"Wheels" as written by David Eric Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Christopher A. Shiflett and Nate Mendel....
I know what you're thinkin'
We were goin' down
I can feel the sinkin'
But then I came around

And everyone I've loved before
Flashed before my eyes
And nothin' mattered anymore
I looked into the sky

Well we all want something better than
We wish for something new
Well we all want something beautiful
Wish for something true
Been lookin' for a reason and
Something to lose

When the wheels come down
When the wheels touch ground
And you feel like it's all over
There's another round for you
When the wheels come down (When the wheels come down)

Now your head is spinnin'
Broken hearts will mend
This is our beginning
Comin' to an end

Well, you wanted something beautiful
You wished for something new
Well, you wanted something better than
Wished for something true
Been lookin' for a reason and
Something to lose

When the wheels come down (When the wheels come down)
When the wheels touch ground (When the wheels touch ground)
And you feel like it's all over
There's another round for you
When the wheels come down (When the wheels come down)
Oh!

When the wheels come down (When the wheels come down)
When the wheels touch ground (When the wheels touch ground)
And you feel like it's all over
There's another round for you
When the wheels come down (When the wheels come down)

When the wheels come down (When the wheels come down)
When the wheels touch ground (When the wheels touch ground)
And you feel like it's all over
There's another round for you
When the wheels come down (When the wheels come down)


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"Wheels" as written by David Eric Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Christopher A. Shiflett, Nate Mendel

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    General CommentI think i got the lyrics all correct. If not lemme know

    As Dave said, it's about when the wheels touch the ground and you're like oh god i'm glad that's over with.


    Pretty good song, nice solid rock tune from the Foos, can't wait for more!
    thegarbagemanon July 09, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI was in an accident two weeks ago. I got hit by a car and had to be taken to the hospital by ambulance. While I was super lucky that the injuries weren't serious (just a broken left leg), at the time I thought my skull was broken as I slammed my forehead on the concrete and I couldn't think straight. I was taken away on the stretcher. When we arrived at the hospital and the paramedics were taking me out of the ambulance, one of them said "here we go, wheels are comin down" and thats when this song immediately came to mind.

    To me this song means when you think you've been dragged down to the lowest point in your life, whether it may be emotional or physical, life itself allows you to move on for another chance. I love this song.
    snacku05on October 09, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is just awesome!!! It has a great tune and the lyrics are great. I love the Foo Fighters.
    duffman032on September 28, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAmazing song...yet rather confusing. What I get from it: its like when you are having a really hard time with something at some point in your life. It sounds here like the ending of his relationship? "Wished for something new," "Wished for something true." You conquer your struggle because the wheels come down, its over. But "here's another round for you." Like God is always planning a new challenge and struggle to shape your life and make you who you are. Once one problem is over, you'll get another one. It's what life is unfortunatly.
    That's just my point of view :)
    sunny_skieson September 29, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaningthe main meaning of the song to me is relief. think about flying a plane for the first time and having to land. when the wheels come down, the relief you'd feel must be enormous! but at the same time, you still have to slow down to a stop ("and you feel like its all over/heres another round for you").

    it could also be talking about settling down from the rock star lifestyle. maybe this is the foos last? i hope not. dave is amazing!
    spankythedog56on September 30, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song reminds me alot of tom petty's "learn to fly"
    mantankon October 02, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGablelove is being harsh. This song is kinda awing in a way. But that's besides the point. I can see his Nirvana roots in this song, like how Kurt Cobain influenced him..... Verse Chorus Verse Chorus Solo Chorus Chorus.....

    Just thought I'd put that out there......
    punkmeansfreedomon October 20, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti had this idea about this song...it could be a stretch but it seems to fit
    "Well I wanted something better man, wished for something new"
    Dave Grohl himself said he didnt think much of the first album, didnt put much effort into it, so he wanted to make a better one
    "Well I wanted something beautiful, wished for something true"
    wanted an album that was beautiful and true, or a beautiful "Colour" and a true "Shape"
    "Been looking for a reason man, something to lose"
    hes looking for something to lose, but...There is Nothing Left to Lose...
    "When the wheels come down"
    the wheels have come down, they've finally landed, and they're cruising as a band. they've made it.
    "And you feel like it's all over, there's another round for you"
    people keep thinking they cant come up with another good album, but they always do...
    i know its a stretch but i thought it strangely makes sense
    tdh1121on October 20, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo, its definitely a cathartic song. It seems like the release of a "Greatest hits" is a band's swang-song for new content. So people obviously would be depressed by that. So instead he threw in a new jam basically talking about the end of rocking.

    The wheels come down is coming down from flight. The journey being the lead of a rock band.

    It has a softer sound because it represents him growing up as an artist, and the sound isnt representative of the band's journey, but rather how he feels now that it may be over.

    If it IS their last album, that would really suck, b/c the last two albums have been their best and hardest (minus disc two of In Your Honor)
    GKennson September 30, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think Dave is foreshadowing the end of the Foo Fighters. I absolutely hate to say that (they are my favorite band), but it just would be the perfect explanation for these lyrics. "I know what you're thinking/ We were going down/ i could feel us sinking/then i came around"... he is saying we all were thinking they were done, but then he (Dave) came around with this last song/album. "and everyone I loved before/ flashed before my eyes" ... the fans and everyone that loves their music flash before his eyes, but it isn't enough to change them anymore. "i wished for something new"... represents the fans perspective wishing for newer music. "I know your head is spinning/ broken hearts will mend/ this is our beginning/ coming to an end"... this is confusing so lots of thoughts are going through our heads. Broken hearts of fans will mend after this last greatest hits album. and the beginning represents the Foos first ever greatest hits album with their very best songs, but it happens to be their last album, bringing it all to a close. And obviously, "when the wheels come down" meaning they were on a good ride, but the wheels have finally hit the ground and that it is the "landing" or their rock journey.
    CUfan81on October 06, 2009   Link

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