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"I Wish You Would" is the seventh track from Taylor Swift's fifth studio album, 1989. It was written by Swift and Jack Antonoff. On the deluxe edition of the album, Swift also explained how she first wrote this song in a voice memo, followed by "I Know Places" and "Blank Space".

Voice memo

Taylor said in the voice memo that this song was written after Jack had recorded a cool guitar track, and had sent it to her so she could play around with it. This took place during the Red Tour. Taylor explained that the song was about a girl and a guy who wanted each other back but neither of them knew, before playing the song. She described it as, "very dramatic." In the demo, she only sang through the first verse and chorus, but the lyrics were the same as the recorded version she released on the album.

Hidden message

Hidden message: He drove past her street every night.

Following the hidden message storyline from the album, we find out that not only was the breakup hard for the girl, but it was also hard for the boy. They both were having a tough time forgetting each other and the relationship they both shared, but neither of them has told this to the other.

This message also ties into the song's lyrics due to the reference to how the boy is driving down the girl's street, and how in the song, there are lines about how cars would drive by the girl's street, and she would see the headlights through her window.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
It's 2 A.M. 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, I
Wish you knew that
I'd 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 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 want to run and hide
But 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'd 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

[Post-Chorus]
I, I, I, I, I, I wish I, wish I
I, I, I, I, I, I wish I, wish I
I, I, I, I, I, I wish I, wish I

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

[Verse 3]
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
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'd 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, I
Wish you knew that
I'd 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

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

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