I feel like a spinnin' top or a dreidel --
The spinnin' don't stop when you leave the cradle,
You just slow down.
'Round and around this world you go,
Spinnin' through the lives of the people you know --
We all slow down.

How you gonna keep from turnin' from day to day?
How you gonna' keep from turnin' your life away?
No days you can borrow, no time you can buy,
No trust in tomorrow, it's a lie.

I feel like a spinnin' top or a dreidel --
The spinnin' don't stop when you leave the cradle,
You just slow down.
'Round and around this world you go,
Spinnin' through the lives of the people you know --
We all slow down.

How you gonna keep from turnin' from day to day?
How you gonna' keep from turnin' your life away?
No days you can borrow, no time you can buy,
No trust in tomorrow, it's a lie.

And I feel like I'm a dippin' and a-divin',
My sky shoes are spiked with lead heels.
I'm lost in this star car I'm a-drivin',
But my air soul keeps pushin' big wheels.

My world is a constant confusion,
My mind is prepared to attack --
My past, a persuasive illusion,
I'm watchin' the future it's black.

What do you know? You know just what you perceive.
What can you show? Nothin' of what you believe,
And as you grow, each thread of life that you leave
Will spin around your deeds and dictate your needs
As you sell your soul and you sow your seeds,
And you wound yourself and your loved one bleeds,
And your habits grow, and your conscience feeds
On all that you thought you should be --
I never thought this could happen to Meeeeeeeece

I feel like a spinnin' top or a dreidel
The spinnin' don't stop when you leave the cradle,
You just slow down.
'Round and around this world you go,
Spinnin' through the lives of the people you know -
We all slow down.

How you gonna keep from turnin' from day to day?
How you gonna keep from turnin' your life away?

I feel like a spinnin' top or a dreidel --
The spinnin' don't stop when you leave the cradle,
You just slow down.
You just slow down.
You just...slow...down.


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    General CommentI was surprised there were not more comments on this song. the song is pretty clear but the way he can clearly and uniquely create a song that wraps up the roller coaster that is life is that don mclean genius. the great line in this song that seems to talk to me is " My world is a constant confusion,
    My mind is prepared to attack --
    My past, a persuasive illusion,
    I'm watchin' the future it's black.

    What do you know? You know just what you perceive.
    What can you show? Nothin' of what you believe,
    And as you grow, each thread of life that you leave
    Will spin around your deeds and dictate your needs
    As you sell your soul and you sow your seeds,
    And you wound yourself and your loved one bleeds,
    And your habits grow, and your conscience feeds
    On all that you thought you should be --
    I never thought this could happen to Meeeeeeeece"

    people dont write songs like his enough.
    malrenaldson September 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYeah.
    TheThornBirdson February 03, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song is probably on my top 5 of McLean's works. Such a unique and different tune! I love the melody and the seeming chaoticness of the songs at times - it works. The chaos fits the message, beautifully. Just a gorgeous song.
    HELENzon November 10, 2009   Link

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