Bob Dylan / Rick Danko – This Wheel’s On Fire – Maggies Farmers

 

It was a long wait made slightly easier by the appearance of what
was called The Basement Tapes sometime during the winter.  My
first copy was on reel-to-reel tape, and getting one was a
clandestine operation, almost like buying dope.  I was visiting
someone in Philly who knew someone who had one, and I took a
lonesome trolley car out to some neighborhood I'd never been in
at night, and was kept outside waiting. It was like Big Pink but
different, like John Wesley Harding, but different.  Many of the
songs were mournful and spooky and others like "Million Dollar
Bash" were hysterical.  "Wheels On Fire" unlike the Big Pink
version was slow and scary as any Robert Johnson song.

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LYRICS

If your memory serves you well
We were gonna meet again and wait
So I’m goin’ to unpack all my things
And sit before it gets too late
No man alive will come to you
With another tale to tell
But you know that we shall meet again
If your memory serves you well
This wheel’s on fire
Rolling down the road
Best notify my next of kin
This wheel shall explode
If your memory serves you well
I was gonna confiscate your lace
And wrap it up in a sailor’s knot
And hide it in your case
If I knew for sure that it was yours
But it was oh so hard to tell
And you know that we shall meet again
If your memory serves you well
This wheel’s on fire
Rolling down the road
Best notify my next of kin
This wheel shall explode
If your memory serves you well
You’ll remember that you’re the one
That called on me to call on them
To give you your favors done
And after every plan had failed
And there was nothing more to tell
You knew that we would meet again
If your memory served you well
This wheel’s on fire
Rolling down the road
Best notify my next of kin
This wheel shall explode
If your memory serves you well
If your memory serves you well

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1 Comment

  1. What is this?
    The photo is of Dylan & Richard Manuel, not Rick Danko.
    Unaccredited source for the “quote”.

    No mention of Danko…
    Why bother with any of this?

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