Watching The Wheels chords & lyrics

by John Lennon

  • Watching The Wheels was written by John Lennon.
  • Recorded: 1980
  • Released: March 13, 1981 in the US, and March 27, 1981 in the UK.
  • Album: Double Fantasy.
  • Music: Key of C Major in 4/4 time at 84 bpm (♩)
  • Chords: C, F, G, G/F, Dm, Dm7, Dm7/C, Am, Am/G, D7/F#, Fm, Ab

Watching The Wheels by John Lennon

Intro: 4/4  
   |    C   |    F    |    C   |    F   | 

 C                         F                   C    
1. People say I'm cra-zy___    Do-in' what I'm do-in'
               C                             F                  C    
   Well, they give me all kinds of warn-ings___ To save me from ru-in
    F              Dm                    G   
   When I say that I'm o-kay, well they look at me kind-a strange
    F                 Dm                  G
   Sure-ly you're not hap-py now, you no lon-ger play the game

 C                     F                C    
2. People say I'm lazy___ Dream-ing my life a-way
               C                           F            C    
   Well, they give me all kinds of ad-vice___ de-signed to en-ligh-ten me
           F                 Dm                     G   
   When I tell them that I'm do-ing fine watch-ing sha-dows on the wall
  F                   Dm                        G
   Don't you miss the big time, boy. You're no lon-ger on the ball

       F          G                            C                  Dm     F
Chorus: I'm just sit-ting here watch-ing the wheels go round and round
                   Am                Dm7    Dm7/C
        I real-ly love to watch them roll
       G           G/F            Am        Am/G  | D7/F#  |
        No lon-ger ri-ding on the mer-ry-go-round
       F       Fm             |  C   |  F  |  C  |  F  | 
        I just had to let it go

    C                             F              C    
3. Ahhh, people ask me quest-ions___ Lost in con-fu-sion
            C                            F           C    
   Well, I tell them there's no prob-lem___ only sol-u-tions
               F                          Dm            G   
   Well they shake their heads and they looked at me as if I've lost my mind
       F                  Dm                G
   I told them there's no hur-ry, I'm just sit-ting here do-ing time

       F          G                            C                  Dm     F
Chorus: I'm just sit-ting here watch-ing the wheels go round and round
                   Am                Dm7    Dm7/C
        I real-ly love to watch them roll
       G           G/F            Am        Am/G  | D7/F#  |
        No lon-ger ri-ding on the mer-ry-go-round
       F       Fm              C  -  D7/F# 
        I just had to let it go
       F       Fm            C  -  D7/F#  
        I just had to let it go                   (hold)
       F       Ab             |24 C     |44  C      |
        I just had to___ let it   go...         (adlib)   

C Major

Red numbers: Finger positions/notes played
A column of 1's: Barre 1st finger over marked strings
Unmarked strings: Play open 
x: Don't play string
T: Thumb

Right-Handed Guitarist
           C                  F                 Dm                 G
    e|---|---|---|     e|-1-|---|---|     e|-1-|---|---|     e|---|---|-4-|
    B|-1-|---|---|     B|-1-|---|---|     B|---|---|-3-|     B|---|---|---|
    G|---|---|---|     G|-1-|-2-|---|     G|---|-2-|---|     G|---|---|---|
    D|---|-3-|---|     D|-1-|---|-4-|     D|---|---|---|     D|---|---|---|
    A|---|---|-4-|     A|-1-|---|-3-|     A|---|---|---|x    A|---|-2-|---|
    E|---|---|---|x    E|-1-|---|---|     E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|-3-|
Frets  1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3

          Am                 Fm                 Dm7                G/F
    e|---|---|---|     e|-1-|---|---|     e|-1-|---|---|     e|---|---|-4-|
    B|-1-|---|---|     B|-1-|---|---|     B|-1-|---|---|     B|---|---|---|
    G|---|-3-|---|     G|-1-|---|---|     G|---|-2-|---|     G|---|---|---|
    D|---|-2-|---|     D|-1-|---|-4-|     D|---|---|---|     D|---|---|---|
    A|---|---|---|     A|-1-|---|-3-|     A|---|---|---|x    A|---|-2-|---|
    E|---|---|---|x    E|-1-|---|---|     E|---|---|---|x    E|-1-|---|---|
Frets  1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3 

         Am/G               D7/F#              Dm7/C               Ab
    e|---|---|---|     e|---|-3-|---|     e|-1-|---|---|     e|-1-|---|---|
    B|-1-|---|---|     B|-1-|---|---|     B|-1-|---|---|     B|-1-|---|---|
    G|---|-3-|---|     G|---|-2-|---|     G|---|-2-|---|     G|-1-|-2-|---|
    D|---|-2-|---|     D|---|---|---|     D|---|---|---|     D|-1-|---|-4-|
    A|---|---|---|     A|---|---|---|     A|---|---|-3-|     A|-1-|---|-3-|
    E|---|---|-4-|     E|---|-T-|---|     E|---|---|---|x    E|-1-|---|---|
Frets  1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3          4   5   6 



Left-Handed Guitarist 
          C                  F                 Dm                  G
    |---|---|---|e     |---|---|-1-|e     |---|---|-1-|e     |-4-|---|---|e
    |---|---|-1-|B     |---|---|-1-|B     |-3-|---|---|B     |---|---|---|B
    |---|---|---|G     |---|-2-|-1-|G     |---|-2-|---|G     |---|---|---|G
    |---|-2-|---|D     |-4-|---|-1-|D     |---|---|---|D     |---|---|---|D
    |-3-|---|---|A     |-3-|---|-1-|A    x|---|---|---|A     |---|-2-|---|A
   x|---|---|---|E     |---|---|-1-|E    x|---|---|---|E     |-3-|---|---|E
      3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1
      
         Am                 Fm                 Dm7                G/F
    |---|---|---|e     |---|---|-1-|e     |---|---|-1-|e     |-4-|---|---|e
    |---|---|-1-|B     |---|---|-1-|B     |---|---|-1-|B     |---|---|---|B
    |---|-3-|---|G     |---|---|-1-|G     |---|-2-|---|G     |---|---|---|G
    |---|-2-|---|D     |-4-|---|-1-|D     |---|---|---|D     |---|---|---|D
    |---|---|---|A     |-3-|---|-1-|A    x|---|---|---|A     |---|-2-|---|A
   x|---|---|---|E     |---|---|-1-|E    x|---|---|---|E     |---|---|-1-|E
      3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1  Frets
      
        Am/G               D7/F#              Dm7/C               Ab
    |---|---|---|e     |---|-3-|---|e     |---|---|-1-|e     |---|---|-1-|e
    |---|---|-1-|B     |---|---|-1-|B     |---|---|-1-|B     |---|---|-1-|B
    |---|-3-|---|G     |---|-2-|---|G     |---|-2-|---|G     |---|-2-|-1-|G
    |---|-2-|---|D     |---|---|---|D     |---|---|---|D     |-4-|---|-1-|D
    |---|---|---|A     |---|---|---|A     |-3-|---|---|A     |-3-|---|-1-|A
    |-4-|---|---|E     |---|-T-|---|E    x|---|---|---|E     |---|---|-1-|E
      3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1          6   5   4  Frets
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