I wish
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Author: Al Stravinsky
Verse 1
In the spring of '43
You sailed away to sweep the sea
For mines, a boy of just nineteen
Caught up in troubled times.
From Malta to Gibralter
And every distant shore,
You ate breakfast cooked on pavements of
A steamy Singapore.

Chorus
I wish I could have been there
And seen the things you'd seen there -
The wonders of the world
Burned in your memory.
I wish I could have been there
So I could know you better,
And understand the man you came to be,
Who meant so much to me.

Verse 2
A photograph is all that's left,
A bunch of laughing lads on deck:
'That's in the past, oh let's forget
About it', all that you would say.
No war for me, and not my fault,
No chance to prove I'm worth my salt;
Your history, belongs to me
And my kids too, we're part of you.

Chorus
I wish I could have been there
And seen the things you'd seen there -
The wonders of the world
Burned in your memory.
I wish I could have been there
So I could know you better,
And understand the man you came to be,
Who meant so much to me.

Middle 8
On the backstreets of Colombo sweet surprise,
Led through an open door by her eyes
And hair of night and lips of deepest red.

The Taj Mahal at sunset brings a smile,
While all around the wild sea mile on mile -
'Hey I'll remember this for all my life
Think what we'll do when we get home',
'If we get home...'

Verse 2
For one who'd seen so much so young
Oh what a cage it must have seemed,
To make a home in this small town
And drown thoughts of what might have been.
Yesterday you went away to search for dreams
To sweep the sky,
And I, a boy with shattered hopes,
Left all alone to wonder why -
Still I wish I could have been there, to say goodbye.

Chorus
I wish I could have been there
And seen the things you'd seen there -
The wonders of the world
Burned in your memory.
I wish I could have been there
So I could know you better,
And understand the man you came to be
Who meant so much,
Meant so much
Meant so much to me