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]

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Spinning Wheel song meanings
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    My InterpretationIt's a song about BELIEF and the true nature of our Reality as humans. We are most definitely whatever we believe ourselves to be. So in the world "out there" we have hard and fast beliefs, such as "what goes up must come down" (gravity), and yet gravity is just a THEORY. Read what Nikola thought about Gravity. Listen to what Einstein said about Gravity before he died. Discover the "real" Albert Einstein that he grew into, not the E=MC2 theory that Society has forced his name to become.

    The Spinning Wheel is us ("You got no money and you got no home, spinning wheel all alone") playing the Universal game called the Samsara. Round and round it goes...all along it follows ONE BASIC RULE, you are what you believe yourself to be. So when you spend your time "talking 'bout your problems" all you will ever get is more problems. This is why they suggest to "ride a painted pony and let the spinning wheel fly"...in other words, let go of all the bullshit rules and regulations that Society tries to control us with and embrace the INFINITE.

    The most telling line of all in the song was,

    "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"

    Have you EVER found any real answers following the "straight and narrow highway" of society? Well, have you? I know I haven't. Why? Because Society ISN'T YOU! So how could it be? All answers for you lie WITHIN. "Would you mind a reflecting sign, just let it shine within your mind, and show you the colors that are real. Please remember, that MATTER is NOT solid and thus, like Linear Time, NOT REAL. Matter pops in and out of existence whenever we focus our thoughts upon it (The Double Slit Experiment), thus Matter and Linear Time cannot exist as the bastions of our true existence. This is why the ancients referred to our physical world as the MAYA, the Illusion, and true reality as CONSCIOUSNESS, which is twofold...one, each of us possesses our own, unique Consciousness only found by going inside ourselves, and two, each of our unique forms of Consciousness are ALL CONNECTED TOGETHER as ONE Consciousness, part of the Aether, the 2-Dimensional Unified Field of all there is. And this unified Consciousness can be called God Consciousness, as it represents all that is...thus, when we search for God (the Truth, SATYAGRAHA), we will find it through the vibration of Loving all things without judgment (the non-violent AHIMSA).

    Thus, the song is ultimately about finding God by going within (Meditation, Yoga, Dreaming), getting happy thru discovering who you truly are, and then sharing it with the rest of the world (all living things) through the vibration of Love. So don't be afraid of what anybody else thinks of your actions...BE YOU...if it makes you happy then indeed ride a painted pony everywhere you go shining out your Love for everyone to see and benefit from...real Freedom only exists within the mind, free from the judgments of yourself and others...so be FREE and ride that spinning wheel wherever you want it to go!
    CharlieFreakon November 11, 2016   Link
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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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