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Watching The Wheels Lyrics

Artist: John Lennon


Watching The Wheels
John Lennon

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 o.k. they look at me kind of 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 fo 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

People asking questions lost in confusion
Well I tell them there's no problem, only solutions
Well they shake their heads and 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 fo 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
Comments/Interpretations
by Laura Tarnoff on 10/7/2008 12:00pm
This song came to me on a vision quest! I understood it as very Bhuddist, no longer having to participate in suffering freedom from samsara, the ability to choose what one will occupy their mind with!
by Alberto Medina on 10/26/2008 1:08pm
song is written by John Lennon when he decided to let go of fame and just enjoy his life. The people who thought he was crazy or lazy were the ones that could profit from his re-entry into the spotlight! but like he says....he just had to let it go.
by loretta on 2/21/2009 10:17pm
this song makes me very sad whenever i listen to it as we all can see what we really lost that day in december 1980
by alex palombo on 3/9/2009 12:59pm
it is how he just wants to live his life. And be who he is not who everyone wants him to be. And that the people can't understand why he doesn't want to live the way they want him to live. He just wants to let the facade go and be happy who he is. He just wants peace for himself and others and for people to accept him as who he is not what they want him to be.
by Jo-Jo on 3/23/2009 1:58am
John was like all of us, tired of playing the games people play with our time and our mind, tired of trying to be what everybody wants us to be, everybody has their hands on your mind and your time, so you have to free yourself and just let go, like John said, I just had to let it go- smart man!!! All of us should just let go and be what we want to be period......
by Mikkel Frederiksen on 10/17/2009 1:57pm
Notice, by the way, how the harmonic development matches the lyric "I just had to let it go", namely a sequence of over-the-top, extreme-Beatles modulations that wonderfully encapsulates what he's leaving. Compare to his earlier comments about "electronic muzak" and the rather more minimalistic arrangements on his solo albums.
by Bonhew Mattineau on 10/22/2009 1:05am
Totally... it really speaks volumes.
by Gene Laurenciano on 6/7/2010 10:20pm
All of us must, one day, learn to "let it go..."
by Eloy Rosario on 9/24/2010 7:55pm
This for Crazy Joe, you are are spinning your wheels for an eternity.
Big Bro, I Love you and miss you.
by DT on 3/30/2012 11:07am
I think Lennon was inspired by Plato's when he wrote this. Watching the Wheels is somewhat of an allegory to Plato's Allegory of the Cave.
by Bryan Lavelle on 6/29/2012 1:50pm
I miss writing songs with John, he kept it simple. R.I.P. Johnny your music lives on.
by Lars on 2/2/2013 12:22pm
When I first listened to this song, I didn't really get it. Since then I've like more and more people looked deeply into Self to realize truth and reality. This process really exposes the charade of "playing the game". I suddenly realized like many others that I can just stop and in the process love life so much more. The game is the illusory belief that there is a you that has to act or perform a certain way in life which is a kind of a prison of the mind. Just being is the way out, captured in the phrase "I just have to let it go". Amazing.


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