Phil Lynott & Grand Slam – “One Wish!”

“One Wish” released in 1984 off the album titled Philip Lynott: The Man and his Music Vol. III recorded with Grand Slam, the band originally formed in 1984 as the brainchild of ex-Thin Lizzy bassist/vocalist and front-man Phil Lynott following the breakup of Thin Lizzy.

This song is one of my many favorite songs by Phil Lynott. It reflects a soft gentle side of him as he also showed in his song “Still in Love With You.”  One Wish is a timeless song that although was written back in the 80’s, it can still fit in with the music of today.  I have often seen written in articles about him where people have said he was a man way ahead of his time, and I truly agree with that statement.

he birth of Grand Slam can be traced back to the solo band Lynott formed during July/August 1983 for a tour of Scandinavia. This line-up featured Magnum keyboard player Mark Stanway, Thin Lizzy members Brian Downey (drums) and John Sykes (lead guitar) plus rhythm guitarist Doish Nagle (ex-The Bogey Boys). When Thin Lizzy completed its farewell tour in September 1983, Lynott continued working with this configuration as a band project that eventually became known as Grand Slam. Sykes departed the project following an offer to join Whitesnake and was replaced with ex Stampede guitarist Laurence Archer, who had previously been approached by Lynott. Prior to the band’s first shows, Downey left to be replaced by Robbie Brennan. The name Grand Slam was chosen after a plethora of other band names had been considered, including Reactor Factor, Catastrophe, Hell Bent on Havoc, Slam Anthem and Slam, the name of a song Lynott had in mind. Lynott earned the nickname Sergeant Rock at the rehearsals at the E’EE studios in London, due to his almost overbearing strictness and dedication to the rehearsal drill.

With the line-up of Lynott, Stanway, Archer, Nagle and Brennan, Grand Slam played its first show in Waterford, Ireland on 26 April 1984. The band’s live set contained a mixture of new songs, written by various combinations of Lynott, Stanway and Archer, as well as songs from Lynott’s solo career plus selected Thin Lizzy songs. Lynott was keen to avoid any ‘second-rate Thin Lizzy’ tag, and was adamant that they should only ever perform three Lizzy songs live (“Cold Sweat”, from their 1983 album Thunder and Lightning, “Sarah”, from Lizzy’s 1979 album Black Rose: A Rock Legend, and the crowd favorite, “Whiskey In the Jar”, which can be found on Grand Slam: Live 1984.

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Song Lyrics – 

I have often wondered
What it’s like to be the friend
Of someone who is just like you
And with that I pretend

I would keep this friendship
Though in my life might end
So if you’re all through
Oooooo darling

I had a wish
My dreams came true
But I lost it all
I lost you

I had a hope
My hopes ran high
But I lost it all
When you said goodbye

I have often wondered
Sometimes seldom sober
Sometimes when I need you
Darling you grow colder

I have often wondered
To be so depressed
Oh darling help me now
I must confess

I had a wish
And my dreams came true
But I lost it all
When I lost you

I held a hope
Close to my heart
But I lost it all
When we drifted apart

(Interlude)

Just one wish
It’s just a dream
I’d give it all
To go back again

I held a hope
My hopes ran high
But I lost it all
When you said goodbye

And I have often wondered
What it’s like to be the friend
Of someone who is just like you
And with that I pretend

I would keep this friendship
Though in my life might end
And if you’re all through
Oooooo darling

I held a wish
I held a dream
But I lost it all
When you said goodbye
I held a hope
My hopes ran high

Just one wish
I wished for just one wish

Lost in my loneliness
Drowned in my selfishness
Wrecked in my helplessness
Missing your tenderness

Written by and Philip Parris Lynott

6 thoughts on “Phil Lynott & Grand Slam – “One Wish!”

          1. He was rare…to say the least. An Irish black man singing rock and roll…hard rock in some cases along with being a great bass player…plus an excellent songwriter.
            He was one of a kind no doubt. That combination doesn’t come often…or ever.