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Watching the Wheels

John Lennon

from the album Double Fantasy released in 1981

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Lyrics

Intro

| C . . . | F . . . | C . . . | F . . . |

Verse

C F People say I'm crazy... C Doing what I'm doing C F Well, they give me all kinds of warnings F To save me from ruin

Pre-Chorus

F Dm When I say that I'm OK G Well, they look at me kind of strange F Dm Surely you're not happy now G You no longer play the game C F People say I'm lazy C Dreaming my life away C F Well they give me all kinds of advice C Designed to enlighten me F Dm When I tell them that I'm doing fine G Watching shadows on the wall F Dm Don't you miss the big time boy G You're no longer on the ball

Chorus

F G C Am ...I'm just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round F Dm F ...I really love to watch them roll G Am ...No longer riding on the merry-go-round F F7 C - C/B - C/A C/G - F ...I just had to let it go C F Ah, people asking questions C Lost in confusion C F Well, I tell them there's no problem C Only solutions F Dm Well, they shake their heads and they look at me G As if I've lost my mind F Dm I tell them there's no hurry G I'm just sitting here doing time F C Am ...I'm just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round F Dm F ...I really love to watch them roll G Am ...No longer riding on the merry-go-round F F7 C C/B C/A C/G ...I just had to let it go F Fm6 Cmaj7 ...I just had to let it go

Notes & Tabs

Note that this is modeled after the acoustic version of the song.

Very standard chords for the most part. Many of the F chords seem to in fact be Fmaj7, my preferred variant of which is shown below. Also note the Fm, Cmaj7, and the C walkdowns.

e-|---1----0----1----3---|--0------1----1------0-----|---0----0-----0-----0-----|-
B-|---1----1----3----0---|--1------1----1------0-----|---1----1-----1-----1-----|-
G-|---2----0----2----0---|--2------2----1------0-----|---0----0-----0-----0-----|-
D-|---3----2----0----0---|--3------1----3------2-----|---2----------------------|-
A-|---3----3---------2---|-(3)-----3----3------3-----|---3----2-----0-----------|-
E-|---1--------------3---|-(1)-----1----1------------|--------------------3-----|-
      F    C    Dm   G     Fmaj7   F7   Fm    Cmaj7      C    C/B   C/A   C/G

Chord Progressions

Intro

| C . . . | F . . . | C . . . | F . . . |

Verse

"People say I'm crazy..."
| C . . . | F . . . | C . . . | . . . . |
| C . . . | F . . . | C . . . | . . . . |

Pre-Chorus

"When the say that I'm okay..."
| F . Dm . | G . . . | F . Dm . | G . . . |
| G . .  . |

Chorus

"I'm just sitting here watching the wheels..."
| F . G . | C  . Am . | F . Dm . | .  .  F   .   |
| G . . . | Am . .  . | F . F7 . | C C/B C/A C/G |
| F . . . | F  . .  . |

Ending

walkdown after the first "I just had to let it go..."
| C . C/B . | C/A . C/G . | F . Fm . | Cmaj7 . . . | (let ring)

Song Info

Song: Watching the Wheels
Artist: John Lennon
Album: Double Fantasy
Year: 1981
Label: Geffen

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