Silver Wheels Song Lyrics

Bruce Cockburn

Bruce Cockburn In the Falling Dark cover art
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High speed drift on a prairie road
Hot tires sing like a string being bowed
Sudden town rears up then explodes
Fragments resolve into white line code
Whirl on silver wheels

Black earth energy receptor fields
Undulate under a grey cloud shield
We outrun a river colour brick red mud
That cleaves apart hills soil rich as blood

Highway squeeze in construction steam
Stop caution hard hat yellow insect machines
Silver steel towers stalk rolling land
Toward distant stacks that shout "Feed on demand"

100 miles later the sky has changed
Urban anticipation -- we get 4 lanes
Red orange furnace sphere notches down
Throws up silhouette skyline in brown

Sundogs flare on windshield glass
Sudden swoop skyward iron horse overpass
Pass a man walking like the man in the moon
Walking like his head's full of irish fiddle tunes

The skin around every city looks the same
Miles of flat neon spelling well-known names
USED TRUCKS DIRTY DONUTS YOU YOU'RE THE ONE
Fat wheeled cars squeal into the sun

Radio speakers gargle top 40 trash
Muzak soundtrack to slow collapse
Planet engines pulsate in sidereal time
If you listen close you can hear the whine

Track Listing


12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Lord of the Starfields
  • 2 Vagabondage
  • 3 In the Falling Dark
  • 4 Little Seahorse
  • 5 Water Into Wine
  • 6 Silver Wheels
  • 7 Giftbearer
  • 8 Gavin's Woodpile
  • 9 I'm Gonna Fly Someday
  • 10 Festival of Friends


  • credits


    publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
    writers: Bruce Cockburn
    album: Track 6 in album In the Falling Dark
    release date: 1976
    popularity : 82 users have visited this page.
    genres: Rock Pop Folk, World, & Country
    styles: Folk Rock
    length: 4:45
    producer: Gene Martynec
    drums: Bob DiSalle
    vocal: Bruce Cockburn
    engineer: Dr. Ken Friesen
    bass: Michel Donato
    guitar: Bruce Cockburn
    percussion: Bill Usher
    flugelhorn: Fred Stone
    composer: Bruce Cockburn
    lyricist: Bruce Cockburn

    Album Information

    label: True North Records
    country(area): Canada
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin