The Wanderer
Johnny Cash Lyrics


I went out walking
Through streets paved with gold
Lifted some stones
Saw the skin and bones
Of a city without a soul
I went out walking
Under an atomic sky
Where the ground won't turn
And the rain it burns
Like the tears when I said goodbye

Yeah I went with nothing
Nothing but the thought of you
I went wandering

I went drifting
Through the capitals of tin
Where men can't walk
Or freely talk
And sons turn their fathers in
I stopped outside a church house
Where the citizens like to sit
They say they want the kingdom
But they don't want God in it

I went out riding
Down that old eight lane
I passed by a thousand signs
Looking for my own name

I went with nothing
But the thought you'd be there too
Looking for you

I went out there
In search of experience
To taste and to touch
And to feel as much
As a man can
Before he repents

I went out searching
Looking for one good man
A spirit who would not bend or break
Who would sit at his father's right hand
I went out walking
With a bible and a gun
The word of God lay heavy on my heart
I was sure I was the one
Now Jesus, don't you wait up
Jesus, I'll be home soon
Yeah I went out for the papers
Told her I'd be back by noon

Yeah I left with nothing
But the thought you'd be there too
Looking for you

Yeah I left with nothing
Nothing but the thought of you
I went wandering

Oh ho

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: ADAM CLAYTON, DAVE EVANS, LARRY MULLEN, PAUL HEWSON

Lyrics Licensed & Provided by LyricFind
To comment on specific lyrics, highlight them
Genre not found
Artist not found
Album not found
Song not found
Most interesting comments from YouTube:

G. Jakobsen

Lyrics: I went out walking *°•.¸☆
Through streets paved with gold
Lifted some stones
Saw the skin and bones
Of a city without a soul
I went out walking
Under an atomic sky
Where the ground won't turn
And the rain it burns
Like the tears when I said goodbye
Yeah I went with nothing
Nothing but the thought of you
I went wandering

I went drifting
Through the capitals of tin
Where men can't walk
Or freely talk
And sons turn their fathers in
I stopped outside a church house
Where the citizens like to sit
They say they want the kingdom
But they don't want God in it

I went out riding
Down that old eight lane
I passed by a thousand signs
Looking for my own name

I went with nothing
But the thought you'd be there too
Looking for you

I went out there
In search of experience
To taste and to touch
And to feel as much
As a man can
Before he repents

I went out searching
Looking for one good man
A spirit who would not bend or break
Who would sit at his father's right hand
I went out walking
With a bible and a gun
The word of God lay heavy on my heart
I was sure I was the one
Now Jesus, don't you wait up
Jesus, I'll be home soon
Yeah I went out for the papers
Told her I'd be back by noon

Yeah I left with nothing
But the thought you'd be there too
Looking for you

Yeah I left with nothing
Nothing but the thought of you.



Joe MacGillivray

That's a good similie. Johnny Cash is like potatoes to a music listener's ear-appetite. His songs go well in any playlist (his diverse topical lyrics, the sound his band had, and the sounds along with them throughout the years incorporating other styles, his voice and persona as a whole and is widely loved and respected by musicians and fans).

Potatoes are like that. You can do all different types of things in putting potatoes in a meal, they go well with so many different things, and they are the most appealing vegetable from what I've learned over the years.

This is me expanding on the original poster's comparison of Johnny Cash and potatoes.

Potatoes are to a meal as Johnny Cash is to a music collection.

As a musician, spiritual individual, poet/journalist, and knowledge-seeker; The Man In Black has been a huge influence on me for many years. I write and perform in various genres, Johnny being a tremendous influence. You could pick up on it whether in my Country, Celtic/Gaelic Folk-Rock, general folk, Blues and grunge songs that I write or cover.



Michael Parks

I went out walkin'
Through streets paved with gold
Lifted some stones saw the skin and bones
Of a city without a soul
I went out walkin' under an atomic sky
Where the ground won't turn and the rain it burns
Like the tears when I said goodbye

Yeah I went with nothin'
Nothin' but the thought of you
I went wandering

I went drifting through the capitals of tin
Where men can't walk or freely talk
And sons turn their fathers in
I stopped outside a church house
Where the citizens like to sit
They say, "They want the kingdom"
But they don't want God in it

I went out ridin' down that old eight lane
I passed by a thousand signs
Lookin' for my own name

I went with nothin'
But the thought you'd be there too
Lookin' for you

I went out there in search of experience
To taste and to touch and to feel as much
As a man can before he repents

I went out searching
Looking for one good man
A spirit who would not bend or break
Who would sit at his father's right hand
I went out walking with a Bible and a gun
The word of God lay heavy on my heart
I was sure I was the one

Now Jesus, don't you wait up
Jesus, I'll be home soon
Yeah I went out for the papers, told her, I'd be back by noon

Yeah I left with nothin'
But the thought you'd be there too
Lookin' for you

Yeah I left with nothin'
Nothin' but the thought of you
I went wanderin'



All comments from YouTube:

Matt LaTorre

My favorite U2 song… and Bono doesn't even sing it! These are the greatest lyrics Bono has ever written and Johnny Cash makes the song perfect. What else can I say other than that this is simply amazing?

Robert Hay

Actually there is an outtake where Bono sang on it, prior to the band getting Johnny Cash to sing on it.

Devon Jones

I can't live, with or without you.

Josef Manhal

Perfect

PooPoo PiePie

100% Greatness but hands of love is the neo of their dicography.

Mustange Sally

@michaelanthony perez lol, I was gonna say...

16 More Replies...

EriCk_Aivn G.V

The lyrics of The Wanderer tells the story of a preacher who embarks on a personal journey and embraces all that the world offers: Love, knowledge, money, etc,  in fact the preacher is Johnny Cash that is looking for God, the lyrics  encompass an apocalyptical future, Bono said that both worked in the composition of this song in Dublin, this song was inspired by the book of Ecclesiastes, one of the books of The Holy Bible, he said that they had decided to call it the preacher but finally decided to call it the wanderer, this is more than an excellent song, this one is a masterpiece..!.

Namruth roth

searching for love.

txmetalhead82xk

Strong, strong The Book of Eli vibes listening to this.

Resto Blast

@PrisonbreakSPNheroes God always, has a capital G by the way. 👍

More Comments

More Videos