Five o'clock in the morning
You ain't home
I can't help thinking that's strange
Baby I just want you to know
I won't go through it again
Yes, those clouds are closing in

And I will not accept this as a part of my life
I will not live in fear
Of what may be
And the lessons I have learned
I would rather be alone than watch you
Spinning that wheel for me

You've got a thing about danger
Ain't you getting what you want from me
You've got a thing about strangers
Baby that's what we used to be
You've got a thing about danger baby
I guess the hungry just can't see
One of these days
You're gonna bring some home to me

Six o'clock in the morning
You ain't home
I can't help thinking that's strange
It seems that everybody takes their chances
These days
Oh yeah we're standing in the rain

And I will not accept this as part of my life

How can you love me
When you are playing with my life
You say give me time and I'll do better I swear
Give me time and I'll lead you back to despair
And I don't want to go back there

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Spinning the Wheel Lyrics as written by Jonathan Simon Douglas George Michael

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  • +3
    General CommentI don't agree with spikeprincess completely. This is what I see: Two longterm partners, where one has many one night stands, and the other one is worried about whether he is loved or not, and whether they will get some sexually transmitted disease. Spinning the wheel is a metafor for gambling with both their relationship and their lives.
    svengurkon January 31, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about George Michael's fear that his boyfriend at the time was gonna give him Aids
    Eltonfanon May 24, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a song about a couple ,just starting out in a new relationship. (getting their feet wet-standing in the rain)
    one of the partners is not totally committed to the relationship. he/she has cheated before,each time promising to be better. the partner who what cheat on, tell him out the danger of disease/std or death ( considering, it was probably strangers he/she pick up) that are out there and he not just risking his/her life but both theirs lives, and he will not live his life with the fear of his partner die or getting hurt, or catching disease.
    spikesprincesson September 15, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLuv the jazzy feel to this track.
    Agree with most of the above-but feel he's tellin his lover that it's the end if they can't stop cheating,but they always promise they won't,but they do.He knows it,but can't help stayin because he's so in love,but he knows it will destroy him...
    donexileon March 08, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe singer is complaining about his partner who's not home even at 5 in the morning. He's watching the clock. He's fed up. He's had enough of living with insecurity, and has reached a point where he wants to take a decision to break up rather than watching his partner 'spin the wheel' : in other words playing with his life. He 'reprimands' his lover about being careless and expresses his fear that s/he will bring some danger right home. At 6, his lover hasn't even called... In his mind, they are two people standing in the rain. Asks himself about this love where his partner is 'playing with his life' but begging him to give him a chance. At a point where he has to make a decision.. he is negotiating with himself.
    ksk1997on May 16, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI just wanted to say,what i interpreted about the rain part, he says "...Baby I just want you to know
    I won't go through it again
    Yes, those clouds are closing in" , he is getting angry or sad about the situation (everything is getting darker, maybe in his heart or mind or both, like the sky gets when clouds are closing in and its about to rain), and then in the part when he says is six o'clock in the morning you aint home "...It seems that everybody takes their chances
    These days
    Oh yeah we're standing in the rain", now everithing went to the toilet, i mean he is really angry or sad, o whatever feeling you think is appropriate, he is not going to tolerate this anymore (this cheatting and "spining the of the wheel". sorry if some of this isn't well written, i speak spanish.
    Tazylaon March 07, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere's a word that I cannot understand between "And the lessons I have learned" and "I would rather be alone…"; sounds like 'defeat', but that doesn't make any sense. I've looked for it on other websites but nobody has that bit. Anyone else can understand what is that he's saying?
    crushonyouon October 27, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's 6 o'clock in the morning you ain't phoned. Btw.
    Thornylittlefloweron October 16, 2017   Link
  • -1
    General CommentApplauses!!! to spikeprincess. I could not state it any better. I agree with the interpretation about this sing. This song is very personal and has the emotions of the situation a hand. We all what love and be love by the person we think highly of. This encounter is being play out all over the world. And people need to wake up! Sex, multiple partners, singers, drug users are part of a evil plan to take you precious life. Aids, Stds, and other diseases from sexual contact is destroying lifes and the future lifes.
    Battlestationbabyon October 18, 2002   Link
  • -1
    General CommentApplauses!!! to SVENGURK. I could not state it any better !!!

    You can read too much into Lyrics you know !!! (see comments 1 and 2)

    Is the childrens favourite "The runaway train" about just that a RUNAWAY TRAIN or is it about mankind heading towards a cataclysmic apocalypse brought on by their own GREED and lust for POWER!! With no hope for redemption before we BLOW this planet up !!!

    Who knows ?!?!? Me, I'm a half-full (glass) kinda gal ! Thats who I am. You disagree ? Just shoot me ! LOL

    Goodnight at "4am in the morning ...."

    ireneXYon February 12, 2007   Link

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