This rumination on the state of the planet is a track from English crossover jazz singer-songwriter Jamie Cullum's fourth studio album, The Pursuit.
Cullum told the story of the song in publicity materials: "I was driving along one day in January when the Credit Crunch was just starting to bite and the weather was terrible. This line came to me: 'The wheels are falling off the world.' I wrote it down and didn't really do anything with it. Then a friend brought his four-year-old over to mine and he was showing me an exercise they teach you when you first learn to play piano – rolling your knuckles over the black notes. Suddenly it all connected in my head. This song uses the same notes and construction that that four-year-old showed me! It's about the clarity you get when you're drunk and out on the town. It's about trying to get that back when you're sober."
The Isley Brother's song, "Contagious," peaked at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100. This meant that the band of brothers became the first group to score a Top 50 hit in six consecutive decades on the chart.