The Big Wheel
by Rush

Album: Roll The Bones (1991)
  • Well, I was only a kid, didn't know enough to be afraid
    Playing the game, but not the way the big boys played
    Nothing to lose, maybe I had something to trade
    The way the big wheel spins

    Well, I was only a kid, on a holy crusade
    I placed no trust in a faith that was ready-made
    Take no chances on paradise delayed
    So I do a slow fade

    Playing for time
    Don't want to wait for heaven
    Looking for love
    For an angel to forgive my sins
    Playing with fire
    Chasing something new to believe in
    Looking for love
    The way the big wheel spins
    The way the big wheel spins

    Well, I was only a kid, cruising around in a trance
    Prisoner of fate, victim of circumstance
    I was lined up for glory, but the tickets sold out in advance
    The way the big wheel spins

    Well, I was only a kid, gone without a backward glance
    Going for broke, going for another chance
    Hoping for heaven, hoping for a fine romance
    If I do the right dance

    Playing for time
    Don't want to wait for heaven
    Looking for love
    For an angel to forgive my sins
    Playing with fire
    Chasing something new to believe in
    Looking for love
    The way the big wheel spins
    The way the big wheel spins

    Wheel goes 'round, landing on a twist of faith
    Taking your chances you'll have the right answers
    When the final judgment begins

    Wheel goes 'round, landing on a leap of fate
    Life redirected in ways unexpected
    Sometimes the odd number wins
    The way the big wheel spins

    Playing for time
    Don't want to wait for heaven
    Looking for love
    For an angel to forgive my sins
    Playing with fire
    Chasing something new to believe in
    Looking for love
    The way the big wheel spins

    Playing for time
    Don't want to wait for heaven
    Looking for love
    The way the big wheel spins
    The way the big wheel spins Writer/s: Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Neil Elwood Peart
    Publisher: OLE MEDIA MANAGEMENT LP
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 2

  • John from Overland Park, KsI have to agree with Joe Public. The bridge had some lyrics that I particularly liked: "Wheel turns round, landing on a leap of fate / Life redirected in ways unexpected / Sometimes the odd number wins." The twisting of the common phrases "leap of faith" and "twist of fate" I thought was particularly imaginative.
  • Joe Public from Anytown, AlThis is just an anthem for life and every young person's simple dreams. This is the way that ordinary people live. "Playing for time / Don't want to wait for heaven / Looking for love / For an angel to forgive my sins / Playing with fire / Chasing something new to believe in / Looking for love / The way the big wheel spins."
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