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Wheel In The Sky by Journey

Album: InfinityReleased: 1978Charted:
  • According to the liner notes of Journey's Time3 compilation, this started out as a poem called "Wheels In My Mind" by Diane Valory, the wife of Journey bassist Ross Valory. Robert Fleischman, the band's first vocalist, wrote new lyrics, and guitarist Neal Schon wrote the melody on acoustic guitar in the back seat of a station wagon while the band was driving between shows.
  • This was the second Top 100 song from the first Journey album featuring their new lead singer Steve Perry. The song was already written when Perry joined the band, but he put his own signature to it. This song, along with "Lights," which Perry did co-write, finally put Journey on the radio and on their way to stadium rock stardom in the '80s. >>
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    Dawn - Highlands Ranch, CO
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Comments: 29

Come on. It's not about UFOs or Ferris wheels. It's about fate... or God, if you believe He controls your fate. Of course, in this case the narrator would appear to blaming fate instead of taking control of his own destiny.Ken - Philadelphia, Pa
On October 28th 1977, Journey appeared in concert at Bill Graham's Old Waldorf in San Francisco, California...
It marked Steve Perry's first concert appearance as the lead singer of the West Coast-Bay Area group...
Just over five months later on April 2nd, 1978 the group's first charted record, "Wheel in the Sky", would enter Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #89, five weeks later on May 7th it peaked at #57 {for 1 week} and it stayed on the chart for 8 weeks...
Between 1978 and 1985 the group had twenty seven Top 100 records; six made the Top 10 with "Open Arms"* being their biggest hit, it peaked at #2 for six weeks on February 21st, 1982...
* The first three weeks that "Open Arms" was at #2, the #1 record was "Centerfold" by the J. Geils Band and for the last three weeks it was "I Love Rock ‘N Roll" by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts that was in the top spot.
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
I used to work for Rockwell amusement and was led to believe one of the band members worked for them and the song was about working on the feris wheel and how when you work for a carnival you need never know where your going next hence wheel in the sky keeps on turning don't know where I'll be tomorrow it was probably a lie but it made sense at the time!!Jared - Newport Ri
This song has always confused me...Evan White - North Carolina,usa
As much as I hate to admit liking a Journey song...this kicks butt!Willie - Scottsdale, Az
Let me get this straight...I have some choices...UFOs, Greek Mythology, Rock Anthem, Ferris Wheel, mispelled words, et al...FYI..."et al" means "and more." I just like the song...Sandra - Gardnerville, Nv
The poem that Ross Valory's then wife, Diane, wrote had the line "The wheels in my MIND keep on turning", but the band changed it when they used her poem as a basis to write their song. They simply thought it flowed better that way. Great song, even after 30 years.Gloria - Albemarle, Nc
Its about Ezekiel in the bible how he saw the wheels in the sky.Myles - Carl Junction, Virgin Islands (u.s.)
I think that this song should have been on the soundtrack for the movie Fire in the sky with D.B Sweeney and James Garner which was about the 1975 disappearance of Travis Walton from ArizonaJuan - Eugene, Or
Wow, so long ago. I was doing a lot of hitchhiking then, and "I'm standing in the sleet and rain" was true so many times. Thanks for the memories, and thanks for letting me post.Robin - Raleigh, Nc
This song means life goes on move on. Journey rocksJosh - Indianapolis, In
hey Vernon americans don't speak english they speak american. the british speak american with a funny accent "know what I mean Vern?"Ben - Banning, Ca
I was told Steve Perry wrote this song about a Ferris Wheel as he traveled with a carnival at one time and ran the Ferris Wheel.Mary - Woonsocket, Albania
I always thought this song had something to do with Egyptian mythology. I was convinced that the "wheel" was the sun god Ra. Also, "made of silver, not of clay" may point a reference to clay tablets used to write on. I don't realy know for sure but is Journey's band symbol a Scarab beetle? Very important to ancient egyptians, might want to check it outDevin - New York, Ny
so what does it mean?Matt - Houston, Tx
I would say that "Wheel in the Sky" is one of those rare songs that without a doubt stands in the class of Rock Anthem.Izzytoxic - Atlanta, Ga
Hey Mary in Phoenix, AZ. Thanks for pointing that out to Mike. It is after all the English spelling, and English is the language Americans speak. "Colour" is another example.Vernon - Trinidad, Wi, Other
A wheel in the sky is a U.F.O. That is the only logical, er, semi-logical explanation unless you believe that Neeper V's, Cromodora 5-spoke alloys and Cragar SS mags are in the air along with airplanes, birds, insects, smog, U.F.O.s, etc.Darrell - Eugene
I think the song Wheel in the Sky refers to

Ezekiel's wheel; a Spiritual wheel described by Ezekiel a prophet in the Old Testament.

The Wheel apparantly is wooden with Three Animals on the outside; and the face of one man.
Anna - Fairfiled, Ct
"Wheel in the sky" is obviously talking about the sun turning in the sky as the days pass by on tour. "Dont know where Ill be tomorrow"Sergio - Miami, Fl
Mike...in response to how you spell "favorites". You should know that foreign countries, like Canada and England always put a "U" in there. Same with neighbor (neighbour). Didn't they teach you that in school? No offense, I'm just asking.Mary - Phoenix, Az
You're all talkin' 'bout playin' it backwards, and UFO's and mythology and crap. It rocks when you play it forward, there's no need to conspiricize/philosophize about it! Just put on a pair of KOSS's and let it ROCK! Wheel in the Sky is awesome!Daniel - Springfield, Ma
Whell in the sky refers to some greek mythologyRyan - Sewickley, Pa
In response to Brian, yes, this song always reminded me of that. I always thought it had to do with that. I need to try playing this song backwards... Wasn't there once a piece on this page that said it was based on something form the bible? I vaguely remember...Jt - Tullahoma, Tn
I alway sthought that it had to do with the biblical story of Ezechiels ... the burning wheel of fire in the sky followed by angels,,,the first UFO sightingBrian - Nuremberg, Germany
The Wheel in the sky keeps on turning, don't know were I'll ne tommorow!!!
My favorite song from Journey
John this is how you spell "favorites"
Mike - Erie, Pa
the passing of time equals the changing of the times. hence, steve perry. still, the song rox my sox. well, one of them, anyways.Sara Mackenzie - Middle Of Nowhere, Fl
The wheel represents the sun (which is moving with time), or the passing of time.Dave - Latham , Ny
I think this is a very good song. One of my favourites from Journey.John - Stephenville Crossing, Canada
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