I Wish

Album: Sorry I'm Late (2013)
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  • Cher Lloyd penned this song with Savan Kotecha, who has co-written many of One Direction's hit singles. It delivers an uplifting message about self-acceptance within a catchy tune. Cher explained to Artist Direct why she wanted to sing about that particular subject matter. "For me, being in this industry can be in tough as it is," she said. "Then, having that pressure to always look and feel your best is probably the hardest bit about it. I honestly feel like it would be crazy to meet someone who could say they're one-hundred percent happy with themselves. I just don't think that exists. I really think it's important for my young fans to understand it doesn't exist."

    "You could meet a six foot model who's the most beautiful girl you'll ever see in your life," Lloyd continued, " but I'm pretty sure she'll have some issues she's not quite happy about. This is what it's all about. It's only recently that I've come to terms with that myself. I just turned twenty, and it's time to be like, 'Okay, well I'm not happy about a few things, but I'm not let going to make me unhappy or make me lose sight of what I'm in this for!' If you get what I mean..."
  • The song features a verse by American rapper T.I. It was premièred on August 31, 2013, and released as a digital download three days later.
  • The song finds Cher asking a magic genie to grant her wishes to fix her flaws in order to get her crush to notice her. "The message behind the song is basically that I have many insecurities and I just honestly feel like I've never met anyone and will not meet anyone that is not 100 percent happy with themselves," she explained to MTV News. "It's never going to happen, but I think my main message is for you to be able to understand and embrace the fact that nobody's perfect, but to be happy at the same time and not let that overwrite the fact that you need happiness in life and you shouldn't be worrying about that your boobs aren't big enough or your butt is big enough, get on with it."

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