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 • 338

  • SOTW 98
    SOTW 98  1 weeks back

    *i discovered this band listening cold girl fever by the national*

    • Kevin Cartagena
      Kevin Cartagena  2 weeks back

      sounds like john lennon to me

      • Targeted Individual 808

        Nels is unbelievably good.

        • Sara Anger
          Sara Anger  3 weeks back

          Agreed, one of my favorite guitar solos of all time,all about the ethos

          • comic4relief
            comic4relief  4 weeks back

            Nice tune for sure. Best of the decade though? That's a steep claim. Anyway, hard to say what's best.

            • DanaLorenArt
              DanaLorenArt  1 months back

              My heart. This is art.

              • Meegs B
                Meegs B  1 months back

                Please research the flat Earth!

                • Maurice Nichols
                  Maurice Nichols  1 months back

                  Still is jefe

                  • Erdem Arslan
                    Erdem Arslan  2 months back

                    addicted to solo

                    • Simply Steve
                      Simply Steve  2 months back

                      Wow. I cannot stop playing this. I have been playing Tedeschi Trucks Band's 'Midnight in Harlem' over and over this one is on the top of my list. Just beautiful. Do I hear a hint of John Lennon in his voice?

                      • Scott W. Allen
                        Scott W. Allen  2 months back

                        Nels Cline plays so beautifully on this song.

                        • Alan Roehlich
                          Alan Roehlich  3 months back

                          This album came out right before my father died and as I was completing addiction treatment. It is for me the soundtrack of that sadness and the promise of a life redeemed.

                          • Brian O'Toole
                            Brian O'Toole  3 weeks back

                            Alan Roehlich Sorry for your los. Hopefully your journey thru life is as smooth as can be. Keep your eye on the prize.....Your sobriety!

                          • Diego T.C
                            Diego T.C  1 months back

                            @Michele C-F Wow, the same happened to me three years ago, hope you are getting stronger and wiser man, cheers!

                          • Michele C-F
                            Michele C-F  1 months back

                            My wishes for you to stay clean and remember your father with your new sobriety.

                          • powdahface
                            powdahface  3 months back

                            Alan Roehlich hey man? If you wanna talk email me at
                            I work a lot but I’ll keep an eye out, I’m really sorry for your loss.

                        • S B
                          S B  3 months back

                          Idk the solo sounds kinda like Marty McFly at the dance. Started out pretty dicey like he's never played before, or his disappearing hand simply couldn't hit the strings correctly... But halfway through, George punches Bif out and that's all she wrote. McFly shreds the solo

                          • Consuelo Gómez
                            Consuelo Gómez  3 months back

                            I love this song .... thank you

                            • vikramjit banerjee
                              vikramjit banerjee  3 months back

                              The singer sounds like Daniel Lanois-the producer of Joshua tree U2.

                              • 12magus
                                12magus  3 months back

                                I heard this on the radio the other day and was entranced by the tasty guitar solo and the duet between guitarists a the end. Minimalist to start - tasty - then building the duet. Love it.

                                • Johnny C
                                  Johnny C  4 months back

                                  I'll Always Love Wilco

                                  • INF EX SoySoy
                                    INF EX SoySoy  4 months back


                                    • fidelity70
                                      fidelity70  4 months back

                                      An elegant, beautiful guitar solo. Masterfully handled.

                                      • Mobin Noorizadeh
                                        Mobin Noorizadeh  4 months back

                                        This song is so calm.

                                        • Pennywise
                                          Pennywise  4 months back

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

                                        • Courtney Phillips
                                          Courtney Phillips  4 months back

                                          That guitar though💔💔

                                          • waterhead001
                                            waterhead001  4 months 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  6 months back

                                                So beautiful.

                                                • mindi dains
                                                  mindi dains  6 months back

                                                  Brings back such happy memories. Love this album!

                                                  • Francis Friesen
                                                    Francis Friesen  6 months back

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

                                                    • Jacqui Wesley
                                                      Jacqui Wesley  6 months back

                                                      Great live. I wish someone had a version

                                                      • electric fetus
                                                        electric fetus  6 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  7 months back

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

                                                        • JJ Belic
                                                          JJ Belic  7 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  7 months back

                                                            Here comes the melancholy...

                                                            • Mazurka1001
                                                              Mazurka1001  8 months back

                                                              Beautiful shit. 💌🤸🏻‍♀️👍

                                                              • suburbanindie
                                                                suburbanindie  9 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  9 months back

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

                                                                  • Cristian Radiohead
                                                                    Cristian Radiohead  10 months back

                                                                    Riff celestial!!!!. Cancion increible!.

                                                                    • Chetan Malhotra
                                                                      Chetan Malhotra  10 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  10 months back

                                                                        Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful song

                                                                        • David Ellis
                                                                          David Ellis  10 months back

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

                                                                          • help4343
                                                                            help4343  11 months back

                                                                            Sounds like a Jon Lennon song.

                                                                            • Pato
                                                                              Pato  11 months back

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

                                                                              • Night Flight
                                                                                Night Flight  11 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  12 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  8 months back

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

                                                                                • Rastko Bojkovic
                                                                                  Rastko Bojkovic  12 months back


                                                                                  • Gustavo Rodríguez
                                                                                    Gustavo Rodríguez  12 months back

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

                                                                                    • Lori MacBeth
                                                                                      Lori MacBeth  12 months back

                                                                                      Wilco's music is magical!

                                                                                      • quicklynamed
                                                                                        quicklynamed  12 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  12 months back

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