The Wheel Within the Clay

 

Written by John Stewart

 

ĎThe Wheel Within the Clayí is on ďDeep in the NeonĒ, Homecoming, 1991, and ďBullets in the Hour GlassĒ, Shanachie, 1992.  This is the live version. 

Another really good (what did you expect) and often overlooked song.  Sounds too topical in 2005 to be as old as it is.  I donīt really think they can bend the light, though, not when you look closely.  The wheel within the clay Ė what an image.

 

 

Capo 2nd fret

 

Periodically add D-note on B-string to (Em)-chords

 

(D) (Am) (Em)(D) (Am) (Em)(D) (Am) (Em)(D) (Am) (Em)

(D) You can (Am)spend a (Em)lifetime

(D) Waiting (Am)for the (Em)guru,

(D) Someone (Am)here must (Em)know the way home,

(D) You can make be(Am)lieve that (Em)you do.

 

(C) Dark (D)wings on a (G)cadmium sky,

(C) The priest he (D)feels the (Em)breeze,

(C) But does he (D)know where the (G)wind comes from?

(C) (D)What is up his (Em)sleeve? (D) (Am) (Em)(D) (Am) (Em)

 

(D) Sunday (Am)morning (Em)TV

(D) Is filled with (Am)flags and (Em)God,

(D) The (Am)symbols of the (Em)heartland,

(D) The (Am)lightning and the (Em)rod.

 

(C) Sure, (D)they can take your (G)money,

(C) They can (D)even bend the (Em)light,

(C) Itís whatever (D)makes you (G) feel the words,

(C) It all is gonna (G)be all (D)right. (C) (G/B) (D/A)

 

And (C)oh, (D)oh, (G)oh, (Em)

(C) (D)Canít be worlds a(Em)way,

Itís (C)only (D)where the (G)wind comes (Em)from,

(C) Itís the (D)wheel within the (Em)clay,

(C) The (D)wheel within the (Em)clay.

(D) (Am) (Em)(D) (Am) (Em)

 

(D) You can (Am)spend a (Em)lifetime

(D) (Am)Waiting for the (Em)guru,

(D) Silence (Am)makes you (Em)look inside,

(D) Iíll (Am)bet thatís what (Em)you do.

 

(C) Thereís a (D)clear voice (G)speaking,

(C) And it (D)has a lot to (Em)say,

(C) But itís only (D)where the (G)wind comes from,

(C) Itís the (G)wheel within the (D)clay. (C) (G/B) (D/A)

 

And (C)oh, (D)oh, (G)oh, (Em)

(C) (D)Canít be worlds a(Em)way,

(C) For itís only (D)where the (G)wind comes (Em)from,

(C) Itís the (G)wheel within the (D)clay, (C) (G/B) (D/A)

 

And (C)oh, (D)oh (G)oh, (Em)

It (C)canít be (D)worlds a(Em)way,

(C) For itís only (D)where the (G)wind comes (Em)from,

(C) The (D)wheel within the (Em)clay.

 

(C) It's the (D)wheel within the (Em)clay.

(C) The (D)wheel within the (Em)clay.

 

© John Stewart, All Rights Reserved

 

janhauenstein@gmx.de, Charlie Woodward & Art Faller

 

August 2005