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Radio XXIII, side A, track 6: “Wishing Well” by Terence Trent D’arby, #16 on The Top 88 of ’88

Terence Trent D'arby - Wishing WellOh, Terence Trent D’arby, I had been waiting for this moment all night!  Ever since I heard from the promo that this song was going to be on the countdown, I was anxiously awaiting its arrival.  I had to wait quite some, Terence Trent D’arby, since this song didn’t show up until #16 on the countdown.  #16!  Awesome job, my friend!  And well-deserved.  This was one of the songs I’d fallen in love with before I’d started making my radio tapes, and I’d never been able to capture its magic before now.  It had been played a lot when it first hit the air waves, but by the time I was trying my hand at pirating songs, “Sign Your Name” had taken its place (which of course had also ended up on the countdown, also deservedly so).

No offense to “Sign Your Name”, but this song was way better, in my humble opinion.  When I’d first heard this one, I was entranced with the unique sound.  It wasn’t like any other pop song I’d heard.  And there was all kinds of bizarre imagery that I loved.  A wishing well of butterfly tears?  Hugging next to a riverboat gambler?  What?  What are you singing about, Terence Trent D’arby?  And my favorite lyric:  “I wanna hear those sugar bells ring.”  I loved that lyric as a kid and I love it now.

As a kid I had no idea what a sugar bell was.  Now, I’m pretty sure it has something to do with sexual intercourse, but I’m still not sure.  But I’ll tell ya, Terence Trent D’arby, if I told a girl that I wanted to hear her sugar bells ring, I think she might let me just because she wants to know what that would sound like just as much as I would.  Even though neither of us would actually know what I was talking about. . .

“Wishing Well”

Kissing like a bandit stealing time
Underneath a sycamore tree

Cupid by the hour sends valentines
To my sweet lover and me

Slowly
But surely
Your appetite is more than I knew

Sweetly
Softly
I’m falling in love with you

Wish me love a wishing well
T’kiss and tell
A wishing well of butterfly tears

Wish me love a wishing well
T’kiss and tell
A wishing well of crocodile cheers, say

<whistling>

Hugging like a monkey see
Monkey do
Right beside a riverboat gambler, ha ha ha ha

Erotic images float through my head
So you wanna be
My midnight rambler
Quickly
Quickly
The blood races through my veins

Quickly
Loudly
I wanna hear those sugar bells ring

Wish me love a wishing well
T’kiss and tell
A wishing well of butterfly tears

Wish me love a wishing well
T’kiss and tell
A wishing well of crocodile cheers, get up!

<whistling>

On the beat now, uh!

Come on
Wish me love a wishing well
T’kiss and tell
A wishing well of butterfly tears
Come on

Wish me love a wishing well
T’kiss and tell
A wishing well of crocodile cheers, uh!

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
I feel like goin’ on
Feel like goin’ on
Come on
Come on
Erotic images
Float
Through my head
My midnight rambler, baby
Uh
Yaaaaaaahooo!

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