Words & Music:

Don McLean


Someone offered to help me fix these lyrics.  But, I listened to them again against the original album version (you know, the one with the bells & whistles & horns) and they match up with that one.  Are there other lyric versions out there?




I feel like a spinning top or a dreidel.

The spinning don't stop when you leave the cradle; you just slow down.

'Round & 'round this world you go.

Spinning through the lives of the people you know; we all slow down.

A7                      G                   E

How you gonna keep from turning from day to day?

A7                      G                  B7

How you gonna keep from turning your life away?

C               G       C               Am   C             G             B7

No days you can borrow, no time you can buy, no trust in tomorrow, it's a lie.




BRIDGE 1:  [half-time]


And I feel like I'm a-dippin' and a-divin'.  My sky shoes are spiked with lead heels.

I'm lost in this star car I'm a-drivin'; but my air sole keeps pushing big wheels.

   C                      Am         C                     Bm

My world is a constant confusion, my mind is prepared to attack.

   C                    D           G            D            Am

My past, a persuasive illusion, I'm watching the future; it's black.


BRIDGE 2:  [a tempo]

[n.c.]           Am [2 chop chords]   [n.c.]

What do you know?                     You know just what you perceive.

What can you show?                    Nothing of what you believe.

And as you grow;                      each thread of life that you leave


BRIDGE 3: [half-time, accelerando through the lines]

[n.c.]      E          A           E7(no 3)   A

Will spin around your deeds and dictate your needs.

As you sell your soul & you sow your seeds.

And you wound yourself & your loved one bleeds.

And your habits grow & your conscience feeds.

On all that you thought you could be,

        E                  A         E

I never thought this could happen to me...





I feel like a spinning top or a dreidel.

The spinning and don't stop when you leave the cradle; you just slow down.

You just slow down.  You just... slow... down...


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