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"The Wheel and the Maypole" is a song by Andy Partridge. It appeared on the 2002 album Wasp Star (Apple Venus Volume 2). It is composed of two seperate song ideas, "The Pot Won't Hold Our Love" and "Everything Decays," put together.

The demo, as well as the two song ideas, appeared on the Wasp Star companion demo album, Homegrown.

An instrumental version appeared on the Wasp Star instrumental album, Waspstrumental.

QuotesEdit

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 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

Yes, 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

Yes, everything decays


Pyramids and palaces to dust

Empires crumble in

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)

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