Watching The Wheels Lyrics - John Lennon

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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. well 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 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 asking 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
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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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JohnLennon | Reviewer: Lynnkh | 2/14/13

I read some reviews and i saw someone saying that Arabs are people to be scared of ... What a shame , i am arab and i never intend to hurt people . Of course wars happen here as in many different countries , but that doesn't mean that we're some kind of terrorists .. Anyway this song is an amazing song and if anyone said it isn't he won't be on this page reading these lyrics. Rest in peace John Lennon you're my idol and if you were still living ,this world would be a better place to live in ...

does a shadow cast a shadow? | Reviewer: #9dream | 2/2/13

Thanks for throwing in the necessary bit of Plato, someone. But "coincidence" is a little strange (everyone dies...COINCIDENCE?) and "wake up" is just plain scary. When I was a kid people checked under their beds for Reds; nowadays it's Illuminati or Arabs or atheists or aliens or...well let's just say Americans have lost their minds, those who had minds to lose in the first place. The pertinent facts of Lennon's career are too well known to people of my generation to warrant much comment. It's the interior landscape of his mind that always matters in his art (any art?). "Shadows on the wall" says it all. Most of us, when our shadows fade, won't even leave an echo in the cave. John's echo is still sounding, for now; we're lucky to be able to hear it.

John...We Miss You. | Reviewer: ANON | 10/9/12

Today:on John's birthday..we realise just what we are missing:and I see a lot of interpretation about John;his music and how he is perceived."People say I'm crazy doing what I'm doing." Well:we need more crazy people with the strength and courage of John:and we need to listen and do something:anything to make a difference:John definitely did and it shows in all the beautiful words I have read below.But get up:do something..be the difference that will make the change.Bless you John:how I wish that you were still here..just sitting here biding your time.

its quite simple really | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/25/12

I think Lennon just had had it with all the pressure of being a star and simply needed a timeout. And he was grounded enough to understand what was important which was his child and his sanity. I think he was just TIRED. He seems to have gottten a lot of pressure from those around him probably assuming that if he actually took some time off he'd be forgotten.But he seems to not care at all if that happened. I think he was happy with what he had accomplished, was financially set and basically told everyone that he was content to be free of all the pressure and happy to relax "watching the wheels go round and round" and "shadows on the Wall"..in other words doing nothing whatsoever at all. "He just had to let it go"......

I'm OK With Peace of Mind | Reviewer: Roy Odhner | 5/25/12

I don't think a lot of in-depth analysis is required on this one. John Lennon was simply stating he was content being a former Beatle and living his life on his own terms. By the time he recorded this song, I think he was merely content to be a singer, song writer, and family man - and he had no desire to be the leader of any movement or the spokesman for any cause. His message is easy enough to understand if you've reached the point of being self-actualized: I don't really want you to give me any advice because I'm happy being me and doing what I am now doing, I don't much care if you don't like my current interests or don't approve of how I live, I'm taking my ball and going home cuz I don't want to play your game any more, the "problems" you want me to solve are not that profound so just fix them and stop whining, please leave me alone because I'm finally happy, and I feel no obligation to appologize for any of this. If you really want me to make any sort of grand statement, then pay attention to the lyrics of this song.

RT @anonymous | Reviewer: @fknijnik | 5/14/12

"Right there, I feel exactly the same way. I'm all about changing the world for the better for humanity, not 'profits for corporations'. I see solutions and people laugh at me, mock my opinions.. but I know things ARE changing. Occupy Washington, Occupy Together, etc. Collective consciousness. It's here, and even when everyone makes fun of me, I put up with it.... it's all changing :)

Peace + Love"

sean | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/20/12

I believe "watching the wheels" refers to sean, I recently used this term in watching my girl observing a play. Just watching the wheels of her mind take it all in. Beautiful song. So poignant.

shadows on the wall | Reviewer: Plato | 1/1/12

The "Shadows on the Wall" refer to Plato's famous parable. The parable is about people chained all their lives in a cave with their back to the fire, watching their shadows on the wall, never knowing about the fire behind them and thinking that the world is 2 dimensional and in black and white. It is allegory of humanity's inability to really understand the world, due to the limitations of human perception, thought and personal biases.

Lennon, by referring to this parable, suggests that he is ok with this human condition. He is letting go of the constant search for greater truth and solving the world's problems. All those "trying to enlighten him" should just let him be.

See:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allegory_of_the_Cave

Great song | Reviewer: Heri Bombas de Agua | 12/30/11

A classic one from John Lennon with lyrics :Album Double Fantasy released in 1980.Lennon wrote this to explain what he was up to in the last 6 years. Until Double Fantasy, his last album was Walls And Bridges, which was released in 1974. He was no longer interested in fame, and dedicated himself to his family - his wife Yoko and young son Sean. The song makes a statement that taking it easy and spending time with loved ones is anything but crazy. Working way too hard in an attempt to be a productive as possible, on the other hand, can be quite unfulfilling in the end.

No one really, 'get it'. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/11/11

John Lennon was into 'new age' stuff, 2012, collective consciousness. That's what this is all about.

"Ah, people asking 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 "

Right there, I feel exactly the same way. I'm all about changing the world for the better for humanity, not 'profits for corporations'. I see solutions and people laugh at me, mock my opinions.. but I know things ARE changing. Occupy Washington, Occupy Together, etc. Collective conscious. It's here, and even when everyone makes fun of me, I put up with it.. its all changing :)

Peace + Love

Misconceptions | Reviewer: H. Craig Hutto | 7/14/11

Even as an accomplished icon to many, John Lennon could not escape the common malady of judgment. His fans, the music industry, and even his closest friends viewed him as crazy and lazy. They could not understand his self-imposed isolation from the frantic pace he had maintained since as one of four young men from Liverpool, England, he burst upon the world stage arriving in the United States of America February 9, 1964. After all, he was an idol; a former Beatle; and a musician in his own right. He was not producing as many records or touring around the globe like he had done previously. Like the Romans feeding Christians to the lions, his fans and the power brokers in the music industry wanted more of his flesh. Even his friends were concerned about his lack of activity and his mental stability.
In "Watching The Wheels," he explains in a very sane and entertaining manner that he is perfectly fine. He mocks the questions about his sanity in his lyrics by referring to "watching the shadows on the wall" and adds about the wheels: "I really love to watch them roll." He calls those warning him of ruin, “lost in confusion,” and gives them some solid, positive advice of his own: "I tell them they're no problems only solutions."
Lennon explains that he can no longer maintain the pace he has previously, "riding on the merry-go-round". "He is "doing time," something he has not been able to do for what to him must seem like an eternity. He is doing this time not necessarily by choice, but because he has to do it. He repeats, "I have to let it go," three times at end of the song. There is no anger in his voice, but a calm and kind demeanor.
This a great song of accusation and explanation. It tells of a man who needs rest and who is judged unfairly because he does not meet others' expectations. Indeed, he is called crazy and lazy, because he does not march in step to what other people call normal. Too often people judge others not understanding the load they are carrying and call people who do not fit into their narrow world view lazy, or even crazy. This judgmental attitude pervades in the ignorant and unenlightened. H. Craig Hutto
hcraighutto@gmail.com

Moving on | Reviewer: William | 5/16/11

The way I interpret these lyrics is that it's about moving on and putting yourself first. The protagonist is tired of living for others and living up to other people's expectations. And when he does move on others don't understand and ridicule and question him. It's a very poignant message about living for yourself and making yourself happy. That is the only thing that you have any real control over anyway. Beautifully written.

Lennon the legend | Reviewer: Ayall | 3/20/11

This song is rather simple as most Lennon/Beatle Songs are... that's the beautiful thing about John, he could take the most simple things and make it amazing! (for example; "all you need is love")

The song can simply be taken at face value, as mentioned previously, this was about Lennon's carrer after the Beatles, and people kept on telling him what he should do next and likely "get back with the beatles," and he simply didn't want to "play the game" anymore. Obviously people thought he was "crazy" and obviously said things like "don't you miss the big time" or even called him "lazy," etc. etc.

John was obviously at a new place in his life, had his second son and was just wanting to be with his family having fun... i think that's what a lot of his methapors in the song are - "shadows on the wall" -- obviously wall puppets, even "watching the wheels go round and round" -- toy cars his son likely plays with.

and lastly, "no longer riding on the merry-go-round, just had to let it go" means he's moved on from that past part of his life, he's finished it... gotten everything he can from his beatles carrer, needs something new.

Coincidence? | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/28/11

In this song John says "I'm just sitting here doing time". Some days after (December 8 1980) he was killed.

There was a singer called Otis Redding, on his last recorded song he sings "sittin' on the dock of the bay wasting time". Some days after (December 10 1967) he died in a tragic airplane crash.

Moral: if you want to save your life, keep running (or walking at the very least), never say you are sitting somewhere "wasting" time, those words could eventually turn against you.

Deeper Meanings | Reviewer: BillyBoy | 1/10/11

Of course there is a deeper underlying meaning to the words in Watching the Wheels. Lennon's entire message and passion in life was to enjoy simplistic ideas and values. Watching Wheels refers to sitting and observing the workings of society and human interaction. He was voluntarily taking an outsiders look, where he did not want to be bothered with things that in his mind, did not matter in the grand scheme of the galaxy. Lennon wanted peace and unity and he wanted to live his individual life by his own means, which often meant internal peace and solo unity.


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