Nothin' But The Wheel

Album: Only What I Feel (1993)
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Songfacts®:

  • Nashville songwriter John Scott Sherrill wrote this. Says Sherrill: "That's one of my favorite records ever. For some reason these really personal songs end up getting cut, and that was another one of them for me. That very girl, the Wild And Blue girl, she finally said it was over. I was just driving all night long, just like it says in the song, and actually started writing it in the middle of that drive. I didn't finish it or anything, but the idea: there I was holding on to nothing but the steering wheel. I got the brief kind of glimmer into the song right there. I really was driving away. I didn't know where I was going and I didn't care. I just knew I had to get out of town. I ended up at a little state park called Montgomery Bell State Park, and I just sort of slept in my car down there."
  • Peter Wolf recorded this with Mick Jagger singing the harmony parts. Their version appears on Wolf's 2002 album Sleepless.

Comments: 3

  • Mark from Byrdstown, TnCheck out a song by Patty called "You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive" written by Darrell Scott.It is the best thing she has ever done.Its one of the best songs Ive ever heard anyone do.
  • Keith from Humble, TxTHIS IS A GREAT SONG. I DON;T THISN PATTY HAS EVER DONE A BAD SONG. SHE AND EMORY HAVE THE BEST TEAM OUT THERE. THEIR MUSIC IS THE MUSIC I WOULD HAVE TO HAVE IF I WERE STRANDED ON A DESERT ISLAND.
    THANKS FOR MAKING LIVING WORTH WHILE
    KEITH LOGAN
  • Travis from Colorado Springs, CoAwesome lyerics and extemely well done in presentation by Peter Wolf. Had not heard anything by him lately (solf fuzzy sweaters!) and this )me away. Am in Nashville tonight and lots of music happening here...nice to know some connection to this town. I heard it first at the end of the movie "The Ice Harvest". Very appro.. for movie and the way I feel. Merry Christmas !!!!!!! ^_^
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