There are certain songs that just resonate with you. Whether that song recreates a moment in time or is just one that you really like, these songs are the songs that helped create the person you are and were a constant companion in the journey called life.

Today we continue exploring those songs in my life and what they mean to me.   This is Those Certain Songs.

The Song:

Title: Watching The Wheels

Artist: John Lennon

Album: Double Fantasy

The 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 okay, well they look at me kinda 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 ask me 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
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

What it means to me:

I have been a John Lennon fan as long as I can remember. From the early days of my life when I would listen to my father’s 45’s (vinyl records for you folks younger than 20) of ‘I wanna hold your hand’ and ‘Revolution’ enjoying every note and every lyric from the Fab Four.  As I got older I found myself gravitating to Lennon and Harrison as my tastes ran to the more poetic and surreal.  I revealed when the Beatles Anthology was released, revealing more intricate and lost tracks than ever before.  There I found that I needed more from Lennon himself and dove deeply into his post Beatles work. I found an admiration for Lennon (and Harrison) despite their rather tumultuous personal lives.  They made music for the sake of making music, not because it made them famous, but because they loved it.

Among the hundreds of incredible songs of love, loss and deep thoughts on peace, it was today’s track from what would be his final album that always struck me as such a perfect piece of music. In the song, John explains that he is no longer the man everyone expects him to be, that he is simply happy doing what he wants and is no longer beholden to anyone.  He is literally at peace watching the wheels go round and, in a way, it was the perfect song for him to end his career with having been released as a single not long after his fateful night.

To me, this song is about finding the ultimate peace in yourself.  It is that mindset that we all strive for, being at peace with life, the universe and everything.  Too often we try to please everyone else, forgetting that we have an obligation to make sure we are happy as well.  It has been said that in order to help others, you have to help yourself first. In order to love others, you have to love yourself first.  This is what this song tells me, that you have to be you first and something to others second.  It is a great message and one that I still have to remind myself even now into my 40’s.  Sometimes, you just have to let it go and that is okay.

I often wonder what John would have been doing had he lived past that tragic night on December 8, 1980.  I imagine, he would still be sitting there watching the wheels.

Late to the Game 3/14/2020


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