As sure as the sun rises in the east
Another gunman will come seeking my defeat
Will he be as fast as me, are his nerves quiet and still
Will he fall like all the rest ending his days upon boothill
I'm an outcast riding into town alone
I got wanderlust branded deeper than the bone
I'm an outcast riding into town alone
I got a lust for wandering branded deeper than the bone

As I ride into the sunset to take another town
Thank you for the invite, but I just can't settle down
The dust that coats my hat is from a dozen towns
Dust from shooting down another dozen clowns
I'm an outcast riding into town alone
I got wanderlust branded deeper than the bone
I'm an outcast riding into town alone
I got a lust for wandering branded deeper than the bone

A drum beats for me, it's louder every day
The cadence tells me that soon I'll meet
My judgment day, my judgment day
My judgment day, my judgment day
My judgment day, my judgment day
My judgment day, my judgment day
My judgment day, my judgment day
My judgment day, my judgment day
My judgment day, my judgment day

A drum beats for me, it's louder every day
The cadence tells me that soon I'll meet my judgment day
Life's an endless showdown never knowing when they'll come
I sleep with one eye open lying with my smoking gun
My smoking gun
The game I play has caused a lot of grief
They were dying for fame, so I obliged them some relief
I'm an outcast riding into town alone
I got wanderlust branded deeper than the bone
I'm an outcast with lightning in my hand
I got wanderlust lost in no man's land
I'm an outcast with lightning in my hand
I got wanderlust lost in no man's land
I'm an outcast with lightning in my hand
I got wanderlust lost in no man's land
I got a lust for wandering lost in no man's land
I got wanderlust


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Wanderlust Lyrics as written by Dave Mustaine Evarard S. Prager

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    i think this is about The Man With No Name from the Dollars Trilogy films staring Clint Eastwood.

    Ben2k9on October 08, 2004   Link
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    I would have to argree with forthelove where someone is always gunning for the guy on top.

    BTW, this is the only good song on Risk...about 1:20 into the song is the best part.

    HatchbackMustangon March 05, 2006   Link
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    from 4:05 to the end, this song makes jsut headbang all the way... its fucking amazing

    metaleroon September 14, 2006   Link
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    I love this song, Its my favorite track off the Risk album. I also love the clint eastwood movies and Dave sets the mood perfectly for the song. The passion in his voice is amazing. I met him during the Risk tour and i was just blown away. I cannot think more highly of the man.

    altd2on March 06, 2007   Link
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    My favourite Megadeth song. Underrated.

    DarkAmbitionon July 31, 2007   Link
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    Only good song on the album. The first time I heard Risk I turned it off after two minutes of Insomnia.

    The song reminds me of Manowar's "Outlaw" from Louder than Hell.

    Bladewingon April 22, 2008   Link
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    This is a really cool song. Reminds me a bit of Anthrax, in theme if not in musical style. One of the few good songs off Risk.

    Locopathon December 09, 2016   Link
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    Dave has mentioned The Good, the Bad and the Ugly when talking about this song. The other thing he talks about with it is the nature of the metal community...how there's always a new band coming up with their sights set on you and how they can outdo you and take your spot.

    fortheloveon January 04, 2005   Link

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