"Dreidel" as written by and Don Mclean....
I feel like a spinning top for a dreidel
The spinning don't stop when you leave the cradle
You just slow down
Round and around this world you go
Spinning through lives of the people you know
We all slow down

How you gonna keep on turning from day to day
How you gonna keep from turning your life away
No days you can borrow
No time you can buy
No trust in tomorrow
It's a lie

Oh I feel like a spinning top for a dreidel
The spinning don't stop when you leave the cradle
You just slow down
Round and around this world you go
Spinning through lives of the people you know
We all slow down

How you gonna keep on turning from day to day
How you gonna keep from turning your life away

And I feel like I'm a-dipping and a-diving
My sky shoes are spiked with lead heels
I'm lost in this star car I'm a-driving
But my air sole keeps pushing big wheels
My world is a constant confusion
My mind is prepared to attack
My past a persuasive illusion
I'm watching the future its black

What do you know
You know just what you perceive
What can you show
Nothing of what you believe
And as you grow
Each thread of life that you lead
Will spin around your deeds
And dictate your needs
As you sell your soul
And you sow your seeds
And you wound yourself
And your loved one bleeds
And your habits grow
And your conscious feeds
On all that you thought you should be
I never thought this could happen to me-e-e-e-e

I feel like a spinning top for a dreidel
The spinning don't stop when you leave the cradle
You just slow down
Round and around this world you go
Spinning through lives of the people you know
We all slow down

How you gonna keep on turning from day to day
How you gonna keep from turning your life away

I feel like a spinning top for a dreidel
The spinning don't stop when you leave the cradle
You just slow down
You just slow down
You just slow down


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"Dreidel" as written by Don Mclean

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    General CommentI was surprised there were not more comments on this song. the song is pretty clear but the way he can clearly and uniquely create a song that wraps up the roller coaster that is life is that don mclean genius. the great line in this song that seems to talk to me is " My world is a constant confusion,
    My mind is prepared to attack --
    My past, a persuasive illusion,
    I'm watchin' the future it's black.

    What do you know? You know just what you perceive.
    What can you show? Nothin' of what you believe,
    And as you grow, each thread of life that you leave
    Will spin around your deeds and dictate your needs
    As you sell your soul and you sow your seeds,
    And you wound yourself and your loved one bleeds,
    And your habits grow, and your conscience feeds
    On all that you thought you should be --
    I never thought this could happen to Meeeeeeeece"

    people dont write songs like his enough.
    malrenaldson September 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah.
    TheThornBirdson February 03, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is probably on my top 5 of McLean's works. Such a unique and different tune! I love the melody and the seeming chaoticness of the songs at times - it works. The chaos fits the message, beautifully. Just a gorgeous song.
    HELENzon November 10, 2009   Link
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    General CommentPretty straight-forward lyrics... Although it should be "spinning top or a dreidel", not "spinning top for a dreidel"...
    KickinFamilyon November 01, 2012   Link

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