Sometimes they'll tell you to just sit still
When you know that it's time to run
Sometimes they'll tell you it's all over
When you're sure that it's just begun


[ Chorus ]
The iron wheel slowly spins around
It takes you from the cradle till you're 6 feet underground
You push and pull against it
But you ride it till it's through
And those who spin the wheel
Will those fuckers ride it too?


Sometimes they'll tell you to move along
When you're sure you should stand and fight
Sometimes they'll tell you that you're a lucky a man
But the numbers they don't add up right

[ Chorus ]

The good wife rides the wheel
As they use you slip away
T.V. preacher rides the wheel
As he leads the flock astray
Lady justice rides the wheel
But her balance is unsure
Cause the truth that lies in pieces
Scattered on the news room floor

Sometimes they'll tell you to just let go
When you're sure you should hold on tight
Sometimes they'll tell you your time will never come
When you're sure that your time's come tonight

[ Chorus ]



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The Iron Wheel (ft. Shooter Jennings) song meanings
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    General CommentI can't believe no one else has commented on this song! This was my original favorite Nightwatchman song. I interpret it as being about the elite in the world, who hold political, economic, militaristic, and press powers in this country. These people who tell us how to live and behave every day. And, as always with Tom, to fight the power.
    kingemoneyon April 29, 2010   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionThe good wife rides the wheel
    As they use you slip away
    It's "As the years slip away."
    I don't know how you got that. Seriously, that doesn't even make sense!
    EvilRodaon May 20, 2010   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionAlso, it's "Well, those fuckers ride it, too!" not "Will those fuckers ride it, too?"
    EvilRodaon May 20, 2010   Link
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    General CommentAlso, it's "The truth, it lies in pieces," not "The truth that lies in pieces."
    I hope this is the last one. Sorry about having to triple post.
    EvilRodaon May 20, 2010   Link

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