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Lyrics:The Wheel And The Maypole

by XTC

Album version:

   I've got the plough
   If you've got the furrow
   I've got the rabbit
   If you've his burrow home
   I've got the pen
   If you've got the paper
   Time is but clay and I'll see
   You and the wheel turn
   You and the wheel turn
   And if the pot won't hold our love
   If the pot won't hold our love
   If the pot won't hold our love
   Then we'll dash it to the ground
   And if the pot won't hold our love
   If the pot won't hold our love
   If the pot won't hold our love
   We'll build one bigger all around
   Goes the wheel

   I've got the seed
   If you've got the valley
   I've got the big stick
   If you've Aunt Sally's head
   I've got the time
   If you've got the motion
   Time is but clay and I'll see
   You and the wheel turn
   You and the wheel turn
   And if the pot won't hold our love
   If the pot won't hold our love
   If the pot won't hold our love
   Then we'll dash it to the ground
   And if the pot won't hold our love
   If the pot won't hold our love
   If the pot won't hold our love
   We'll build one bigger all around
   Goes the wheel 	

   Maypole, maypole, maypole
   You've spun me round
   And knocked me off my axis mundi
   Maypole, maypole, maypole
   The ties that bind you will unwind
   To free me one day
   And everything decays

   Everything decays
   Forest tumbles down to make the soil
   Planets fall apart
   Just to feed the stars
   and stuff their larders
   And what made me think we're any better
   And what made me think we'd last forever
   Was I so naive?
   Of course it all unweaves

   Maypole, maypole, maypole
   You've spun me round
   And knocked me off my axis mundi
   Maypole, maypole, maypole
   The ties that bind you will unwind
   To free me one day
   And everything decays
   Pyramids and palaces to dust
   Empires crumble in
   Wedding cake begins to must and moulder
   And what made me think we're any better
   And what made me think we'd last forever
   Was I so naive?
   Failing to perceive
   Maypole, round goes the wheel
   Maypole, round goes the wheel
   Maypole, the ties that bind
   You will unwind to free me one day
       Round goes the wheel
       If the pot won't hold our love
   Maypole


Demo version:

   I've got the plow if you've got the furrow
   I've got the rabbit if you've his burrow home
   I've got the pen if you've got the paper
   Time is but clay I'll see you and the wheel turn
   You and the wheel turn

   And if the pot won't hold our love
   If the pot won't hold our love
   If the pot won't hold our love
   Then we'll dash it to the ground
   And if the pot won't hold our love
   If the pot won't hold our love
   If the pot won't hold our love
   We'll build one bigger all around
   goes the wheel

   I've got the seed if you've got the valley
   I've got the big stick if you've Aunt Sally's head
   I've got the time if you've got the motion
   Time is but clay I'll see you and the wheel turn
   You and the wheel turn

   And if the pot won't hold our love
   If the pot won't hold our love
   If the pot won't hold our love
   Then we'll dash it to the ground
   And if the pot won't hold our love
   If the pot won't hold our love
   If the pot won't hold our love
   We'll build one bigger all around
   goes the wheel

   Maypole
   Maypole
   Maypole, you've spun me round and knocked me off my axis Monday
   Maypole
   Maypole
   Maypole, the ties that bind you will unwind to free me one day
   and everything decays

   Yes, everything decays
   Forest tumbles down to make the soil
   Planets fall apart
   Just to feed the stars and stuff their ours

   And what made me think we're any better
   and what made me think we'd last forever
   was I so naive?
   of course it all unweaves

   Maypole
   Maypole
   Maypole, you've spun me round and knocked me off my axis Monday
   Maypole
   Maypole
   Maypole, the ties that bind you will unwind to free me one day
   and everything decays

   Pyramids and palaces to dust
   Empires crumbling
   Wedding cake begins to must and molder

   And what made me think we're any better
   and what made me think we'd last forever
   was I so naive?
   failing to perceive

   Maypole (round goes the wheel)
   Maypole (round goes the wheel)
   Maypole (the ties that bind you will unwind to free me one day)
   Maypole (if the pot won't hold our love)
   etc.

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