"I am a Wonderlust King"

Where does the name come from?

It was about 6 years ago, when I saw Madonna's movie 'Filth and Wisdom', I don't say it was a whacking-great cinematographic work, but it was a unique art movie with a touch of Guy Richie's style, and it tells about simple human beings' ordinary tragedy of being strayed. Eugene Hütz is starring as a philosopher, who comes from Ukraine and is the frontman of a gipsy-punk band, and as I learned later, he was practically playing himself. His band 'Gogol Bordello' not only exists but it's widely known in the underground subcultures. Eugene is a true cosmopolitan, he emigrated to the USA in the time of the Chernobyl disaster. His journey to the USA was a long trip through Hungary, Poland, Austria and Italy. He is also an actor and a DJ alongside being the frontman of Gogol Bordello. Their most popular song,'Wonderlust King' is the closing chord of the movie and at this point, when we first hear the song, every person finds his way a bit.

The general impression of the video, the music and the lyrics perfectly defines the feeling that pushes me to always be on the move.

Gogol Bordello - Wonderlust King

Back in the day yo as we learned
A man was not considered to be
Considered to be fully grown

 

Has he not gonna beyond the hills
Has he not crossed the 7 seas
Yeah, 7 seas at least

 

Now all them jokers kept around
Just like the scarecrows in hometown
Yeah, scarecrows in hometown
From screen to screen, them travelin'

 

But I'm a wonderlust king
I stay on the run, let me out, let me be gone
In the world beat up road sign
I saw new history of a time, new history of time

 

Through Siberian woods breaking up their neck
Breaking up their neck
Chinese moving in building discotheques
Building discotheques

 

Tran-Siberian sex toys and what not
Yeah, why not?
Oh well at least it's something different
From what they got in every other airport

 

 

Ja ne evrei, no koje-chto pohozge
Sovrat ne dast ni Yura ni Seryozga
Simple because I'm not a total gadjo
Da ja shut, ja tziratch, nu tak stozge?

 

I traveled the world looking for understanding
Of the times that we live in
Hunting and gathering first hand information
Challenging definitions of sin

 

I traveled the world looking for lovers
Of the ultimate beauty but never settled in

 

I'm a wonderlust king
I stay on the run, let me out, let me be gone
In the world beat up road sign
I saw new history of a time, new history of time

 

And presidents and billionaires and generals
They'll never know, they'll never know
What I have owned, what I have owned

 

I'm a wonderlust king


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