“Watching the Wheels” John Lennon: All Too Clear…

When I was growing up, my mother would play “Double Fantasy” by John Lennon and we would do puzzles in the afternoon.  Those were great memories.  From time to time, I would listen to this album for more sentimental reasons, than to listen to the songs deeply.  Lately, I listened to “Watching the Wheels” and I LISTENED to the song numerous times.  It was amazing, after all these years listening to this song, I finally feel like I get his message in the song.  I truly never paid attention.  Why?  Maybe because I was always in a place where I did not feel I could understand his sentiment when he wrote the song.  But now that I think about it, he was nearly 40 at the time of the song and his life was changing. Music was changing.  He was now the elder of the new generation listening to Punk and pop.  The 60’s/70’s revolution was over.

I really was not a John Lennon fan at all.  I still can’t listen to many of his 70’s albums.  Nothing specific, I just did not feel I could equate to his philosophy.  I was never one to be as liberal and hippie like as him (hate categories).

Double Fantasy was a great album.  He was changing his writing, but he was no longer trying to make a message to the world, instead he was just saying what he felt, and did not care if you liked it or not.  It is like he was the brightly colored dressed man on a rocking chair and people walk by and stare or make comments and he is just smiling and waving like there was nothing wrong in the world.  He had nothing left to prove at the time of the recording.  It is all just my opinion, I could be wrong, but that is what I see from that recording.

This song could not be more clearer to me than it is now.  I really don’t feel like being in the rat race anymore.  Let the young folk play that game.  I just want to watch the wheels go round and round…

 

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