"Wander Lust" as written by and Stephen Richard/hackett Hackett....
Do you still walk the streets at night?
With the wanderlust you fight
Back to the corner
Where we went our separate ways

Well, I love to photograph your hand
Andshake it for a while
'Cause you learn so much about someone
A brother or a swine

The veins that plough beneath your path
With so many tales to tell
Picture out of focus in a frame where no one cares

Calm the ocean breeze, quiet the raging sea
This stormy ship we sail is a bottle filled with rage

Do you still walk the streets at night?
With the wanderlust you fight
Back to the corner
Where we went our separate ways

Well, we walked upon the railroad
'Cause the train no longer ran
Where we caught a glimpse of all we missed
From the stars that filled your eyes

With a dollar in your only coat
And a fireball in your hand
You set your sails for better days
Down in South Australia

Dark though it has been there
Your old spirit still shines within
These last thirteen years depraved, uh
Of us anything that's worth saying

Do you still walk the streets at night?
With the wanderlust you fight
Back to the corner
Where we went our separate ways

So raise a cheer to those forgotten years
Back to the corner
Where we went our separate ways

Now the carnival is going home
The ferris wheel is spent
For those roving years of endless jeers
Have dried all that was left

Calm the ocean breeze and quiet the raging sea
This stormy ship we sail is a bottle filled with rage

Do you still walk the streets at night?
With the wanderlust you fight
Back to the corner
Where we went our separate ways

Do you still walk the streets at night?
With the wanderlust you fight
Back to the corner
Where we went our separate ways, separate ways
Back to the corner
Where we went our separate ways


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"The Wanderlust" as written by Roger King Joanna Hackett

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    General CommentI can't help but think this is about "sidewalk sally"...What does anyone else think?
    bfcobblerman08on January 26, 2005   Link
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    General Commentit should be pretty obvious, but all the "wandlust"s in these lyrics are supposed to be "wanderlust"
    JimmyJon April 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about Dave, at least in part, in how he and the band are always touring, and his leaving Dublin for L.A.
    one_irish_roveron January 18, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationThis is one of the first songs of flogging molly that really touched me. That is becuase I have a friend who has moved out of the city about three years ago. He and I were and still are very close. The thing is that we can only see eachother for short periods of times (weekends mostly but once or twice a year we can see eachoter for a whole week.) So I really miss him and for some reason I feel that this song describes the feeling since he and I have kind of went our seperate ways.

    Hopefully we will end up in the same town again some day. This is ofc only my own experience of the song.
    Eooyzon March 23, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthe word wanderlust is derived from german, wander meaning to hike and lust meaning to desire. Literally it translates a desire or passion to hike, but taken figuratively it means an urge to travel. I think the line "Do you still walk the streets at night? With the wanderlust you fight" perfectly describes the struggle of having a strong urge to go around the world and explore life, yet having to deal with leaving great friends and familiar homes.
    frojabottaon February 12, 2010   Link
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    General Commentthe word wanderlust is derived from german, wander meaning to hike and lust meaning to desire. Literally it translates a desire or passion to hike, but taken figuratively it means an urge to travel. I think the line "Do you still walk the streets at night? With the wanderlust you fight" perfectly describes the struggle of having a strong urge to go around the world and explore life, yet having to deal with leaving great friends and familiar homes.
    frojabottaon February 12, 2010   Link

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