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"Watching the Wheels"
Single by John Lennon
from the album Double Fantasy
Released 1981
Format 7", Cassette
Recorded 1980
Genre Rock
Length 3.30
Label Geffen Records
Writer(s) John Lennon
Producer John Lennon, Yoko Ono & Jack Douglas
John Lennon singles chronology
"Woman" (1981) "Watching the Wheels" (1981) "Love" (from the 1970 album John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band) (1982)

"Watching the Wheels" is a 1981 single by John Lennon, released posthumously after his assassination the year before. It was the third and final single released from Lennon and Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy album, and reached #10 in the U.S and #30 in the UK.

"Watching the Wheels" concerns Lennon's dismissal of those who were confounded by his "househusband" years, 1975-1980. During this period, he stayed away from the music industry and raised his son Sean with Yoko. The song's second verse seems to contain an allusion to Plato's "Allegory of the cave".

The song features a hammered dulcimer accompanying the lead piano.[1]

The B-side features Yoko's "Yes, I'm Your Angel."

The photograph on the cover was taken by Paul Goresh, a fan of John Lennon. Goresh also took the infamous photo of Lennon signing a copy of Double Fantasy for his assassin. Both photos were taken at the same place, in front of the Dakota building, and were the site of his 1980 shooting.

The acoustic demo of "Watching the Wheels" is featured in the ending credits to the 2009 film Funny People starring Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen.

Cover versions

The song was covered by Gwen Guthrie in 1992.

The song was covered by Matisyahu for the 2007 benefit album Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur.

The song was covered by Charly Garcia under the name "Mirando las ruedas" for his 2007 album Kill Gil.


  1. ^ Double Fantasy liner notes

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