In a Songfacts interview with A Flock Of Seagulls frontman Mike Score
, he explained the meaning behind this song. "'Wishing' is about a real person," he said. "It was the eve of the first trip we ever took to America, and I had met a girl. We went out for the night, and I didn't want to forget her, so I said, 'We're going on tour and I'll be back. I'd like to get a photograph of you, if I could get one.' And she said, 'No, because you're going to go on to be famous and you'll forget me.'
I had this little riff, so when I had some time and I was thinking about that, I just started singing the words I was thinking to that riff, and 'Wishing' was born. And then, as soon as I had the chance, I went and demoed it in the studio. I think it was about two years later that we actually recorded it."
This all sounds like the first half of a romantic comedy, but it didn't have a movie ending: Score never saw her again.