->''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.

'''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'''


[[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.


[[folder: Blues ]]

* "Boogie Chillen" by Music/JohnLeeHooker


[[folder: Blues-Rock ]]

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


[[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)


[[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.


[[folder: Electropop ]]

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


[[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"\\''

[[folder: Folk Metal ]]

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


[[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}}


[[folder: Gypsy Punk ]]

* "Sally" by Gogol Bordello


[[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.


[[folder: Heavy Metal ]]

* "Running Free" and "Wildest Dreams" by Music/IronMaiden.
* "Wherever I May Roam" by Music/{{Metallica}}.


[[folder: Indie Rock ]]

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


[[folder: Melodic Hardcore ]]

* "Anywhere But Here" by Music/RiseAgainst.


[[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."


[[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.


[[folder: Pop Punk ]]

* "Our Hometown" by Music/BowlingForSoup.


[[folder: Pop Rock ]]

* Music/KellyClarkson's "Breakaway"


[[folder: Progressive Rock ]]

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


[[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.


[[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" 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.''


[[folder: Roots Rock ]]

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


[[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.


[[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'''


[[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.


[[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 ''Theatre/PaintYourWagon''.


[[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''.


[[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


[[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.
* The beginning of "Put on Your Sunday Clothes" from "Hello Dolly" (also used as the opening tune to ''WesternAnimation/WallE''). Or it could be a SomewhereSong about New York.
-->''"Out there,\\
There's a world outside of Yonkers\\
Way out there [[SmallTownBoredom beyond this hick town]], Barnaby...\\
There's a slick town, Barnaby!"''
* "Joey, Joey, Joey" from ''Theatre/TheMostHappyFella''.
* "Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home" from ''St. Louis Woman''.


[[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''.


[[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]]