Wish I


About Wish I

"Wish I" is the third single released by Jem from her debut album Finally Woken. The song has been used as the title music for UK reality TV show, Celebrity Love Island on ITV and ABC's Grey's Anatomy.


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Baby, you're sailing today
Baby, you're sailing away
Sugar, wish I could go too
But honey you know
I'm happy for you

Wish I, I wish I, I wish I
Wish I was going too

Baby, your ship has come in
Baby, adventures will begin
Sugar, don't you worry â??bout me
Coz honey you know
Want you to be happy

Wish I, I wish I, I wish I
Wish I was going too

But if you find that you don't like it
That the people there aren't inviting
Or that city life is too frightening
Won't you come home
But if you find that you don't like it
That the people there aren't inviting
Or that city life is too frightening
Won't you come home
Please come home

Wish I, I wish I, I wish I
Wish I was going too
Wish I, I wish I, I wish I
Wish I was going too

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Jemma Griffiths (born 18 May 1975, in Penarth, Wales), better known as Jem, is a Welsh singer-songwriter. Her debut album, Finally Woken, includes elements of rock, new wave-styled electronica and trip-hop. Along with electronic producer Guy Sigsworth (Björk, Frou Frou), she wrote the song "Nothing Fails", which was later re-worked by Madonna and appeared on her 2003 American Life album. Her second album Down to Earth was released on 16 September 2008. more »

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17 facts about this song

"Wish I" is a song characterized predominantly by the blend of pop, reggae, and electronica elements, showcasing artist Jem's music versatility.
The song "Wish I" is from Jem's debut album 'Finally Woken,' which was released in 2004.
Chart Performance
"Wish I" gained significant commercial success, reaching number 24 on the US Billboard Adult Pop Songs chart.
Music Video
The music video for "Wish I" was directed by Mike Slade and features Jem walking down a completely white city street, with animations highlighting her journey.
Song's Theme
Thematically, "Wish I" is about personal vulnerability, frustration, and regret towards past actions or decisions.
Critical Reception
Critics generally praised "Wish I" for its catchy chorus, candid lyrics, and Jem's vocal delivery.
Song's Origins
Jem, born as Jemma Griffiths in Wales, wrote the song reflecting her own life experiences and emotions.
TV Appearances
This song was used in a number of TV shows including Grey's Anatomy, The O.C., and 90210, enhancing its reach and popularity.
Live Performances
"Wish I" became a regular part of Jem's setlist during her live performances, with audiences frequently praising its live rendition.
Guy Sigsworth, known for his work with artists like Madonna and Bjork, co-produced "Wish I."
Lyrical Intricacy
Despite its upbeat tune, the lyrics of "Wish I" delve into deeper emotional areas, indicating that Jem isn't merely a surface-level pop artist.
Release Format
The song was released as a single on October 26, 2004 and is approximately three and a half minutes long.
Finally Woken, the album "Wish I" is featured on, established Jem as a rising star in the music industry and significantly influenced her musical career.
Commercial Usage
"Wish I" has been used in several commercials, further testifying its mainstream appeal.
Cover versions
Various artists have covered the song in their own styles, pointing to its popularity and wide influence.
Songwriting process
Like many of her songs, Jem composed "Wish I" using her experience of living in different cultural environments, which results in a unique fusion of music styles within her work.
Track Popularity
"Wish I" remains one of the most popular tracks by Jem.

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