->''We gotta get out of this place \\
if it's the last thing we ever do''
-->-- '''Music/TheAnimals'''

A song about life on the road. Frequently this will be about a young person running away from home, and seeking a better life somewhere else. ''Anywhere'' else. This often results from SmallTownBoredom, and the belief that life on the road is more romantic.

Related to the SomewhereSong, which is about a ''specific'' place where the grass is believed to be greener, and to the IWantSong. See also TheRunaway, WalkingTheEarth, and RoadTripPlot.
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!!Examples:

'''Titled [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Wanderlust"]]'''

* "Wanderlust" by Music/{{Bjork}}
* "Wanderlust" by Music/FloggingMolly
* "Wanderlust" by Baroness
* "Wonderlust King" by Music/GogolBordello
* "Wanderlust" by Delays
* "Wanderlust" by Every Time I Die
* "Wanderlust" by Music/PaulMcCartney
* "Wanderlust" by Music/AbneyPark
* "Wanderlust" by Music/{{Nightwish}}
* "Wanderlust" by [[{{Transsexual}} Heather Alexander/Alexander James Adams]]
* "Wanderlust" by Music/{{Megadeth}}
* "The Wanderlust" by Music/{{Metric}} with Music/LouReed
* "Wanderlust" by Music/{{REM}}
* "Wanderlust" by [[Music/DireStraits Mark Knopfler]]
* "Wanderlust" by Music/WildBeasts

'''Other Names'''

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[[folder: Alternative Rock ]]

* "The Taste of Ink" by The Used
* "The World at Large" by Music/ModestMouse
* "Dorothy Dreams of Tornados" by Cursive
* "Naveed" by Our Lady Peace
* Subverted in "Exotic Siren Song" by Moonshake, in which following his wanderlust pushes the narrator over the DespairEventHorizon.

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[[folder: Blues ]]

* "Boogie Chillen" by Music/JohnLeeHooker

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[[folder: Blues-Rock ]]

* "We Gotta Get Out of This Place", Music/TheAnimals

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[[folder: Classical ]]

* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5gWlmJqaB4 "Das Wandern"]]'' from Music/FranzSchubert's song cycle ''Music/DieSchöneMüllerin'' (''The Pretty Milleress'').
* Emmanuel Geibel and Justus Wilhelm Lyra's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5phLBjpgpU "Der Mai ist gekommen"]]. This is a very popular genre in Germany.
* Ralph Vaughan Williams' "The Vagabond" from ''Songs of Travel,'' (text by Creator/RobertLouisStevenson)
* Giancarlo Menotti's "When the air sings of summer I must wander again," from ''The Old Maid and the Thief''
* "Slim's Song" from Benjamin Britten's ''Paul Bunyan'' (text by Creator/WHAuden)

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[[folder: Country ]]

* "King of the Road" by Music/RogerMiller.
* "On the Road Again" by Music/WillieNelson.
* "Rambling Man" by Music/HankWilliams
* "Heads Carolina, Tails California" by Jo Dee Messina.
* "The Way I Feel" by Mary-Chapin Carpenter
* "Carefree Highway" by Gordon Lightfoot
* "One Way Ticket" by Leann Rimes.
* "Reckless" by Alabama.
* "Nobody's Gonna Rain On Our Parade" by Kathy Mattea.
* ''Wanderin' Star'', memorably performed by Lee Marvin.
* "My House" by Music/KaceyMusgraves, about life in an RV.
* "A Little Gasoline" by Terri Clark.

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[[folder: Electropop ]]

* "Moving On" by Ryuichi Sakamoto, on the album ''Sweet Revenge',' is a particularly poignant example

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[[folder: Filk ]]

* Defied in Kathy Mar's ''Heartwarming.'' The singer[[note]]it isn't clear if it's Kathy herself or an unnamed character[[/note]] spends the entire song declaring her love for the person who finally convinced her to settle down.

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[[folder: Folk ]]

* Tom Paxton's "Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound" is a song about how wanderlust isn't such a good idea after all: the narrator is lonely and lost constantly traveling. It ends:
-->''"If you see me passing by, and you sit and wonder why,\\
And you wish that you were a rambler too,\\
Nail your shoes to the kitchen floor, lace 'em up and bar the door\\
And thank the stars for the roof that's over you"''
* "The Greatest Adventure" by Glenn Yarborough. It's the song that plays at the beginning of the 1977 film of ''WesternAnimation/TheHobbit''.
* "Fast Car" by Tracy Chapman.
-->''You got a fast car,\\
Is it fast enough so we can fly away? We gotta make a decision;\\
Leave tonight, or live and die this way?''
* Friedrich-Wilhelm Möller's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2l3K5oNZ0_w "The Happy Wanderer"]] ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_QJi7wVENE "Der fröhliche Wanderer"]])
* "Boomer's Story" (trad)
* "Everybody's Talkin'", originally by Fred Neil but famously covered by Harry Nilsson, The Beautiful South, and many others. The singer feels trapped and alienated by urban life and dreams of escaping.
-->''"I'm goin' where the sun keeps shining\\
Through the pouring rain;\\
Going where the weather suits my clothes..."''
* Music/PhilOchs' ''Song of My Returning''; half ode to wanderlust, half love song.
* "Been On The Road So Long" by Alex Campbell is about a WorldHalfEmpty, the general theme being that he might be tired of travelling "the road of no return", but nothing he's seen makes him want to stay anywhere either.
* "Never Tire Of The Road" by Andy Irvine is a tribute to Creato/WoodyGuthrie and the life if a traveling musician.
-->''"Never tire of the road,\\
Never tire of the rolling wheel\\
Way out yonder's a calling me, and the dark road leads me onward\\
And the highway that's my code\\
There's a lonesome voice that I heard in my head that said "Never tire of the Road"\\''
* James Taylor's "Wandering".
-->I've been wandering early and late\\
From New York City to the Golden Gate,\\
And it don't look like I'll ever stop my wandering.

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[[folder: Folk Metal ]]

* "Journey Man" by Music/{{Korpiklaani}}.
* "The Road Goes Ever On" by Wuthering Heights

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[[folder: Folk Rock ]]

* "Peace Train" by Cat Stevens.
* "America" by Music/SimonAndGarfunkel.
* "Beggars to God" by Bob Franke.
* "The Road" by Music/FrankTurner
* "Second Child, Restless Child" by Music/TheOhHellos. The song that immediately follows after, "Wishing Well," then demonstrates [[SubvertedTrope why this trope isn't always a good idea.]]
* "Road Trip" by Music/{{Runrig}}

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[[folder: Gypsy Punk ]]

* "Sally" by Gogol Bordello

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[[folder: Hard Rock ]]

* "Born to be Wild" by Music/{{Steppenwolf}}
* "Fly By Night" By Music/{{Rush}}
** And the lesser known "Dreamline"
* "Ramble On", Music/LedZeppelin, from ''Music/LedZeppelinII''
* "Stone Free" by Music/JimiHendrix
--> ''Stone free, to do what I please,\\
Stone free to ride the breeze,\\
Stone free, I can't stay,\\
I've got to, got to, got to get away''
* Music/ColdChisel's "Bow River" and "Houndog"
* "Bat Out Of Hell" by Music/MeatLoaf. It arguably [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructs the trope]], given that the protagonist gets so caught up in the act of getting the hell out of dodge that he ends up wrecking his motorcycle and dying.

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[[folder: Metal ]]

* "Running Free" and "Wildest Dreams" by Music/IronMaiden.
* "Wherever I May Roam" by Music/{{Metallica}}.
* Multiple on [[{{Music/CultOfLuna}} Cult of Luna's]] Somewhere Along the Highway album.

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[[folder: Indie Rock ]]

* Music/TheProtomen song "Breaking Out".
* "Seeds" by Music/HeyRosetta

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[[folder: Melodic Hardcore ]]

* "Anywhere But Here" by Music/RiseAgainst.

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[[folder: New Wave ]]

* "Screaming Skin", by Music/{{Blondie}}. "Following my lust for wander everywhere I've never been, I can't escape from the sound of it--the sound of my screaming skin."

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[[folder: Pop ]]

* The Russian pop song "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXMb9bQoM1o Zelenoglazoe taksi]]" ("Green-Eyed Taxi") by Mikhail Boyarsky is about wanting to leave one's home life and go somewhere far away.
* "Daddy's Car" by Music/TheCardigans
* "Far Away Places", originally recorded by Music/BingCrosby in 1948 and covered by many other artists since.
* BarbraStreisand's "Anyplace I Hang My Hat Is Home".
* Perry Como's "The Gypsy in My Soul".

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[[folder: Pop Punk ]]

* "Our Hometown" by Music/BowlingForSoup.

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[[folder: Pop Rock ]]

* Music/KellyClarkson's "Breakaway"

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[[folder: Progressive Rock ]]

* [[Music/ClockworkAngels Caravan]] by Music/{{Rush}}.

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[[folder: Punk Rock ]]

* "Wayfarer" by Hot Water Music.
* "Night Train" by Bouncing Souls.
* The ending of two songs on Music/GreenDay's ''Music/AmericanIdiot'' have this: "Jesus of Suburbia" and "Letterbomb".
** "Castaway" from ''Warning'' gives off this vibe.

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[[folder: Rock ]]

* "Don't Stop Believin'", Music/{{Journey}}
-->''"Just a small town girl, livin' in a lonely world,\\
She took the midnight train goin' anywhere"''
* "Baba O'Riley", Music/TheWho, from ''Music/WhosNext''
-->''"Sally, take my hand\\
We'll travel south, 'cross land\\
Put out the fire, and don't look past my shoulder."''
** "Goin' Mobile" is another one:
-->''"Out in the woods or in the city\\
It's all the same to me\\
When I'm driving free, the world's my home."''
* Both "Thunder Road" and "Born to Run" from ''Music/BornToRun'' by Music/BruceSpringsteen.
-->''"We got to get out while we're young \\
Because tramps like us, baby we were born to run"''
* "She's Leaving Home" by Music/TheBeatles, from ''Music/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand''
** And possibly "Ticket to Ride".
** And the latter part of "You Never Give Me Your Money".
* Music/BobDylan: "Highway 61 Revisited", "Like a Rolling Stone" (sort of) (from ''Music/Highway61Revisited''), and "Tangled Up in Blue", from ''Music/BloodOnTheTracks''.
* "Friend of the Devil" by Music/TheGratefulDead.
* "The Wanderer" by Dion, although it's more about skipping town to [[TheCasanova avoid being tied down to a single girl]]. [[DoubleStandard This from the man who brought you]] "[[ReallyGetsAround Runaround Sue".]]
** WordOfGod says it's a [[TakeThat parody song]] of a chauvinistic two-timer, sung in the third person. The song received a MisaimedFandom nonetheless.
* "The Loadout/Stay" by Jackson Browne.
* "Free Bird" by Music/LynyrdSkynyrd.
* "Friday's Child" by Them (with Van Morrison who later did a solo version).
* "Turn the Page" by Music/BobSeger.
* "Roll Me Away" by Music/BobSeger
* "You Can Sleep While I Drive" by Melissa Etheridge
* "American Ride" and "Vagabond Moon" by Willie Nile.
* The title song of Jon Bon Jovi's solo album ''Destination Anywhere.''

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[[folder: Roots Rock ]]

* "Proud Mary" from ''Music/BayouCountry'' by Music/CreedenceClearwaterRevival (though it still holds true in the [[CoveredUp Tina Turner cover]]).

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[[folder: Southern Rock ]]

* "Ramblin' Man", Music/TheAllmanBrothersBand, and a different song by the same name, The Zutons.
* "Highway Song" by Blackfoot.
* "Travelin' Man" by Music/LynyrdSkynyrd.

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[[folder: Swing Revival ]]

* "Wolftown Blues" by the Deluxtone Rockets.
-->''Small town blues, can't wait to get away.\\
Leaving this town ain't no mistake.\\
Jump the first rail I got the money to pay. \\
On and on, ride these blues away.''

'''Examples in other Media'''

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Quite a few of the songs associated with ''Manga/OnePiece'' have this theme, since the series is all about sailing the seas in search of adventure.
* The opening of the first season of ''LightNovel/SpiceAndWolf'', "Tabi no Tochuu" ("On a Journey") is half Wanderlust Song, half love ballad. Quite fitting for the series.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* Spoofed with the song "Never Did No Wanderin'" from ''Film/AMightyWind''.
* "Movin' Right Along" from ''Film/TheMuppetMovie''.
* "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Road_Goes_Ever_On_(song) The Road Goes Ever On]]" from ''TheLordOfTheRings'' starts out as a WanderlustSong, but ends as a "No Place Like Home"-type song.
* The Russian film ''Pro krasnuju Shapochku'' (about Red Riding Hood) features the "Road Song", stating "If you go a road long enough you can get to Afica" and so on.
* "Wandering Star" from ''Film/PaintYourWagon''.
** "The First Thing You Know" to a lesser degree, dealing more with Ben's reasons for not wanting to settle down.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* "Song of the Wanderer" from Creator/BruceCoville's [[Literature/TheUnicornChronicles book of the same name]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VlFM3QrVlQ Here's a video some fans made with their own tune]]
* ''The Road Goes Ever On'', Bilbo Baggins' wanderlust song in ''TheHobbit'' and ''TheLordOfTheRings''.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXGRF3irfKk "Follow Me"]] from ''Series/FraggleRock'', sung by explorers Traveling Matt and his nephew Gobo.
* [[http://youtu.be/lgGKSjiw0HQ "Maybe Tomorrow"]], the theme tune to Series/TheLittlestHobo

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[[folder: Theatre ]]

* "Skid Row" and "Somewhere That's Green" in ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors''.
* "Wanderin' Star", from ''Theatre/PaintYourWagon''.
* In the musical ''Theatre/InTheHeights'', Vanessa's IWantSong, "It Won't Be Long Now," also takes this form.
--->"And one day, I'm walkin' to JFK, and I'm gonna fly!
--->It won't be long now, any day."
* Occurs twice in ''Theatre/PassingStrange'':
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by the Narrator:
--->"[[BreakingTheFourthWall At this point in the play]], we were planning a show tune
--->[[GenreSavvy An upbeat 'gotta leave this town' kind of show tune]]
--->But we don't know how to write those kinds of tunes"
** During "Passing Phase," which doubles as a RockStarSong, the main character Youth sings about his plans to "live in vans crammed with guitars / I'll sleep on floors and play in bars / I'll dance to my own metronome / Until chaos feels like home."
* "Fortune Favors the Brave" from ''{{Aida}}'' features the male lead and his shipmates singing about how much they love exploring. Later, "Enchantment Passing Through" finds the two leads sharing their desires to escape their inescapable lives.
* "Corner Of The Sky" from ''Theatre/{{Pippin}}'' functions as one, given that "ramble", "fly" and "run free" are key words in its refrain, and its end-of-the-scene reprises at times when Pippin wants to be somewhere else.
* "Joey, Joey, Joey" from ''Theatre/TheMostHappyFella'':
-->You've been too long in one place\\
And it's time to go, time to go...\\
That's what the wind sings to me\\
When the bunk I've been bunkin' in gets to feelin' too soft and cozy,\\
When the grub they've been cookin' me gets to tastin' too good,\\
When I've had all I want of the ladies in the neighborhood.
* "Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home" from ''St. Louis Woman''.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* The first song Anya sings in ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'' is "Journey to the Past".
* Belle's IWantSong in ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' doubles as this:
-->"I want much more than this provincial life!
-->I want adventure in the great wide somewhere!
-->I want it more than I can tell!"
* "Man's Road" from ''WesternAnimation/TheLastUnicorn'', as performed by Music/{{America}}.
* "When Will My Life Begin?" from ''Disney/{{Tangled}}''.
* "The Wide Open World" from ''WesternAnimation/ThePrincessAndThePea''.
* "[[TearJerker I'm Moving On]]" from the film of ''WesternAnimation/TeachersPet''
* "Thomas O'Malley Cat" from ''Disney/TheAristocats''.
* Subverted with ""On the Road" from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': Steven and Amethyst go on the road, but it's basically just a game to Steven (he got inspired by a series of novels about a pair of homeless brothers), and during the song Amethyst's part becomes a somber musing about how she doesn't feel like she belongs anywhere at all.

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[[folder: Poetry ]]

* Robert Service touches on this in [[http://www.gutenberg.org/files/207/207-h/207-h.htm#2H_4_0019 The Men That Don't Fit in]]
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