"Wheels" was released four months after singer John Lennon's murder in December 1980, the third and final single from Lennon and Ono's album Double Fantasy. In the song he addresses all those people who were confounded by his 'house-husband' years, 1975-1980, during which he retired from the music industry to concentrate on raising his son, Sean. In the 70's it was commonplace for an artist to release an album every single year, extended spells away from the spotlight were considered unusual.
John recalled "I hadn't stopped from '62 till '73 – on demand, on schedule, continuously. And walking away was hard. What it seemed like to me was, This must be what guys go through at sixty-five when suddenly they're not supposed to exist any more and they are sent out of the office. I thought, Well, oughtn't I? Shouldn't I?"
The song began life as a demo titled "Emotional Wreck" which was recorded in 1977, and featured both the main piano riff and the opening lines, and after a few dozen revisions, "Wheels" eventually emerged. The song features a unique instrument called a hammered dulcimer, which accompanies the lead piano.
There is no guitar present in this song.
This song is a part of C3X.
05/14/19- v1. uploaded.