Impossible Germany by Wilco + Lyrics

  • Published: 04 February 2010
  • This is my fav. song by Wilco and what I believe to be the best song of the past decade. The song musically is simply beautiful, and lyrically is just as great. Enjoy


    Impossible Germany
    Unlikely Japan
    Wherever you go
    Wherever you land

    I'll say what this means to me
    I'll do what I can
    Impossible Germany
    Unlikely Japan

    Fundamental problem
    All need to face
    This is important
    But I know you're not listening
    No I know you're not listening

    This was still new to me
    I wouldn't understand
    Impossible Germany
    Unlikely Japan
    This is what love is for
    To be out of place
    Gorgeous and alone
    Face to face

    With no larger problems
    That need to be erased
    Nothing more important
    Than to know someone's listening
    Now I know you'll be listening
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Comments • 321

  • Jacqui Wesley
    Jacqui Wesley  3 days back

    Great live. I wish someone had a version

    • electric fetus
      electric fetus  1 weeks back

      I have so many good memories of the past tied to this song and seeing it in concert as well......i'm such an old piece of shit now.

      • Jack Starr
        Jack Starr  2 weeks back

        Weak lyrically. I'm disappointed this band hasn't progressed more having such potential.

        • JJ Belic
          JJ Belic  2 weeks back

          The most emotional guitar solo at 2:48...Nels kills this...I am brought to jubilation....tears....completely felt...

          • George Humphrey
            George Humphrey  1 months back

            Here comes the melancholy...

            • Mazurka1001
              Mazurka1001  2 months back

              Beautiful shit. 💌🤸🏻‍♀️👍

              • suburbanindie
                suburbanindie  3 months back

                These guitar licks are straight from Television Marquee Moon... I thought Tom Verlaine was a guest guitarist... trying to figure out what mode he's in, I don't think he's playing straight pentatonics.

                • benjamin ferrio
                  benjamin ferrio  3 months back

                  damn i love me some wilco. real real good stuff. nels is retarded for this song ha ha.

                  • Cristian Radiohead
                    Cristian Radiohead  4 months back

                    Riff celestial!!!!. Cancion increible!.

                    • Chetan Malhotra
                      Chetan Malhotra  4 months back

                      If you really want to thank someone for the beauty of this song thanks Nels Cline, the guitarist of wilco. Since Wilco is not active nowadays, he is into his own ventures. I guess he has a new band or something. He seamlessly flaunts his Jazzmaster and plays some sweet jazz.

                      • fernando sosa
                        fernando sosa  4 months back

                        Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful song

                        • David Ellis
                          David Ellis  4 months back

                          A showcase for Nels. He takes full advantage. Fantastic song. Fantastic Guitar. Wilco 🎸 !

                          • help4343
                            help4343  5 months back

                            Sounds like a Jon Lennon song.

                            • Pato Guzman
                              Pato Guzman  5 months back

                              I can hear Television all over the place with that solo at the end.

                              • Night Flight
                                Night Flight  5 months back

                                I remember listening to this song as I was going through AIT in The Army. Fort Sill, OK in 2007. Definitely brings back memories.

                                • Courtney Pedersen
                                  Courtney Pedersen  5 months back

                                  my boyfriend sent me the link to this song and wow it makes me so incredibly happy to hear the songs that make him the happiest! this is like really really good

                                  • sloburnjo
                                    sloburnjo  2 months back

                                    Geez u r too sweet, do u have a sis?

                                • Rastko Bojkovic
                                  Rastko Bojkovic  5 months back


                                  • Gustavo Rodríguez
                                    Gustavo Rodríguez  6 months back

                                    Nice guitar solo.. is.. really different.. rare.. fits good, like a lot the first part

                                    • Lori MacBeth
                                      Lori MacBeth  6 months back

                                      Wilco's music is magical!

                                      • quicklynamed
                                        quicklynamed  6 months back

                                        I just want to point out the fact that this might be the greatest recorded song of all time yet has no business being so proclaimed: no chorus, it's 6 minutes long, half of it is a guitar solo, there's a 3-guitar arrangement that would make Gil Evans pissy with envy, it was probably recorded on tape, the drums are perfect, and it's not an auto tuned song about Taylor Swift's last boyfriend. Wilco may be the greatest thing since God invented cheese (and puppies).

                                        • quicklynamed
                                          quicklynamed  6 months back

                                          Every time this song's epic guitar solo is heard, a Nazi shits himself (with fear).

                                          • robert pirsig
                                            robert pirsig  6 months back

                                            The guitar solo is as good as anything ever done. As good as Marque moon by television.

                                            • Une Docencia
                                              Une Docencia  7 months back

                                              Carlos Julián me trajo hasta aqui

                                              • Carl Linveld
                                                Carl Linveld  7 months back

                                                jesus this guitar solo

                                                • Jay Dot
                                                  Jay Dot  7 months back

                                                  Dhamn Nels is just going at it

                                                  • Anna Elizabeth Creasy
                                                    Anna Elizabeth Creasy  8 months back

                                                    I get the feels when I hear this song. I can listen to it on repeat. Awesome guitar thru the wrong song, to say the least the solo. Omg!!! Puts The Eagles to shame.

                                                    • Alex Wilhite
                                                      Alex Wilhite  8 months back

                                                      fuckin wilco!!!

                                                      • Pablo Rodríguez
                                                        Pablo Rodríguez  9 months back

                                                        The soundtrack of all my travels

                                                        • Anna Creasy
                                                          Anna Creasy  9 months back

                                                          I feel something every time I hear this song. I could listen to it on repeat.

                                                          • Käs Loso
                                                            Käs Loso  9 months back

                                                            Great Song. Not sure if I understand the lyrics though. Germany is definitly the place you want to land if you rock.

                                                            • Jacklon Hicks
                                                              Jacklon Hicks  9 months back

                                                              Wow this is the best....can't stop listening to it. The solo kills me everytime. Love you Arthur baby are you listening. Best of all time solos. Wow

                                                              • DarkMysteriousObject
                                                                DarkMysteriousObject  9 months back

                                                                Trying to figure out who the 106 benighted dolts are, that gave this a thumbs down

                                                                • REFUSED
                                                                  REFUSED  10 months back

                                                                  Perfect song

                                                                  • Matt Polston
                                                                    Matt Polston  10 months back

                                                                    This was the first song ever listened to while tripping on shrooms and boy, did I make the right choice.

                                                                    • sullivan2339
                                                                      sullivan2339  11 months back

                                                                      Read: Wherever you fall on Sky Blue Sky, Wilco’s abrupt revert into wholesomeness, it’s tough not to wonder if the album might have been completely scrapped if not for “Impossible Germany”, the album’s and Wilco 3.0’s proof of concept. For many, Sky Blue Sky’s soft-edged DNA that came along with the full-time addition of two chops-specialists — most visibly, lead guitarist Nels Cline — fell somewhat flat. “Impossible Germany”, though, showed that this new system could work, that it was at least capable of producing excellence, if not exactly fertile ground for it. And it did that by doubling down on the guitar solo, of all things, last heard being used to the opposite effect one album prior on “At Least That’s What You Said” and “Spiders (Kidsmoke)”.

                                                                      • sullivan2339
                                                                        sullivan2339  11 months back

                                                                        I hear three guitars. Who is guitarist who starts the long lead?

                                                                        • SuperChampionRocker
                                                                          SuperChampionRocker  11 months back

                                                                          War is a hoax. Impossible Germany unlikely Japan. Real humans don't kill. Great song too. Guitar solo supreme.

                                                                          • Doug Neighbors
                                                                            Doug Neighbors  11 months back

                                                                            Andy from Pro Guitar Shop sent me here

                                                                            • MrSoyunamierda
                                                                              MrSoyunamierda  1 years back

                                                                              as much as i like this song its a copy of daft punks digital song. anyone?

                                                                              • Sound8Vision
                                                                                Sound8Vision  6 months back

                                                                                WTF are you talking about? What song?

                                                                            • ben683
                                                                              ben683  1 years back

                                                                              Any thoughts on the meaning of the lyrics?

                                                                              • David Maholchic
                                                                                David Maholchic  1 years back

                                                                                Guitar heaven

                                                                                • David Maholchic
                                                                                  David Maholchic  1 years back

                                                                                  Forever classic

                                                                                  • Franz Farmer
                                                                                    Franz Farmer  1 years back

                                                                                    This album put me off from liking Wilco for a long, long time. I decided to finally give them a proper chance when this album came out, and while I couldn't help but like "Either Way" and especially this song, the "Recovery" soft rock, 70's pastiche turned me off when I was looking for a more proper "party time" rock album, or atleast one that didn't rub its bland sobriety vibes all over your brain... that being said, I can still appreciate this album, although, I like what can before and after alot more.

                                                                                    • John Bickers
                                                                                      John Bickers  1 years back

                                                                                      It does remind me of jamming in Bryant's Park in the late sixties.

                                                                                      • mynameisreza1
                                                                                        mynameisreza1  1 years back

                                                                                        the space around the bird is moving

                                                                                        • kevroh06
                                                                                          kevroh06  4 months back

                                                                                          the whole thing is changing.

                                                                                      • Lauren Brown
                                                                                        Lauren Brown  1 years back

                                                                                        2:50 Guitar is a songbird

                                                                                        • Yann Remy
                                                                                          Yann Remy  1 years back

                                                                                          Guitar solo is the best Fender Jazzmaster moment!

                                                                                          • Beemerboy324
                                                                                            Beemerboy324  1 years back

                                                                                            Takes me back to the 1970's. It's like Carlos Santana and Duane Allman sat together and said "ok, now I'll show you what I know"