I Wish You Would

Billy Boy Arnold

About I Wish You Would

"I Wish You Would" is a song recorded by Chicago blues musician Billy Boy Arnold in 1955. It was developed while Arnold was performing with Bo Diddley and incorporates a Diddley-style rhythm. Called "a timeless Chicago blues classic", "I Wish You Would" is Arnold's best-known song and has been recorded by several artists, including the Yardbirds, who recorded it for their debut single in 1964.


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Early in the morning 'bout the break of day
That's when my baby went away
Crying and pleading won't do no good
Come back baby, I wish you would

I love you baby, I can't help myself
I wouldn't mistreat you for nobody else
Huggin and kissin late at night
Really make make me, baby, feel alright
Tell me now baby what you trying to do
Trying to love me and some other man too

Staying out drinking all night long
Cold now, baby, I want to come home
Please pretty baby give me one more chance
You know I love you, want to be your man

Crying and pleading won't do no good
Come back baby I wish you would
Huggin and kissin late at night
Really make me, baby, feel alright

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Billy Boy Arnold

Billy Boy Arnold (born William Arnold, September 16, 1935, Chicago, Illinois) is an American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter. more »

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Written by: WILLIAM ARNOLD

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10 facts about this song

I Wish You Would" Artist Origin
The song was originally recorded by Chicago blues musician Billy Boy Arnold in 1955.
Song Genre Classification
"I Wish You Work" is categorized within the genre of Chicago Blues.
Arnold's Influence
Billy Boy Arnold was primarily influenced by another iconic blues musician, John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson.
Yardbirds Connection
English rock band The Yardbirds covered "I Wish You Would" in 1964, and it was their debut single.
Variation in Versions
While both versions of the song share the same name and basic structure, The Yardbirds' version is substantially different from the original due to their distinctive rock styling.
Line-up Changes
The Yardbirds’ version of "I Wish You Would" was one of the earliest studio recordings featuring influential guitarist Eric Clapton.
Songwriter Attribution
"I Wish You Would" is often credited to Ellas McDaniel, better known as Bo Diddley, despite it being written and first recorded by Billy Boy Arnold.
Lyrics
The song holds a theme of longing, a return from a lover who left, which is a common narrative in many blues songs.
Cultural Significance
Both versions of "I Wish You Would" are considered important contributions to their respective genres, with Arnold's original being part of classic Chicago Blues and The Yardbirds' cover being part of the 1960s British blues boom.
Notable Performances
"I Wish You Would" continued to be part of The Yardbirds' live repertoire even after Clapton left the group and was replaced by Jeff Beck, and later, Jimmy Page.

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