"Hymn Of The Big Wheel" as written by Robert Del Naja, Grantley Marshall, Andrew Lee Isaac Vowles, Horace Keith Hinds and Neneh Cherry....
The big wheel keeps on turning
On a simple line day by day
The earth spins on its axis
One man struggle while another relaxes

There's a hole in my soul like a cavity
Seems the world is out to gather just by gravity
The wheel keeps turning the sky's rearranging
Look my son the weather is changing

I'd like to feel that you could be free
Look up at the blue skies beneath a new tree
Sometime again
You'll turn green and the sea turns red
My son I said the power of reflections over my head
The big wheel keeps on turning
On a simple line day by day
The earth spins on its axis
One man struggle while another relaxes

We sang about the sun and danced among the trees
And we listened to the whisper of the city on the breeze
Will you cry in the most in a lead-free zone
Down within the shadows where the factories drone
On the surface of the wheel they build another town
And so the green come tumbling down
Yes close your eyes and hold me tight
And I'll show you sunset sometime again

The big wheel keeps on turning
On a simple line day by day
The earth spins on its axis
One man struggle while another relaxes

As a child solemn pray my hope hides in disguise
While satellites and cameras watch from the skies
An acid drop of rain recycled from the sea
It washed away my shadow burnt a hole in me
And all the king's men cannot put it back again
But the ghetto sun will nurture life
And mend my soul sometime again

The big wheel keeps on turning
On a simple line day by day
The earth spins on its axis
One man struggle while another relaxes


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"Hymn of the Big Wheel" as written by Robert Del Naja Neneh Cherry

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    General CommentThis guy didn't format the lyrics right...

    The song's meaning is right there in the chorus. We're all stuck on the wheel of fate. But it's not so bad...
    YanYan108on May 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBasically I smoke a bowl then reflect on the day while listening to this song, it's great.
    ClicKon December 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentHello there

    I have a favour to ask
    I am an A level Drama student and part of my course was have a certain component to base our our own devised play on , it could have been anything , our was this song.

    If anyone knows or has any idea of the meaning of this song could they post it up? Perhaps there are metaphores or symbalism? I have a few ideas and agree with YanYan but I am mainly lost. Any ideas on how I could draw a plot from a play on this song?

    Thanks
    Sophie
    ShambleBambleon September 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt was on the peace not war album, against the war in Iraq.
    gintingon December 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love the positivity of this song. (Yeah, I know right? Positivity? Massive Attack? LoL.) But to me, it basically means: the world sucks and is totally unfair. But fuck it -- let's enjoy our lives and look at what beauty there is, because life is going to go on.
    hallospacegirlon January 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think the song references Buddhism. The Big Wheel is the clock which counts the seconds of each age of the Earth - each epoch separated from the next by an apocalypse or cataclysm of some kind. The reference to 'beneath a new tree' is also Buddhism - the tree is a metaphor for the an epoch of time, or for the world as it exists within that period. Unfortunately I think the song is a reference to the fact that according to this religion, as well as Mayan prophesies, etc. the current age of Man (the current 'tree') is about to come to an end and largely because of the damage to planet humans have caused ('On the surface of the wheel, they build another town, and so the green comes tumbling down'). Great song and very deep.
    macky17on August 27, 2009   Link

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