What goes up must come down [cowbell enters]
Spinnin' wheel got to go 'round [full drum kit enters]
Talkin' 'bout your troubles it's a cryin' sin
Ride a painted pony let the spinnin' wheel spin

You got no money and you got no home
Spinnin' wheel all alone
Talkin' 'bout your troubles and you never learn
Ride a painted pony let the spinnin' wheel turn

Did you find the directing sign on the
Straight and narrow highway
Would you mind a reflecting sign
Just let it shine within your mind
And show you the colors that are real

Someone is waiting just for you
Spinnin' wheel, spinnin' true
Drop all your troubles by the riverside
[1: Catch a painted pony on the spinning wheel ride]
[2: Ride a painted pony let the spinning wheel fly]

Lyrics submitted by ruben

Spinning Wheel song meanings
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    General CommentNo matter how many times I listened to the song I couldn't figure out what it was about, but now being able to read the lyrics it is fairly obvious it is about a merry-go-round
    alty6905on April 27, 2003   Link
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    General CommentSomething about a drug overdose if I remember right.
    kfe2on February 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentNever heard it before jackass, lol just being paired with the skateboard wheel makes this song kick ass just for
    googlymoogly111on August 08, 2007   Link
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    General Commentits about complaining and you shouldnt do it nobody cares about your problems...tells you to get on a pony and enjoy life...the spinning wheel represents a clock
    davehead4on October 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI'd have to say that it's about just enjoying life, but not strictly on a pony...through drugs. I agree that the spinning wheel represents a clock, though. The second to last stanza, I think, really emphasizes the drugs part. I've never taken drugs, but I've heard that you have some pretty crazy experiences and you see your life in a different way- hence the reflecting sign.
    Rindy Rosson November 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe reference to a merry-go-round is pretty clear, but it might be a metaphor.

    "Let it shine within your mind and show you the colors that are real"
    Might be a drug reference or might not be. For most songs there will always be people who think the lyrics are about drugs whether they are or not. Go figure.

    After listening to the song several times I think it's referencing the subject matter of Carmina Burana. Similarities: deals with life using the metaphor of a wheel that goes round, discusses ups and downs (no money, no home, talk about troubles VS someone's waiting just for you, drop all troubles).
    Jinglesthulaon January 17, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti think its pretty much this:

    just let life (the spinning wheel, carousel, etc) take you where it wants. stop moping, go with the flowwwww
    zs5119on June 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI thought the carousel bit was sort of like that whole wheel of life thing. "What goes up must come down "
    Things may get bad, but they'll come up again. And that's how it's always going to be, so no point worrying. Dunno if I agreee.
    ~on July 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentDavid Clayton-Thomas, lead singer and co-writer of this song, was quoted as describing the song as being "written in an age when psychedelic imagery was all over lyrics...it was my way of saying, 'Don't get too caught up, because everything comes full circle'."
    vincijujuon July 09, 2014   Link
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    General CommentThis song seems to say that if you think you know it all, the great salmon of life is going to slap you across the face.
    sdz896542on January 03, 2016   Link

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