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I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday

Album This song officially appears on the My Brave Face CD Single.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1989
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

I’m Gonna to Be a Wheel Someday” is a popular song written by Roy Hayes, Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew. The song was first recorded by Bobby Mitchell & The Toppers in 1957 and released in the same year. It was later covered by Fats Domino, Sandy Nelson, Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders, Boots Randolph, Defenders, Asleep at the Wheel, Orion and Herbie Hancock with George Porter, Jr., Zigaboo Modeliste, Sheryl Crow, Paul McCartney and Renard Poché.

Paul McCartney recorded “I’m Gonna to Be a Wheel Someday” in 1987 for his Choba B CCCP album. From the liner notes of this album:

I’m Gonna Be A Wheel Someday/Ain’t That A Shame/I’m In Love Again

It’s interesting to note that through their individual styles couldn’t be more diverse, when recording their innumerable hits at Cosmo Studios in New Orleans, both Little Richard and Fats Domino employed the very same band of musicians.

The living embodiment of the Crescent City’s rich cultural heritage, Fats Domino has been scoring million-selling hits worldwide since 1949, to the extent that he has amassed more gold record awards than any artist other than Elvis and The Beatles.

There is a timeless consistency common to Domino’s repertoire that attracts successive generations and, without question, Paul McCartney’s understanding of the Fat Man’s special qualities, rendering him the most genuinely skillful of the Big Man’s life-affirming music.

Be it the way he eases comfortably into the brisk characteristic 2/4 New Orleans beat of the confidence-boosting I’m Gonna Be A Wheel Someday, handles the singalong rolling blues Ain’t That A Shame or knowingly defuses the pent-up frustration of I’m In Love Again with one of the greatest of all catch phrases, “Oowee, baby, oowee”, McCartney is in his element.

In Western countries where Choba B CCCP was only released in 1991, “I’m Gonna to Be a Wheel Someday” was first released in 1989 on the My Brave Face CD single.

Last updated on September 4, 2016

Lyrics

Well, I'm gonna be a wheel someday
I'm gonna be somebody
I'm gonna be a real gone cat
Then I won't want you.

Ev'rything gonna roll my way
I won't need nobody
I'm gonna be a real gone cat
Then I won't want you.

You cry and you sigh,
Girl, you wonder why
I don't look at you when
You walk on by.

I'm gonna be a wheel someday
I'm gonna be somebody
I'm gonna be a real gone cat
Then I won't want you.

Oh, you wonder why
I don't look at you
When I go walkin'.

Well, I'm gonna be a wheel someday
I'm gonna be somebody
I'm gonna be a real gone cat
Then I won't want you.

Yeah, I'm gonna be a wheel someday
I'm gonna be somebody
I'm gonna be a real gone cat
Then I won't want you.

Ev'rything gonna roll my way,
I won't need nobody
I'm gonna be a real gone cat
Then I won't want you.

You cry and you sigh
You wonder why
I don't look at you
When I walk on by.

I'm gonna be a wheel someday
I'm gonna be somebody
I'm gonna be a real gone cat
Then I won't want you.

Well, you cry and you sigh,
Girl, you wonder why
I won't look at you when
I go walkin' by.

Yeah, I'm gonna be a wheel someday
I'm gonna be somebody
I'm gonna be a real gone cat
Then I won't want you.

I'm gonna be a wheel someday

I'm gonna be a wheel
I'm gonna be somebody
I'm gonna be a real gone cat
Then I won't want you.

Oh, I'm gonna be a wheel someday
I'm gonna be somebody
I'm gonna be a real gone cat

Then I won't want you,
Then I won't want you,
Then I won't want you,
Then I won't want you,

I'm gonna be a wheel someday
And I won't want you
Babe, I won't want you.

Officially appears on


My Brave Face

CD Single • Released in 1989

4:12 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Producer, Vocal
Mick Green:
Guitar
Chris Whitten:
Drums
Mick Gallagher:
Piano
Peter Henderson:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Jul 20, 1987
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
Jul 22, 1987
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


Choba B CCCP

Official album • Released in 1991

4:14 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Producer, Vocal
Mick Green:
Guitar
Chris Whitten:
Drums
Mick Gallagher:
Piano
Peter Henderson:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Jul 20, 1987
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
Jul 22, 1987
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Bootlegs


It's Now Or Never (The Complete Russian Sessions)

Unofficial album • Released in 1990

4:15 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Producer, Vocal
Mick Green:
Guitar
Chris Whitten:
Drums
Mick Gallagher:
Piano
Peter Henderson:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Jul 20, 1987
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
Jul 22, 1987
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


Lympne Castle Sessions

Unofficial album • Released in 2004

1:48 • Studio rehearsal

Recording:
May 1979
Studio:
Lympne Castle


UK Singles Collection - Volume 04

Unofficial album • Released in 2007

4:15 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Producer, Vocal
Mick Green:
Guitar
Chris Whitten:
Drums
Mick Gallagher:
Piano
Peter Henderson:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Jul 20, 1987
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
Jul 22, 1987
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


Let'Em Out Vol. 3 - Outtakes & Upgrades

Unofficial album • Released in 2010

Alternate takeA2 • Part of 2nd "Choba B CCCP" medley used for promotional purposes.

Session Recording:
Jul 20, 1987
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
Aug 20, 1987


Sings The Great Rock & Roll Hits - ROOTS

Unofficial album • Released in 2010

4:15 • Soundcheck


Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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