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John Lennon's "Watching the Wheels" reads like a permie theme song....  RSS feed

 
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I've always loved this song...just 'reading' the lyrics different this morning....

Watching The Wheels

People say I'm crazy
Doing what I'm doing
Well, they give me all kinds of warnings
To save me from ruin
When I say that I'm okay, well they look at me kinda strange
"Surely, you're not happy now, you no longer play the game"

People say I'm lazy
Dreaming my life away
Well they give me all kinds of advice
Designed to enlighten me
When I tell them that I'm doing fine watching shadows on the wall
"Don't you miss the big time boy, you're no longer on the ball?"

I'm just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round
I really love to watch them roll
No longer riding on the merry-go-round
I just had to let it go

Ah, people ask me questions
Lost in confusion
Well, I tell them there's no problem
Only solutions

Well, they shake their heads and they look at me, as if I've lost my mind
I tell them there's no hurry, I'm just sitting here doing time

I'm just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round
I really love to watch them roll
No longer riding on the merry-go-round

I just had to let it go
I just had to let it go
I just had to let it go

 
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Which era/album is this song from. I'm not at all familiar with it, I assume it wasn't a single release?
 
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Jim Chesters wrote:Which era/album is this song from. I'm not at all familiar with it, I assume it wasn't a single release?



Hi Jim, welcome to permies
I don't think I ever heard this song until fairly recently...we were out in the woods for much of the seventies and eighties with no electronics.  Here's what wikipedia says.....

"Watching the Wheels" is a single by John Lennon released posthumously in 1981, after his murder.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watching_the_Wheels

 
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For me it's always been the ultimate Breakup Song. He's not upset about it, just accepting and rolling with it.

I watched an interview one time where the interviewer seemed to suggest that mr. Lennon was no longer hip. He said do I have to go out to Club 54 like Mick and Bianca every night to be relevant. In that case, almost no one in the world is relevant.

I saw that about 30 years ago, so I'm sure I don't have the wording exactly right.
 
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Thanks for reviving this Dale - I missed it before. I hadn't thought of this as a break up song.

This part especially

Well, I tell them there's no problem
Only solutions
Well, they shake their heads and they look at me, as if I've lost my mind


I think IS a perfectly permie sentiment. Thanks Judith!
 
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