Wish I Could Fly

Notes

Per: A lot of Roxette’s trademark is our voices and the way we produce our songs, so if you’ve followed us you’ll feel at home with a lot of the new stuff. But it should never sound like a copy of something you’ve already done. It has to be fresh. That’s why we chose “Wish I Could Fly” as the first single. Marie: It’s very Roxette-ish, but also very much now. Per: Well, it’s not exactly the production of “Listen to You Heart”. As I said, we’ve tried to do something that’s 1999, without missing what’s our fundamental strength: Marie’s great capacity as a singer and simple songs. Marie: My great capacity and your simple songs – hey, I liked that.

– Have A Nice Day track by track, 1999

The original idea was to see how a drum machine loop would fit with a big orchestra, but quickly evolved into something more substantial. The finished song was picked as the first single from the 1999 album “Have a Nice Day”, eventually becoming a major hit in continental Europe and the group’s first sizeable British hit in years.

– The Ballad Hits liner notes, 2002

Versions

Per Gessle – Tits & Ass Demo, 18 November 1997

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Roxette – Original Version 4:40

Halfway through the night
I wake up in a dream
Echoes in my head
Make every whisper turn into a scream

I dreamed I could fly
Out in the blue
Over this town
Following you
Over the trees
Subways and cars
I’d try to find out
Who you really are

In the middle of the night
Cool sweating in my bed
Got the windows open wide
Thinking about all the things you said

I wish I could fly
Out in the blue
Over this town
Following you
I’d fly over rooftops
The great boulevards
To try to find out
Who you really are
Who you really are

I wish I could fly now
Wish I could fly now
Wish I could fly now

I wish I could fly
Around and around
Over this town
The dirt on the ground
I’d follow your course
Of doors left ajar
To try to find out
Who you really are

To try to find out
Who you really are

  • Words and Music by Per Gessle
  • Published by Hip Happy
  • Produced by Marie Fredriksson, Per Gessle, Michael Ilbert and Clarence Öfwerman
  • Recorded at El Cortijo Studio, Marbella, Spain in January 1998 by Michael Ilbert and at Polar Studios, Stockholm, Sweden in March 1998 by Michael Ilbert
  • Mixed by Marie Fredriksson, Per Gessle, Michael Ilbert and Clarence Öfwerman at Mono Music, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Lead Vocals: Marie Fredriksson
  • 12-string Electric Guitar: Micke “Nord” Andersson
  • Acoustic Guitar: Micke “Nord” Andersson and Per Gessle
  • Backing Vocals: Marie Fredriksson and Christoffer Lundquist
  • Bass: Jonas Isacsson and Christoffer Lundquist
  • Cymbals: Christer Jansson
  • Keyboards: Clarence Öfwerman
  • Piano: Clarence Öfwerman
  • Programming: Michael Ilbert and Clarence Öfwerman
  • String Arrangement: Per Gessle, Mats “MP” Persson and Clarence Öfwerman
  • String Conductor: Mats Holmquist
  • Strings: SNYKO
  • Tom-tom: Christer Jansson

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Roxette – Quisiera volar [Original Version] 4:43

Una noche más
En blanco sin dormir
Tu sombra en la pared
La mente se me va en ti

Quisiera volar
Hacia la luz
Ir más allá
Donde estás tú
Lejos del mar
Y la ciudad
Besar el azul por donde tú vas

Otra noche sin dormir
Yo, que voy a hacer
Dando vueltas sin parar
Lo que diera por poder volar

Quisiera volar
Hacia la luz
Ir más allá
Donde estás tú
Lejos del mar
Y la ciudad
Besar el azul por donde tú vas
Por donde tú vas

Quisiera volar, quisiera volar, quisiera volar

Quisiera volar
Hacia la luz
Ir más allá
Donde estás tú
Lejos del mar
Y la ciudad
Besar el azul por donde tú vas
Por donde tú vas
Por donde tú vas

Quisiera volar, volar…

Una noche más
Otra noche sin dormir
Quisiera volar

  • Words by Luis Gomez Escolar
  • Published by Hip Happy

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Roxette – Live at Ice Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia on 12 September 2010