John Lennon: Watching the Wheels Meaning
Song Released: 1981
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Watching the Wheels Lyrics
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...
AllenZetko70 Oct 12th, 10:30pm 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
anonymous Apr 13th, 2016 4:01am 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.
anonymous Nov 24th, 2015 11:30am 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.
anonymous Nov 2nd, 2013 11:03am 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.
anonymous Jul 26th, 2013 7:12pm 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.
anonymous Dec 6th, 2010 12:50am 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.
anonymous Sep 27th, 2008 9:03pm 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.
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.
anonymous Jan 9th, 2007 1:54pm 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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