Wheel lyrics

by

Steve Earle


[Intro]
If I took a rollin' wheel
Rolled it ten times 'round
Would it travel far from here?
Would it just go 'round?
'Round and 'round?

[Verse 1]
As a young boy
I helped the old man
Workin' in the fields
And everyday
We hauled the hay
To the rollin' of the wheels
Until one day
The tractor laid
The old man down to the ground
The tractor pitched him
Into a ditch
And left a dusty sound
Of the wheel that kept spinnin' 'round

[Verse 2]
I've never knew
My father well
The war called him too soon
They said he was
An officer
Saw some pictures in my room
The lettеr said
He was reported dеad
Near the front lines, he'd been found
A mine blew his Jeep
Into a twisted heap
And I still hear the sound
Of the wheel that kept spinnin' 'round

[Chorus 1]
Rollin' wheels, rollin' on
Takin' us all on our way
Rollin' wheels, rollin' on
Takin' back all that they gave
Takin' us all on our way

[Verse 3]
My brother chased
A dream of wheels
His whole life geared for the race
As soon as he could
He drove off for good
His whole life was short, quick, and straight
He only lived
To spin those wheels
And make that move over ground
'Til the steering failed
And he crashed the rail
And he laid there still for the sound
Of the wheel that kept spinning 'round
[Verse 4]
As for me
My life's too short
The wheel has carried me far
Around the world
A hundred times
By bus, truck, train, bike, or car
And just like the rest
I roll on to my death
On a country road far from town
I steer by the wheel
Just as sure as I feel
That there won't be but one sound
That's the wheel that keeps spinning 'round

[Chorus 2]
Rollin' wheels, rollin' on
Takin' us all on our way
Rollin' wheels, rollin' on
Takin' us all to the grave
Takin' back all that they save
Takin' us all the way
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