I Wish

Album: Songs In The Key Of Life (1976)
Charted: 5 1
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  • Looking back on when I
    Was a little nappy headed boy
    Then my only worry
    Was for Christmas what would be my toy
    Even though we sometimes
    Would not get a thing
    We were happy with the
    Joy the day would bring
    Sneaking out the back door
    To hang out with those hoodlum friends of mine
    Greeted at the back door
    With, "Boy thought I told you not to go outside"
    Trying your best to bring the water to your eyes
    Thinking it might stop her from whooping your behind

    I wish those days could come back once more
    Why did those days ever have to go?
    I wish those days could come back once more
    Why did those days ever have to go?
    'Cause I love them so

    Brother says he's telling
    About you playing doctor with that girl
    Just don't tell I'll give you
    Anything you want in this whole wide world
    Mama gives you money for Sunday school
    You trade yours for candy after church is through
    Smoking cigarettes and writing something nasty on the wall (you nasty boy)
    Teacher sends you to the principal's office down the hall
    You grow up and learn that kind of thing isn't right
    But while you were doing it-it sure felt out to sight

    I wish those days could come back once more
    Why did those days ever have to go?
    I wish those days could come back once more
    Why did those days ever have to go? Writer/s: Stevie Wonder
    Publisher: BMG Rights Management, Exploration Group LLC, Peermusic Publishing, Royalty Network, Songtrust Ave, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
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Comments: 1

  • Al from HoustonI LOVED this song when I was growing up in Beaumont, TX in the 70s. I remember singing with my brothers and friends some of those lines - 'you nasty boy' and 'whipping your behind'..we were in a neighborhood with other kids our ages and went out to play every day and got into some trouble..Stevie nailed it describing a lot in our lives growing up. Those were the days..and still love this song.
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