War on War (3:48)

Cover of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

From Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and 153 other releases

The War On War Songfacts says: “War On War” is about the need to experience (and consequently accept) failure, if you wish to live life to the full, as reflected in the lyric: “You have to learn how to die, if you want to want to be alive.” Wilco’s frontman and chief songwriter, Jeff Tweedy, told Crud Magazine: “I think somehow you need to get to a certain point in your life where the notion of failure is absurd.”


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  • atom217

    @rsidonioo1976 The first time I heard YHF I thought the same thing! Many of the songs have a Malkmus style to them.

    26 Feb 4:02am Reply
  • confligeration

    this is the first time i have listened to this group and i like the sound of them ,i would be tempted to buy their album if available.from confligeration

    23 Jan 12:22pm Reply
  • bullandgate

    This song is just perfect [4]

    6 Nov 2013 Reply
  • rsidonio1976

    Sometimes I wish Stephen Malkmus would join them and make this the best band in the world!

    4 Nov 2013 Reply
  • MrDumptruck

    Impossibly good. God damn.

    31 May 2013 Reply
  • strutterf

    This song is just perfect [3]

    14 Jan 2013 Reply
  • WargyDog

    Didn't know they could play the didgery-doo like that ... :-) (you know, that Australian aboriginal thingy they swing around and make that odd, harmonically interesting noise with?)

    18 Jun 2012 Reply
  • captainyodel

    this album is perfect

    17 Feb 2012 Reply
  • captainyodel

    jam city!

    17 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Towilee

    Great song, I wish I could say I have seen them live.

    26 Oct 2011 Reply
  • west-wing

    let's watch the miles flying by <3

    24 Sep 2011 Reply
  • live4ever89

    This song is just perfect.

    23 Dec 2010 Reply
  • cezar_Alejandro

    have seen wilco every year for the past five years and they get better and better each time i see them. this album ranks among my favorite of all time.

    23 Dec 2010 Reply
  • DavosRancheros

    Great live band!

    5 Dec 2010 Reply
  • JmBugz

    Ive seen Wilco 7 times live. The first three or four times, it was for the YHF album. And this song KILLED every time. This was before the addition of Nels, and Pat and Mikail. Four guys: Tweedy, Leroy Bach, John Stirratt, and Glenn Kotchke...energetic and very raw.

    23 Nov 2010 Reply
  • apgoldenboy

    Such a great album!

    13 Oct 2010 Reply
  • hscottroth

    awesome ending.

    1 Sep 2010 Reply
  • rella987

    easily one of the better rock songs of all time

    17 Aug 2010 Reply
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