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John Lennon: Watching the Wheels Meaning

Song Released: 1981

Watching the Wheels Lyrics

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 your not happy now you no longer play the game,

People say I'm lazy...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Jul 27th 2007 report

    He saids that he's just enjoying life and decided to quit being what society says he should be. He's quit trying to make money or give himself some fake image. To others he seems like he's just wasting his life, but he's wise enough to know that they are the ones that are wasting their lives.

  2. anonymous
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    Aug 4th 2022 report

    No longer riding on the merry- go-round could easily be a reference to the last years of the Beatles in which: "We were being supposedly lead by Paul McCartney, but we were actually just going around in circles."
    I'm brilliant. I know.

  3. anonymous
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    Jan 31st 2020 report

    To out the scam of the spherical earth and fake moon landings . This powerful man , for this reason was assassinated by the USA government.

  4. anonymous
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    Aug 13th 2018 report

    A real honest and a good comeback song of John Lennon after He ''stopped'' for years or more to ''stand still and think'' with hands On help raising his new born son named Sean. Where time also stood still with John in those years ''Watching the Wheels'' go round and round that passed by his Dakota home who's ''seriously thinking'' about the reality of his life and the reality of this world he was living in. Which drove his once egotistical sinful nature into madness. He had to let IT go. Meaning all the false ego driven illusions of this world that creeped into his mind. By which the revolutionary radical left wing's neo-cons and neo liberal progressive ideas, also took advantage of him and with him to go against government and religion that was misunderstood by him in some important ways back then. Obviously dough, with time and right thought john cleared his mind out and had enough of the bullshit lies of the liars that supported the international globalists. so john re evaluated his beliefs and thoughts and got himself off the ball. Fornotwanting to play ball for them and with them anymore. He just wanted to discipline himself and become a normal individual or if you wanna box him in John was changing into a old classical liberal with conservative closet leaning values that he proably always had before the drugs, believe it or not. All in order to ''know the flat out truth'' again for becoming a better family man that the revolutionary radical progressive lefties hijacked far too long that turned IT into hatered and ''hated his new change that was for the good'' To only call him crazy in which they actually felt about themselves that they couldn't trust and use anymore.

  5. anonymous
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    Aug 3rd 2018 report

    No longer on the ball...he knew the ball earth was a lie and deception.

  6. anonymous
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    Mar 1st 2018 report

    Just ask Nixon...o wait hes dead,,,,the truth lies in Johns power in politics ,,he lead a revolution,this could never happen again,,NIXON made sure of that,,look up history GTO

  7. AllenZetko70
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    Oct 12th 2016 report

    Well there are a lot of obvious meanings to each line as well as the individual interpretations that each listener hears. "People say I'm crazy,doing what I'm doing"well it is a fact that Lennon had his own way of doing things and his genius was simply thinking outside of the box or simply doing the opposite of what the majority considered status quo.He wanted truth and not what the establishment considered to be truth or the right way of doing things.Then "well they give me all kinds of advice to save me from ruin" here this is a very important statement because of its blanket coverage of who these advice givers were TV evangelists warning of repentence or wind up losing your soul and burning in hell,his manager and everyone in the music industry saying he was making a huge mistake leaving the Beatles and he wouldn't be as successful on his own,or the evil elite that rule this world threatening him for exposing truths in his music that would cause dissent in the new world orders plan to bring in the final deception. We know that Lennon was aware that he was in danger and not long for this world because he was a very influential voice and his fans would hear the clues and outright facts in his songs and his interviews that the elite did not want people to know. In fact they had been propagating the lie of evolution and a spinning global earth as well as the faked moon missions (check out Donald Rumsfield's casual statement about the hoax also the new movie Moonwalkers about Stanley Kubrick being paid to make the fake moon landing film because he had done his own movie "Space Odyssey". There must be something wrong with you John there is no way you can find happiness outside of the Beatles are you mad? "Don't you miss the big time boy your no longer on the ball" Well by leaving the Beatles he was able to express his thoughts and ideas and not censored by the music label that is really just a vehicle owned and controlled by the Jews to dilute the minds of young people and to spread their lies and discredit Christ to usher in the New World Order of the Antichrist which is actually quite simply Devil worship.So by saying anything that went against their lies he was shunned or even more so risking his life by leaving their good graces and standing up to them by saying I am no longer on the ball he was telling us that he was no longer going to be part of their falsehoods such as the world being a ball or a spinning globe because he knew that the earth is a flat plain and that man had never been to outerspace because it doesn't exist.In the chorus Lennon says "No longer riding on the merry go round I just had to let it go" I think he was eluding once again that he wasn't a sheep in a turnstile just doing and thinking the way we are told to think because only truth is what can save you and even though he had fame and wealth and the best things that this world has to offer he was willing to give it up and let go of this world so he could be acknowledged and received in the the next step our heavenly inheritence no matter what anyone else thought and while he was still alive on this earth he was going to spend time with his family which is the most important part of our existence. I would like to conclude this with a special thank you to John Lennon and to all persons that do what is right and truthful and honest instead of anything that is not and what is the greatest sacrifice anyone can make,to give up their life for the benefit of others thanks and think for yourself don't be easily led like a sheep to slaughter.Lennon sang "All we need is love,love is all we need" and people believe it or not it really is that simple. Allen Zetko

  8. anonymous
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    Apr 13th 2016 report

    I think this song is about how people were judging him for leaving The Beatles. He just wanted everybody to know that he enjoyed the way his life is and that he wanted to live it his own way. He just sat back and watched the wheels go round.

  9. anonymous
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    Nov 24th 2015 report

    Before the lyric was watching the wheels go round and round it was making the wheels go round and round. In meditation sometimes you have Closed Eye Visuals that include kaleidoscopic motion. It is absolutely amazing. They look like gears or wheels if you will. Since experiencing this during deep relaxation/meditation this song totally has a new meaning for me.

  10. anonymous
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    Nov 2nd 2013 report

    the wheels going round and round are analogous to the brain spinning thoughts ... so instead of "spinning" on the ups and downs of a merry-go-round of dread, he's enjoying reflecting on what's going through his head.

  11. anonymous
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    Jul 26th 2013 report

    I think differently.
    First: Wheels. Lennon may be referring to guys ability to talk, that is, to those who like to give advice: wheelin' and dealin'. He makes it all explained in the verses

    And "you no longer on the ball", meaning you're not the same man, when he was a Beatles, of course.

    "You no longer play the game", meaning Lennon not is anymore what he used to be, when he was a Beatles
    This is it.


  12. anonymous
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    Dec 6th 2010 report

    John Simply states that he's not a beatle anymore and does not want to be...he's living a different life now, a more peaceful one, basically enjoying the simple things of life,something he could not do cause of the great amount of preasure while he was a Beatle.

  13. anonymous
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    Sep 27th 2008 report

    Simple...John had a little boy and decided it best to be home with his son since he never had a dad who was at home with him. He felt bad about never having that father/son relationship with Julian (because of the Beatles phenomenon) so he did with his next child. Toy cars or trucks, or whatever it was was the vehicle that John drove with his most precious son and together they both were happy kids...just doing nothing...which is the most something. After all they were just watching the wheels go round and round. If you haven't done that you haven't lived.

  14. dandan
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    Sep 9th 2008 report

    John was really lazy with his drugs and what-not and people where always asking him shy are you living like this you are really talented and how he watched his life go by.

  15. anonymous
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    Jan 9th 2007 report

    John Lennon left the greatest entertainment phenomenon ever known. The Beatles evolved through their brief years and every album disenchanted some of the old fans. (It's a long way from Love Me Do to Helter Skelter.) This song seems to be the song for anyone who is trying to differentiate him/herself in life, individuals who no longer want to play the same sorry "role" they've played in their family or social system. It's the song of the business exec who is farming now, the lesbian who has tired of pretending for everyone else, the abused, but financially secure wife who moves to an efficiency apartment with her integrity intact.

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