Created By: Unknown Troper on January 20, 2010
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Wanderlust Song

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''We gotta get out of this place
if it's the last thing we ever do''
- The Animals

A song about running away from home, and seeking a better life somewhere else. Anywhere else.

Examples:
  • "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place", The Animals
  • "Don't Stop Believin'", Journey
  • "Baba O'Riley", The Who
  • The first song Anna sings in Anastasia is this; "Journey to my past" is the title I believe.

Community Feedback Replies: 25
  • January 15, 2010
    the grene kni3t
    • "Our Hometown" by Bowling For Soup.
  • January 15, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    "Born to Run"?
  • January 15, 2010
    Tannhaeuser
    "Skid Row" and "Somewhere That's Green" in Little Shop Of Horrors.

    Probably will overlap with an I Want Song in a lot of cases, I should think.
  • January 15, 2010
    lordGacek
  • January 16, 2010
    Sen
    "Born to be Wild"?
  • January 16, 2010
    JethroQWalrustitty
    "Wanderlust King" by Gogol Bordello. Also "Sally".

    See also Small Town Boredom
  • January 16, 2010
    Shrikesnest
    "Fly By Night" By Rush
  • January 16, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    "Anywhere But Here" by Rise Against.
  • January 16, 2010
    johnnye
    Is this distinct enough from Small Town Boredom to be a separate trope? There are other examples of a distinction for The Same But Just In This Medium, and there does seem to be a different tradition of this in music than just Small Town Boredom - for example, you can't accuse Detroit of being a Boring Small Town.
  • January 16, 2010
    Grue
    "Wayfarer" by Hot Water Music.
  • January 16, 2010
    HeartOfAnAstronaut
    Night Train, by Bouncing Souls.
  • January 16, 2010
    Topazan
    Wanderin' Star - from Paint Your Wagon
  • January 17, 2010
    johnnye
    Wanderlust, Delays
  • January 20, 2010
    johnnye
    Related to The Runaway. Any more examples before I launch it?
  • January 20, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" from The Wizard Of Oz
  • January 20, 2010
    Camacan
    @johnnye as written you are probably right -- and that will need to change or the trope will end up in the Trope Repair Shop. That said, there is a trope here: there a plenty of songs about loving life on the road and I'd suggest this positive trope is distinct from hating where you are.

    Expanding on Wandering Star: Eat a pile of gravel, now drink a gallon of whiskey and sing along with Lee Marvin:

    Wheels are made for rollin'

    mules are made to pack.

    I've never seen a sight that didn't look better looking back.

    I was born under a wandrin' star.
  • January 20, 2010
    random surfer
    "King Of The Road" by Roger Miller
  • January 21, 2010
    Dcoetzee
    This theme is pretty popular with the teenager/young adult demographic, for obvious reasons. A couple pop songs:

    • Kelly Clarkson - "Breakaway"
    • The Used - "The Taste of Ink"

    Both of these have some overlap with Small Town Boredom. A couple other examples that pop to mind for me that I probably wouldn't include because they're not quite straight examples are "Leaving Town" by Dexter Freebish and "Hazard" by Richard Marx.
  • January 21, 2010
    Arivne
  • January 21, 2010
    Evalana
    Spoofed with the song "Never Did No Wanderin'" from A Mighty Wind.
  • January 21, 2010
    Camacan
  • January 21, 2010
    savage
    On The Road Again by Willie Nelson?
  • January 22, 2010
    rlkitterman
    The Russian pop song "Zelenoglazoe taksi" ("Green-Eyed Taxi") by Mikhail Boyarsky is about wanting to leave your home life and go somewhere far away.
  • January 22, 2010
    duralict
    • "Ramblin' Man"
    • "Highway 51"
    • "Like A Rolling Stone" (sort of)
    • "Peace Train"
    • "Ticket to Ride"
    • "Friend of the Devil" (do songs about fugitives fleeing count?)
    • "Proud Mary"
  • January 22, 2010
    Camacan
    • The Wanderer by Dion.

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