Saturday, May 24, 2008

My Favorite Songs III: Wheel, by John Mayer

When I try to point out how things "come around" sometimes with friends, I'll say jokingly "it's the circle of life, Simba." What's great about John Mayer's Wheel is that he manages to say this, about love, without my cheesy analogy and smile on my face. Indeed, he delivers the entire song to you in an eminently frank manner. It's the matter of fact, understated delivery, that allows the instruments to provide great "white space" for his thoughts.

Typical of how well-produced most of his in-studio music is (though I'm told he is a phenom live), the end of the song is a cutting-together of the chorus that's arranged so that you can swear he's rolling the words on a wheel himself.

The reality is that this song is modernity's way of reciting Ecclesiastes 3. Enjoy.

People have the right to fly
And will when it gets compromised
Their hearts say "Move along"
Their minds say "Gotcha heart"
Let's move it along
Let's move it along

And airports
See it all the time
Where someone's last goodbye
Blends in with someone's sigh
Cause someone's coming home
In hand a single rose

And that's the way this wheel keeps working now
That's the way this wheel keeps working now
And I won't be the last
No I won't be the last,
To love her

And you can't build a house of leaves
And live like it's an evergreen
It's just a season thing
It's just this thing that seasons do

And that's the way this wheel keeps working now
That's the way this wheel keeps working now
And you won't be the first
No you won't be the first
To love me

You can find me, if you ever want again
I'll be around the bend
I'll be around the bend
I'll be around,
I'll be around
And if you never stop when you wave goodbye
You just might find if you give it time
You will wave hello again
You just might wave hello again

And that's the way this wheel keeps working now
That's the way this wheel keeps working now

You can't love too much, one part of it (repeat then fade)

I believe that my life's gonna see
The love I give
Return to me
I believe that my life's gonna see
The love I give
Return to me
I believe that my life's gonna see
The love I give
Return to me [repeat 1x]

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