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 • 327

  • Pennywise
    Pennywise  10 hours back

    wilco is like pinkfloyds more modest and collect but underrated little brother

    • Courtney Phillips
      Courtney Phillips  6 days back

      That guitar though💔💔

      • waterhead001
        waterhead001  1 weeks back

        when I hear this song, I think of taking a long walk, on a starry night, during the fall in New England, with the smell of burning leaves in the air.

        • Deidra Massenberg -DHS- CSA

          Was almost late to work today watching the HBO Mavis (Mavis Staples) documentary. Here's this Jeff Tweedy of Wilco having major impact in reviving her career. I am a classic rock fan and while I'd heard of Wilco, I was unsure that I'd heard any of their music (another era!). Petty vocals/Santana "Abraxas" guitar feel. This song is beautiful. I'm a new fan in 2019. #letthewilcojourneybegin

          • Colin Smith
            Colin Smith  2 months back

            So beautiful.

            • mindi dains
              mindi dains  2 months back

              Brings back such happy memories. Love this album!

              • Francis Friesen
                Francis Friesen  2 months back

                This is actually moving, pause the video and look...

                • Jacqui Wesley
                  Jacqui Wesley  2 months back

                  Great live. I wish someone had a version

                  • electric fetus
                    electric fetus  2 months 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 months back

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

                      • JJ Belic
                        JJ Belic  3 months back

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

                        • George Humphrey
                          George Humphrey  3 months back

                          Here comes the melancholy...

                          • Mazurka1001
                            Mazurka1001  4 months back

                            Beautiful shit. 💌🤸🏻‍♀️👍

                            • suburbanindie
                              suburbanindie  5 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  5 months back

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

                                • Cristian Radiohead
                                  Cristian Radiohead  6 months back

                                  Riff celestial!!!!. Cancion increible!.

                                  • Chetan Malhotra
                                    Chetan Malhotra  6 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  6 months back

                                      Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful song

                                      • David Ellis
                                        David Ellis  6 months back

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

                                        • help4343
                                          help4343  7 months back

                                          Sounds like a Jon Lennon song.

                                          • Pato
                                            Pato  7 months back

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

                                            • Night Flight
                                              Night Flight  7 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  7 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  4 months back

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

                                              • Rastko Bojkovic
                                                Rastko Bojkovic  7 months back


                                                • Gustavo Rodríguez
                                                  Gustavo Rodríguez  8 months back

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

                                                  • Lori MacBeth
                                                    Lori MacBeth  8 months back

                                                    Wilco's music is magical!

                                                    • quicklynamed
                                                      quicklynamed  8 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  8 months back

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

                                                        • robert pirsig
                                                          robert pirsig  8 months back

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

                                                          • Une Docencia
                                                            Une Docencia  9 months back

                                                            Carlos Julián me trajo hasta aqui

                                                            • Carl Linveld
                                                              Carl Linveld  9 months back

                                                              jesus this guitar solo

                                                              • Jay Dot
                                                                Jay Dot  9 months back

                                                                Dhamn Nels is just going at it

                                                                • Anna Elizabeth Creasy
                                                                  Anna Elizabeth Creasy  10 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  10 months back

                                                                    fuckin wilco!!!

                                                                    • Pablo Rodríguez
                                                                      Pablo Rodríguez  11 months back

                                                                      The soundtrack of all my travels

                                                                      • Anna Creasy
                                                                        Anna Creasy  11 months back

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

                                                                        • Käs Loso
                                                                          Käs Loso  11 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  11 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  11 months back

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

                                                                              • REFUSED
                                                                                REFUSED  12 months back

                                                                                Perfect song

                                                                                • Matt Polston
                                                                                  Matt Polston  12 months back

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

                                                                                  • sullivan2339
                                                                                    sullivan2339  1 years 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  1 years back

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

                                                                                      • SuperChampionRocker
                                                                                        SuperChampionRocker  1 years back

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

                                                                                        • Doug Neighbors
                                                                                          Doug Neighbors  1 years 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  8 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