"Medicine Wheel" as written by and Kate Wolf....
The day you left and you called me bitch
I called you selfish better pull that switch
Put my son on amphetamines
He came home crying and there's your proof
Crying 'bout nothing but a missing tooth

I did the right thing

You shade the truth almost everyday
Phone calls at night "it's going to be ok"
Are you saddened baby under the bridge?
Are you saddened baby on Lake Street

[Chorus]
Black marker on cardboard
Little drawing of a medicine wheel
Everything that's good you steal
Everything that's good you steal

Maybe you'll wake up in jail alone
And hold the handle of the one pay phone
And do the right thing
Like I once tried but I bent the truth

A five dollar dent for a little lost tooth
There's a payback in front of me
Because once you were like a walking high
Breaking in motion through the parking lot

Are you saddened baby under the bride
Are you saddened baby on Lake Street

[Chorus]

Words of encouragement are just as real
Saving my faith does have a smooth group appeal

Are you saddened baby under the bridge
Are you saddened baby on Lake Street

[Chorus]

Everything that's good you steal
From me


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"Medicine Wheel" as written by Kate Wolf

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  • +1
    General CommentIt's "Are you signing," not "are you saddened."
    Eamonon June 04, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentActually, these lyrics are all kinds of wrong. The correct lyrics are:

    ***

    The day you left and you called me "bitch"
    I called you selfish; better pull that switch
    Put my son on amphetamines
    He came home crying, and there's your proof
    Crying 'bout nothing but a missing tooth
    I did the right thing

    You shade the truth almost every day
    Phone calls at night, it's gonna be okay

    Are you signing, baby
    Under the bridge?
    Are you signing, baby
    On Lake Street?
    Black marker on cardboard
    Little drawing of a medicine wheel
    Well, everything that's given, you steal
    Everything that's given, you steal

    Maybe you'll wake up in jail alone
    And hold the handle of the one pay phone
    And do the right thing
    Like I once tried, though I bent the truth
    A five-dollar debt for a little lost tooth
    There's the payback in front of me

    'Cause once you were like a walking heart
    Breaking in motion through the parking lot

    Are you signing, baby
    Under the bridge?
    Are you signing, baby
    On Lake Street?
    Black marker on cardboard
    Little drawing of a medicine wheel
    And everything that's given, you steal
    Everything that's given, you steal

    Words of encouragement are just as real
    Same effect as a smooth blue pill

    Are you signing, baby
    Under the bridge?
    Are you signing, baby
    On Lake Street?
    Black marker on cardboard
    Little drawing of a medicine wheel
    Everything that's given, you steal
    Everything that's given, you steal
    Everything that's given, you steal
    From me
    Eamonon June 04, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the song is about two people. The ex-husband and the son.

    The part about the son coming home crying I think is about after putting him on the drugs. The father was giving her flak about drugs and saying "look, he came home crying! Proof that the drugs are bad for him", when he was only crying because a tooth got knocked out.

    The part about the person on the street holding a sign of a Medicine Wheel must be about the father. It would make sense that he doesn't agree with drugs and prefers herbal stuff. I had wondered at first if it was about someone begging for money on the street using a Native American symbol, and that's why "anything that's given to him, he stole" because it was some kind of hustle. But that is just a passing speculation I had.

    There's a part about being out $5 for Tooth Fairy money, and how it's made up to her by seeing the husband ruined.

    I could see "Words of encouragement are just as real" going either way. Either literal, or else mocking sarcastically. It's a difficult song to crack.
    Blakiepooon March 11, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always thought it was about a mother whose son is homeless and an addict, and she is is blaming herself, wondering if she should have engaged with him more as a child, rather than just putting him on ritalin (or whatever).
    3choplexon May 21, 2013   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI think it's a mother addressing her drugged-out ex, who is reduced to holding up a cardboard sign and panhandling under a bridge. She's upset because the bastard is corrupting their son now.
    But I'm not real sure about any of that. It's not Aimee's most obvious song. Anyone?
    corichon July 23, 2008   Link
  • -1
    General CommentNot even but nice try I'd go on a limb and say it is without a doubt

    about her son being prescribed with Ridalin, concerta, adderall

    dexarin something of that nature a stimulant. After pressured by a

    doctor or guardian whom insist she "put her son on amphetamines" to

    treat he's a.d.d.,they give the "smooth blue pills a try".However

    after she sees he has becoming overly sensitive as a result of

    prescript treatment "crying bout nothing but a little lost tooth" She

    decides to pull him off the drug. Though the other party trys to

    "shade the true almost everynight" even "call[ing her] a bitch" for

    her decison to seek alternative treament for her son. Aimee is

    confident "did the right thing" for her son.
    minthollyon September 23, 2008   Link
  • -1
    General CommentEncouraging a child is just as effective as drugging them and your a selfish piece of shit who doesn't love your kid if you see that and still choose the lather approach in treating your child hyper activity/lack of attention know as natural human behavior that is what s meant by " Words of encouragement are just as real
    Same effect as a smooth blue pill"
    minthollyon September 23, 2008   Link

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