Chained to the Wheel Lyrics

John Denver


publisher: ©O/B/O APRA AMCOS
writers: Joseph Vincent Camilleri, Nicholas Anthony Smith
album: Track 4 in album Different Directions
release date: 1991-9
popularity : 6 users have visited this page.
genres: Pop
styles: Vocal
length: 4:28
writer: Joe Camilleri, Nick Smith

Cover Art

John Denver Different Directions cover art
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This song appears on three albums, and was first released on the different directions album, and has also been released on the gift you are and the john denver collection - annie’s song albums.


Know what you really need
You can’t get enough
Too many mouths to feed
Ain’t life enough
Call this survival
Don’t pray for a sign

Know what you really want
You can’t get it back
Down on the water front
Better watch out jack
Nights on the mainline
Rust on the rail

I’ve seen ’em swindle this town
I’ve seen ’em tumble it down
I’ve seen red rivers, fire and steel
I’ve felt the thunder chained to the wheel

Know what you mean to me
Goes deeper than that
Can’t fight your destiny
Don’t know where it’s at
Don’t look for light’n
Or pray for a sign

I’ve heard the legends
I’ve watched the skies
I feel the power
The flame in your eyes

I’ve seen ’em swindle this town
I’ve seen ’em tumble it down
I’ve seen red rivers, fire and steel
I’ve felt the thunder chained to the wheel

Words by nick smith and music by joe camilleri


Track Listing

  • 1 Potter's Wheel
  • 2 Ponies
  • 3 The Foxfire Suite
  • 4 Chained to the Wheel
  • 5 Two Different Directions
  • 6 Hold on to Me
  • 7 The Chosen Ones
  • 8 Amazon (Let This Be a Voice)
  • 9 Tenderly Calling