People say I’m crazy doing what I’m doing
Well they give me all kinds of warnings to save me from ruin
When I say that I’m o.k. well they look at me kind of strange
Surely you’re not happy now you no longer play the game
Like most songs from the Beatles et. al., this one was part of the background music of my childhood, the songs I never paid any attention to. Last weekend at church we watched a video by Fr. Robert Barron who was addressing the idea of keeping Jesus at the center of your life, and how that brings peace and order to the rest of your life. He talked about the medieval “wheel of fortune,” and then quoted Lennon’s song.
I’m just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round,
I really love to watch them roll,
No longer riding on the merry-go-round,
I just had to let it go
By 1980 when this song was released, Lennon had backed away from the rat race of fame and success. He was much happier that way, at least in the song.
I was intrigued by the lyrics and looked up the song just now. I was blown away. It stabbed me in the heart…with hope.
Now this is something I can aspire to. “I just had to let it go.”