This Memorial Day I am remembering... John Lennon.

A song of his came on the radio this morning that I have not heard in AGES. It was Watching the Wheels from his last album- Double Fantasy. Awesome song. I've always found the lyrics and the timing of the song's release ironic and sad. To me, the song expresses how his life had come around "full circle" from his time with the Beatles, to the break-up, then escaping the frantic life of a celebrity and virtually going into hiding for 5 or so years. When finally, he found enough happiness and stability in his personal life to return to the public eye and to music.

He releases the album Double Fantasy in November of 1980. It seems to fans and musicians everywhere that they have years of John and his music to look forward to. The following month... December 8th, 1980, Mark David Chapman shot Lennon four times in the back as he was returning to his New York city apartment. John had signed a copy of Double Fantasy for Chapman only hours earlier that night. According to Wikipedia, John told a radio station hours before that he felt that he could be safe anywhere in New York. Years earlier, he was asked in an interview how he thought he might die. His response... "I'll probably be popped off by some loony." Wow.



Watching The Wheels

People say I'm crazy doing what I'm doing
Well they give me all kinds of warnings
to save me from ruin
When I say that I'm o.k. they look at me kind of strange
Surely you're not happy now you no longer play the game

People say I'm lazy dreaming my life away
Well they give me all kinds of advice
designed to enlighten me
When I tell them that I'm doing fine
watching shadows on the wall
Don't you miss the big time boy
you're no longer on the ball?

I'm just sitting here watching the wheels
go round and round
I really love to watch them roll
No longer riding on the merry-go-round
I just had to let it go

People asking questions lost in confusion
Well I tell them there's no problem, only solutions
Well they shake their heads and look
at me as if I've lost my mind
I tell them there's no hurry...
I'm just sitting here doing time

I'm just sitting here watching
the wheels go round and round
I really love to watch them roll
No longer riding on the merry-go-round
I just had to let it go
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