I Wish You Would

1989 (2014)

“I Wish You Would” was released on Taylor’s fifth studio album, “1989” (2014). Although the relationship in “I Wish You Would” isover, she has no bitter feelings towards her former lover. A part of her wishes he would try to get back with her, as she would not decline.

A fan who attended the “1989 Secret Sessions,” held by Taylor herself, posted the following story on Tumblr:

“Taylor said that she wrote [‘I Wish You Would’] a couple of months after her and Harry [Styles] broke up, and they decided to become friends again and she said this was the first time she had become friends with an ex to the point where they were comfortable enough to talk about why the relationship didn’t work out. She said he told her about how, after they broke up, he bought a house literally one road adjacent to hers. Every day he would drive home, and accidentally turn into her street, and he told her how he just wanted to stop at her house and see her, but he never did. She said this song is about while he was in the car making the decision to get out the car and see her, she was sitting in her bedroom, wishing he would make the move and go back to her and just pitch up at her house. She compared it to a classic John Hughes movie where both parties want the same thing but neither has the guts to say anything. Honestly, she spoke so fondly of that relationship.”

Taylor wrote “I Wish You Would” with Jack Antonoff. The very beginnings of the song trace back to around 2012. Jack created the beat to it at his parent’s house in New Jersey. Once again, Taylor wrote to track, which she described on the voice memo included on the deluxe edition of the album.

“This is another way I’ve written songs recently. This is a song I did with Jack Antonoff, and Jack is one of my friends and so were hanging out and he pulled out his phone and goes ‘I made this amazing track the other day. It’s so cool, I love these guitar sounds.’ And he played it for me and immediately I could hear this finished song in my head, and I just said ‘Please, please let me have that. Let me play with is, send it to me.’ And so he sent it to me and I was on tour and this was me playing the track on my laptop recording me singing the vocal into my phone and it ended up being a song called ‘I Wish You Would’, because Jack wrote back and said ‘I love that’. So this is another way of writing, it’s writing to track.” — Taylor Swift

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
It’s 2 AM in your car
Windows down, you pass my street, the memories start
You say it’s in the past, you drive straight ahead
You’re thinking that I hate you now
‘Cause you still don’t know what I never said

[Chorus]
I wish you would come back,
Wish I never hung up the phone like I did.
And I wish you knew that I’ll never forget you as long as I live.
And I wish you were right here, right now, it’s all good.
I wish you would

[Verse 2]
It’s 2 AM 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

[Chorus]
I wish you would come back,
Wish I never hung up the phone like I did.
I wish you knew that I’ll never forget you as long as I 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.
And I 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

[Bridge]
I, I, I, I, I, I wish, I wish
I, I, I, I, I, I wish, I wish
I, I, I, I, I, I wish, I wish.

You always knew how to push my buttons
You give me everything and nothing
This mad mad love makes you come running
To stand back where you stood
I wish you would, I wish you would
I wish you would, I wish you would

I, I, I, I, I, I wish, I wish…

2 AM, here we are
See your face, hear my voice in the dark
We’re a crooked love in a straight line down
Makes you wanna run and hide
But it made us turn right back around

[Chorus]
I wish you would come back
Wish I never hung up the phone like I did
I wish you knew that I’ll never forget you as long as I 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 never hung up the phone like I did.
And I wish you knew that I’ll never forget you as long as I 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.
And I 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

[Repeat Bridge]
You always knew how to push my buttons
You give me everything and nothing
This mad mad love makes you come running
To stand back where you stood
I wish you would, I wish you would
I wish you would, I wish you would

[Outro]
I, I, I, I, I, I wish, I wish
I, I, I, I, I, I wish, I wish
I, I, I, I, I, I wish, I wish you would

General Information
Album1989
ReleasedOctober 27, 2014
Recorded2013
StudioLamby’s House Studios (NYC)
Conway Studios (Los Angeles)
GenreSynth Pop
Electro Pop
Length3:27
LabelBig Machine Records
SongwritersTaylor Swift
Jack Antonoff
ProducersJack Antonoff
Taylor Swift
Greg Kurstin
Max Martin
1989 CHRONOLOGY
Shake It OffI Wish You WouldBad Blood
Hidden Message
He drove past her street every night
Instagram Teaser
Official Audio
Official Voice Memo