"My Winding Wheel" as written by and Ryan Adams....
Well nighttime let her through
Yeah I'm talking to you
I want to see her
Precious little thing

With eyes that dance around without their clothes
So buy a pretty dress
Wear it out tonight
For anyone you think could out do me

Or better still be my winding wheel
Cause I feel just like a map
Without a single place to go of interest
And I'm further north than south

If I could shut my mouth she'd probably like this
So buy a pretty dress
And wear it out tonight
For all the boys you think could out do me
Or better still be my winding wheel

Be my winding wheel
Well the children laugh and sing a song that ushers in her driving rain

And I'm standing in the station like some old record waiting on a train
So buy a pretty dress
Wear it out tonight
For anyone you think could out do me
Or better still be my winding wheel

Be my winding wheel


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"My Winding Wheel" as written by Ryan Adams

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    General CommentI always thought he said, "I'm further north THAN south". A little commentary on how he doesn't actually fit into the country scene, and an admission that, yes, this song is about you: "if I could shut my mouth, she'd probably like this. Basically, if she didn't know he wrote this song, she'd dig it.

    But my favorite line HAS to be "better still..."
    davidecoyoteon April 30, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti kinda get the feeling he's thinking of this girl that he has this thing for but she's trying to find someone better than him
    Hunteron January 16, 2002   Link
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    General CommentYeah i think that the winding wheel part of it, it this girl is thing that keeps him going and without her he cant live.
    beck112on January 22, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"Yeah I'm talking to you" seems to be addressing the person she is with but he is telling him he wants her. At "nighttime" she is free to let go without her current man stopping her, probably dancing, being free etc.

    "With eyes that dance around without their clothes" her eyes are naked, he can see how she really feels about him, she keeps looking at him and he is confident he has her in his sights "So buy a pretty dress/Wear it out tonight/For anyone you think could out do me."


    he is a map that need places of interest added. he needs her to spice him up, make him come alive. "And I'm further north than south" suggests hes doesnt feel like he belongs where he is, comparing where he is to where he belongs.

    "If I could shut my mouth she'd probably like this" wants him to stop talking and just dance and let it flow. my first thought for winding wheel is a cog in a machine, it powers or aids the machine (him).

    "Well the children laugh and sing a song that ushers in her driving rain" the children singing along spurs on her energy/passion to dance. "And I'm standing in the station like some old record waiting on a train" hes waiting for her to 'play' him again like a record, simply waiting on her to bring him alive
    tropichungeron December 13, 2013   Link
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    General Commentyeah,and the winding wheel thing is like he can't "work" without her.
    dorareeveron May 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love these lyrics,
    sierpon March 12, 2003   Link
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    General Commentlove this this song. and yeah, the best line is definitely "oh better still", haha
    precipitateon March 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is my fuenral song definatley, i just love it, its lyrics are so discuisable for his inner feelings but yet so obvious, i love ryan adams!
    crazy_jojo186on June 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentLegend has it that when Ryan met Bob Dylan for the first time, Dylan asked him: "That song, 'My Winding Wheel'... what's it about? What the f**k is a winding wheel"? :D
    DonDiegoon February 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe thing on the back of old toys that you turn to wind up. what else would you call it? He's saying "be the thing that keeps me going."
    bugoffon July 17, 2007   Link

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