"Nothing But the Wheel" as written by and John Scott Sherrill....
When I'm passed the boulevards
Out here underneath the stars
I've been flyin' past the houses, farms and fields

Leavin' all I know, back home
Rushin' through the cold night air
I'm holdin' on to nothin', but the wheel

Stayin' clear of the interstate
I'm seekin' out those old two lanes
An' tryin' to explain the way I feel

Till all at once it's half past three
An' it's down to the trust and me
An' I'm holdin' on to nothing but the wheel

I've been tryin' to drive you off my mind
Let it that way be, I can leave it all behind

An' forty one goes on and on
An' the lights go winding in the dawn
An' the sky's the color now of polished steel

An' the only thing I know for sure
You don't want me anymore
Then I'm holdin' on to nothing but the wheel

I've been tryin' to drive you off my mind
An' let it that way baby, I can leave it all behind

An' the only thing I know for sure
Is you don't want me anymore
An' I'm holdin' on to nothing but the wheel
An' I'm holdin' on to nothing but the wheel

Gettin' down old forty one
An' forty one takes on and on
An' the lights go winding in the dawn
An' I'm holdin' on in the corner, yeah

I'm holdin' on, holdin' on, holdin' on, holdin' on
An' the only thing I know for sure
Is you don't want me anymore
An' I'm holdin' on to nothin' but the wheel, oh yeah


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"Nothing But the Wheel" as written by John Scott Sherrill

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    General Commentis 41 a reference to President #41 George Herbert Walker Bush. I noticed this number in another song on the CD Midnight Souvenirs
    corsair2on December 25, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI just assumed that "41" refers to US Route 41, which runs almost straight down the middle of the Continental United States, from Michigan to Florida. The lyrics say that he's "stayin' clear of the Interstate," so it can't be a main highway. But he mentions farms and fields, which invokes the Midwest. The song implies he just got in his car and just drove all night. US-41 runs for 2,000 miles from end to end; plenty long enoguh to just drive.
    Anarquistadoron February 17, 2017   Link

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