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Potters Wheel Lyrics

Artist: John Denver
Album: Annie's Song

This song appears on three albums, and was first released on the Different Directions album, and has also been released on The John Denver Collection - Annies Song album. It has also been released on The John Denver Collection - Calypso album, as a live version.

The world is fast becoming younger
The news is all theyve ever known
Theyve seen the wars, the hurt, the hunger
How will they choose when they are grown

What do you tell forevers children
When its their turn to hurt and heal
Whatever spins a grim tornedo
Can also turn a potters wheel

Take a little clay
Put it on a wheel
Get a little hint
How God must feel

Give a little turn
Listen to a spin
Make it into the shape
You want it in

Tell with your life the bloody story
Teach to theyre dreams not burning steel
Its not in bombs where lies the glory
But in whats shattered on the field

The potters wheel takes love and caring
Skill and patience fast and slow
The works it makes are easily broken
Once they survive the potters throw

Take a little clay
Put it on a wheel
Get a little hint
How God must feel

Give a little turn
Listen to a spin
Make it into the shape
You want it in

Some day some children will be digging
In some long forgotten ground
And theyll find our civilisation
Or whats left of it to be found

Theyll find the weapons of destruction
But buried deeper in the hole
Theyll find a message and a promise
In the sand, the potters bowl

Take a little clay
Put it on a wheel
Get a little hint
How God must feel

Give a little turn
Listen to a spin
Make it into the shape
You want it in

Earth and fire and wind conspire
With human hands, and love, and fire

Words and Music by Bill Danoff
Comments/Interpretations
by Sharon Mills on 11/21/2008 3:30am
This song is so profound. We can influence the lives of children by our example. Just like clay on the potter's wheel.
by Jim Bernier on 12/5/2008 1:30am
Bill Danoff wrote the words and lyrics to "Potter's Wheel" - Give proper credit to the wonderful composer (and singer in his own right) who wrote several of Denver's songs including "Take Me Home Country Roads" and "Late Night Radio" (w/Taffy Nivert). Bill's one of the nicest guys you would want to meet - I consider him friend. - JEB
by Jim Bernier on 12/5/2008 1:32am
Disregard my last comment - I see that you have indeed given him credit - sorry.
by lorenzo on 3/15/2009 7:40pm
this song is inspirational and have great rythem to it.
by EAGLE-WOLF on 2/11/2010 6:10pm
I was ready to respond to you to tell the credit was given, when I see you corrected your critique the very next comment. then I looked at the time of night (er, morning) you were writing. Maybe just a bit past bed-time when you read the lyrics and decided to comment? (Just a little good-natured teasing here.)
by Shelig on 3/29/2012 5:15pm
I heard this sung by a gospel singer (I think) on NPR station; the music including the tempo with the lyrics moved me deeply -- it is so beautiful; it touched my inner spirituality.


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