the song :)
    antifox64on November 22, 2001   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song brings me back to happier times living in Hawaii. I loved to go to the beach all the time and sit in the sand losing myself to the beauty of life. So many times I had wished I could share how I felt in those moments with everyone that I care about.
    snarf_skateron January 19, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's about one breathtaking moment where the world seems beautiful and evokes so much emotion that Brandon wants to share this with his soul mate, because they are part of him he feels they should be sharing this experience which would make it even more amazing. Also I think it's about forgetting about everything else in that one moment, just being absorbed by the beauty "and in this moment I am happy". I think we've all felt this way at some point haven't we? I get that when I'm out walking at night and catch a glimpse of the moon.
    sickxsadxworldon November 01, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcouldn't agree more...go brandon, keep writtin' stuff like this
    fyldotcomon November 26, 2001   Link
  • 0
    General Commenta great love song! But isn't it Blanket, not Plain in the first verse??? I may just be crazy but...
    lorienmareneon November 26, 2001   Link
  • 0
    General Comment...Yup, Itz BLANKET not PLAIN. But meh.
    pUnK-jUnKiEon November 27, 2001   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'ts a great song (like most incubus songs) but it's far from being best incubus song (especially when it comes to lyrics) or even the best lovew song, i recoemnd you read any lyric from the maje yourself album and you'll see wat i mean.
    krusty_aron December 04, 2001   Link

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