Just don't tell I'll give you
Anything you want in this whole wide world
I Wish by Stevie Wonder

Stevie, fearful of another spanking from his mother perhaps, pleads and tries to convince his brother from telling on Stevie with promises of getting his brother whatever he desires.

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[Verse 2] I Wish by Stevie Wonder

The second verse leads us into Stevie’s adolescent and teenage years, a more turbulent and rambunctious time in life.

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Brother says he's telling
About you playing doctor with that girl
I Wish by Stevie Wonder

Brothers and sisters, though many people have them and you have to love them, sometimes seem to be put on this Earth just to be a thorn in your side.

Stevie’s brother is threatening to tell on Stevie for playing some possibly inappropriate games with a female friend of his.

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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
I Wish by Stevie Wonder

Though many times children and younger teens can only look forward to growing up, they eventually end up wishing that they could go back to the simpler times of being a child.

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Trying your best to bring the water to your eyes
Thinking it might stop her from wooping your behind
I Wish by Stevie Wonder

Stevie got caught sneaking out with his friends though he was forbidden to, he hopes that some impromptu tears will bring out the sympathy in his mother so she won’t be giving him some spankings.

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Sneaking out the back door
To hang out with those hoodlum friends of mine
I Wish by Stevie Wonder

Stevie has been forbidden to leave his house to go spend time with his friends for his mother fears they may get into trouble. Stevie doesn’t seem too keen on following this rule however.

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Greeted at the back door
With "Boy thought I told you not to go outside"
I Wish by Stevie Wonder

Though Stevie was forbidden to leave the house to go hang around his hoodlum friends, that did little to stop him from wanting to go have fun which in turn caused him to be caught by his mother.

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Looking back on when I
Was a little nappy headed boy
I Wish by Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder, though blind since birth, has been performing professionally since he was a boy.

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Even though we sometimes
Would not get a thing
We were happy with the
Joy the day would bring
I Wish by Stevie Wonder

Though this family may go through hard times and may not even receive presents during the holidays that can do little to cease the infectious joy that the Holiday season bring to children.

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Then my only worry
Was for Christmas what would be my toy
I Wish by Stevie Wonder

Life as a child is so carefree, each day for a child stress free and unhindered. Most children’s biggest concern is what they’ll play with for the day or what their Christmas present will be.

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