We gotta get out of this placeA 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 Small Town Boredom, and the belief that life on the road is more romantic. Related to the Somewhere Song, which is about a specific place where the grass is believed to be greener, and to the "I Want" Song. See also The Runaway, Walking the Earth, and Road Trip Plot.
if it's the last thing we ever do
if it's the last thing we ever do
— The Animals, "We Gotta Get Out of This Place"
- "Wanderlust" by Björk
- "Wanderlust" by Flogging Molly
- "Wanderlust" by Baroness
- "Wonderlust King" by Gogol Bordello
- "Wanderlust" by Delays
- "Wanderlust" by Every Time I Die
- "Wanderlust" by Paul McCartney
- "Wanderlust" by Abney Park
- "Wanderlust" by Nightwish
- "Wanderlust" by Heather Alexander/Alexander James Adams
- "Wanderlust" by Megadeth
- "The Wanderlust" by Metric with Lou Reed
- "Wanderlust" by R.E.M.
- "Wanderlust" by Mark Knopfler
- "Wanderlust" by Wild Beasts
- "The Taste of Ink" by The Used
- "The World at Large" by Modest Mouse
- "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 Despair Event Horizon.
- Poets of the Fall's Driving Song "Daze" is about the highs and lows of touring, dealing with both the thrill of travel and the exhaustion that comes with it.
Rolling down the freeway, master to the speed of light
Screaming up in the air, bursting through the night
No rest, I've stayed here too long, it's time to move on
- "Boogie Chillen" by John Lee Hooker
- "We Gotta Get Out of This Place", The Animals
- "Das Wandern" from Franz Schubert's song cycle Die SchöneMüllerin (The Pretty Milleress).
- Emmanuel Geibel and Justus Wilhelm Lyra's "Der Mai ist gekommen". This is a very popular genre in Germany.
- Ralph Vaughan Williams' "The Vagabond" from Songs of Travel, (text by Robert Louis Stevenson)
- 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 W. H. Auden)
- "King of the Road" by Roger Miller.
- "On the Road Again" by Willie Nelson.
- "Rambling Man" by Hank Williams
- "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 Kacey Musgraves, about life in an RV.
- "A Little Gasoline" by Terri Clark.
- "Moving On" by Ryuichi Sakamoto, on the album ''Sweet Revenge',' is a particularly poignant example
- "Dark Drive" by The Rain Within, from the album of the same name.
- "Run to the Sun" by Erasure.
- "Let's Take a Car" by Marsheaux.
- Defied in Kathy Mar's Heartwarming. The singernote spends the entire song declaring her love for the person who finally convinced her to settle down.
- 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 The Hobbit.
- "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 "The Happy Wanderer" ("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..."
- Phil Ochs' Song of My Returning; half ode to wanderlust, half love song.
- "Been On The Road So Long" by Alex Campbell is about a World Half Empty, 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 Woody Guthrie 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.
- "All Who Wander" by Dougie Maclean
But all who wander are not lost,
We just like the wind in out face.
Once the raging river's crossed,
We will return to, return to this place.
- "Journey Man" by Korpiklaani.
- "The Road Goes Ever On" by Wuthering Heights
- "Peace Train" by Cat Stevens.
- "America" by Simon & Garfunkel.
- "Beggars to God" by Bob Franke.
- "The Road" by Frank Turner
- "Second Child, Restless Child" by The Oh Hellos. The song that immediately follows after, "Wishing Well," then demonstrates why this trope isn't always a good idea.
- "Road Trip" by Runrig
- "Sally" by Gogol Bordello
- "Born to be Wild" by Steppenwolf
- "Fly By Night" By Rush
- And the lesser known "Dreamline"
- "Ramble On", Led Zeppelin, from Led Zeppelin II
- "Stone Free" by Jimi Hendrix
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
- Cold Chisel's "Bow River" and "Houndog"
- "Bat Out Of Hell" by Meat Loaf. It arguably 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.
- "Running Free" and "Wildest Dreams" by Iron Maiden.
- "Wherever I May Roam" by Metallica.
- Multiple on Cult of Luna's Somewhere Along the Highway album.
- "Anywhere But Here" by Rise Against.
- "Screaming Skin", by 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."
- The Russian pop song "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 The Cardigans
- "Far Away Places", originally recorded by Bing Crosby in 1948 and covered by many other artists since.
- Barbra Streisand's "Anyplace I Hang My Hat Is Home".
- Perry Como's "The Gypsy in My Soul".
- "Our Hometown" by Bowling for Soup.
- Kelly Clarkson's "Breakaway"
- "Wayfarer" by Hot Water Music.
- "Night Train" by Bouncing Souls.
- The ending of two songs on Green Day's American Idiot have this: "Jesus of Suburbia" and "Letterbomb".
- "Castaway" from Warning gives off this vibe.
- "Don't Stop Believin'", Journey
"Just a small town girl, livin' in a lonely world,
She took the midnight train goin' anywhere"
- "Baba O'Riley", The Who, from Who's Next
"Sally, take my hand
We'll travel south, 'cross land
Put out the fire, and don't look past my shoulder."
"Out in the woods or in the city
- "Goin' Mobile" is another one:
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 Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen.
"We got to get out while we're young
Because tramps like us, baby we were born to run"
- "She's Leaving Home" by The Beatles, from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
- And possibly "Ticket to Ride".
- And the latter part of "You Never Give Me Your Money".
- Bob Dylan: "Highway 61 Revisited", "Like a Rolling Stone" (sort of) (from Highway 61 Revisited), and "Tangled Up in Blue", from Blood on the Tracks.
- "Friend of the Devil" by The Grateful Dead.
- "The Wanderer" by Dion, although it's more about skipping town to avoid being tied down to a single girl. This from the man who brought you "Runaround Sue".
- "The Loadout/Stay" by Jackson Browne.
- "Free Bird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd.
- "Friday's Child" by Them (with Van Morrison who later did a solo version).
- "Turn the Page" by Bob Seger.
- "Roll Me Away" by Bob Seger
- "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.
- "Proud Mary" from Bayou Country by Creedence Clearwater Revival (though it still holds true in the Tina Turner cover).
- "Ramblin' Man", The Allman Brothers Band, and a different song by the same name, The Zutons.
- "Highway Song" by Blackfoot.
- "Travelin' Man" by Lynyrd Skynyrd.
- "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.
- Quite a few of the songs associated with One Piece have this theme, since the series is all about sailing the seas in search of adventure.
- The opening of the first season of Spice and Wolf, "Tabi no Tochuu" ("On a Journey") is half Wanderlust Song, half love ballad. Quite fitting for the series.
- Spoofed with the song "Never Did No Wanderin'" from A Mighty Wind.
- "Movin' Right Along" from The Muppet Movie.
- "The Road Goes Ever On" from The Lord of the Rings starts out as a Wanderlust Song, 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 Paint Your Wagon.
- "The First Thing You Know" to a lesser degree, dealing more with Ben's reasons for not wanting to settle down.
- "Song of the Wanderer" from Bruce Coville's The Song of the Wanderer.
- The Road Goes Ever On, Bilbo Baggins' wanderlust song in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
- "Follow Me" from Fraggle Rock, sung by explorers Traveling Matt and his nephew Gobo.
- "Maybe Tomorrow", the theme tune to The Littlest Hobo
- "Skid Row" and "Somewhere That's Green" in Little Shop of Horrors.
- "Wanderin' Star", from Paint Your Wagon.
- In the musical In the Heights, Vanessa's "I Want" Song, "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 Passing Strange:
- Lampshaded by the Narrator:
"At this point in the play, we were planning a show tuneBut we don't know how to write those kinds of tunes"
- During "Passing Phase," which doubles as a Rock Star Song, 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."
- Lampshaded by the Narrator:
- "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 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 The Most Happy Fella:
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.
- The first song Anya sings in Anastasia is "Journey to the Past".
- Belle's "I Want" Song in Beauty and the Beast 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 The Last Unicorn, as performed by America.
- Moana has "How Far I'll Go" (which doubles as an "I Want" Song for Moana) and "We Know the Way".
- "When Will My Life Begin?" from Tangled.
- "The Wide Open World" from The Princess and the Pea.
- "I'm Moving On" from the film of Teacher's Pet
- "Thomas O'Malley Cat" from The Aristocats.
- Subverted with ""On the Run" from Steven Universe: 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.
- Robert Service touches on this in The Men That Don't Fit in