Wishing Well
by Free

Album: Heartbreaker (1973)
Charted: 7
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  • Take off your hat, kick off your shoes
    I know you ain't goin' anywhere
    Run 'round the town singin' your blues
    I know you ain't goin' anywhere

    You've always been a good friend of mine
    But you're always sayin' "Farewell"
    And the only time that you're satisfied
    Is with your feet in the wishing well

    Throw down your gun, you might shoot yourself
    Or is that what you're tryin' to do?
    Put up a fight you believe to be right
    And someday the sun will shine through

    You've always got something to hide
    Something you just can't tell
    And the only time that you're satisfied
    Is with your feet in the wishing well

    But I know what you're wishing for
    Love in a peaceful world (yeah)
    Love in a peaceful world (oh yeah)
    Love in a peaceful world

    You have always been a good friend of mine
    But you're always sayin' "farewell"
    And the only time that you're satisfied
    Is with your feet in the wishing well

    Yes
    I wish you well
    I wish you well
    Everybody has a wish
    Everybody has a dream yeah, yeah
    I wish you well
    Well, you dream
    Your own dream Writer/s: Gerald Beckley
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Comments: 13

  • Brian WSavatage and Gary Moore also recorded this song Wishing Well
  • Lb101st from Yakima, Wa.Great song...
  • John from London, United KingdomFree was the archetypal seventies rock band and Paul Rogers remains the ultimate blues/rock singer. I think most Free fans would regard Wishing Well as the band's best song, and deserving of a place at the high table of rock classics along with the likes of Layla and the other classic, though chanty, Free song, All Right Now, which isn't nearly as good as this.
  • Roland from Phoenix, AzThis song really rocks. Paul Rodgers is an excellent vocalist, just like Jim Morrison of The Doors and Jackson Browne. I believe that if "Wishing Well" was played more on the classic rock stations, it might become a staple song. I don't think that too many classic rockers have ever heard this song. The southern rock band Blackfoot also covered this song in the late 70s.
  • Andy from Halesowen, West Midlands, United KingdomMy favourite Free song. I would say there is a plea to go easy on the drugs (having your feet in the wishing well is OK, but one slip and you will be in over your head?). But the sympathy is evident in the "I know what your're wishing for - Love and a peaceful world". Must be dreadful to watch a friend destroying themselves, and feeling unable to do much to help.
    The song remains as a tribute to a great rocker and his tragic end.
  • Matthew from Milford, Ma"Ane the only time that you're satisfied is with your feet... in the wishing... WEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!"
    Yeah, this song rocks!!!
  • Matthew from Milford, MaYeah, this is one of my all-time faves...
  • Joshua from La Crosse, WiQueen + Paul Rodgers covered this during their 2006 tour; it appears on the Return of the Champions CD set and DVD.
  • Phil from Southampton, EnglandI think the song is more about letting someone know that its not fair to keep saying goodbye and upsetting people and then not chasing your dream. Its a case of either go for it or dont, dont just talk.
  • Sam from Shanghai, ChinaThe credits on the album Heartbreaker (of which this is the opener) don't credit Paul Kossoff as playing on this track, even though the liner notes and drummer Simon Kirke swear blindly that he did. If you ask me, the solo is all Koss!
  • Shaun from LondonAwesome, spine-tingling track. I've always believed it to mean the only time the subject of the song (Paul Kossoff ???) is happy/content is when they are dreaming or thinking about it. Shaun, London.
  • Keewa from Fairbanks, Althe only time he was happy was when he was doped, or with one foot in the wishing well.
  • Kenny from Bournemouth, EnglandAbsolutely awesome song. I'd love to know what the repeated lines "The only time that you're satisfied is with your feet in the wishing well" Doesn't really seem that the drug thing makes that much sense...
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