"Wilco (The Song)" as written by and Jeff Tweedy....
Are you under the impression
This isn't your life?
Do you dabble in depression?
Is someone twisting a knife in your back?
Are you being attacked?
Oh this is a fact, that you need to know, oh, oh, oh, oh

Wilco, Wilco, Wilco will love you, baby

Are times getting tough?
Are the roads you travel rough?
Have you had enough of the old?
Tired of being exposed to the cold?
Stare at your stereo
Put on your headphones before you explode, oh, oh, oh, oh

Wilco, Wilco, Wilco will love you, baby

So many wars that just can't be won, oh, oh, oh
Even before the battle's begun, oh, oh, oh
This is all of our arms open wide
Sonic shoulder for you to cry, cry, cry, on

Wilco, Wilco will love you, baby

Is someone twisting a knife in your back?
Are you being attacked?
Oh this is a fact that you need to know, oh, oh, oh, oh

Wilco, Wilco, Wilco, Wilco, Wilco will love you, baby

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"Wilco (the song)" as written by Mikael Jorgensen Nels Cline


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  • +3
    General CommentIt's pretty easy to get.

    The song is saying...If you are feeling down and out, depressed, the world is turning it's back on you, or just plain feel like crap, all you need to do is put on headphones and listen to some Wilco.
    Voltron201on May 15, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentSO GOOOOOOOD!

    It definitely means all of the above, it's such a personal statement to their listeners. Tweedy is our best friend through all the rough times. The rest of the band too, but I mean come on, Jeff Tweedy is the most heartwarming voice you will ever hear.
    carrot rope jiveon May 22, 2009   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningYeah, maybe the song is self-aware, but I think it's in essence just saying to escape the stress of life with some good music, whether it's Wilco or someone else.
    cubbyblueson July 18, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentJeff Tweedy described this song as the group's infomercial. He tried to sing other lyrics, like, 'Let go, let go. Someone will love you, baby.' But he didnt think it sounded right. So he kept saying 'Wilco' because it fit better than anything else he could think of, and everyone thought it was funny and made them all smile.
    brightereyes86on August 12, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt says 'put on your head phones, before you exploded oh oh oh oh. Wilco Wilco wilco will love you'
    I love this song. his song just expresses my thoughts and feelings as to why there one of my favourite band.
    lla07on November 23, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song was on the "Poison" episode of Criminal Minds from season 1.
    doubleTon April 14, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOn the new album due out in June. I can't wait for it.
    hammersavageon April 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI heart this band. They make me feel like no other band ever has before. This is their way of saying "Hey, we heart you too." It's that back and forth relationship that, in my opinion, keeps their ships sailing far beyond where many others have been wrecked.
    NorthWriteron May 15, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell now that they're streaming the new album from their website, you can hear that some of these lyrics have changed. In the second verse, it's
    "Put on your headphones before you explode, oh oh oh
    Wilco, Wilco, Wilco will love you."

    Although I kind of wish they left the nod to Colbert...
    losthorizons61on May 22, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDon't take these lyrics at face value. First, a list of the heavy woes of life, then the simple tongue-in-cheek solution: Listen to my band. “Wilco will love you” is making a promise the singer can’t possibly keep. He knows it, and he knows you know he knows it. He's saying, sorry, I can't really help you. The message of the song is a joke, the title of the song is a joke, the title of the album is a joke, and even the name of the band is a joke: “Wilco” in aviation slang means “will comply,” a funny name for any rock band, especially one that pushes the envelope like....Wilco. And yet they’re also serious.
    jbsmithon July 30, 2009   Link

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