Jonathan D. Kroeger - Composer


Spinning Wheel

Art Song


Baritone (G3-Eb4) and Piano



Year Composed



Jonathan D. Kroeger

As you spin the spinning wheel,
days whirl by and nights grow long.
Will you know the lover I feel,
or do I waste my yearning song?
As the spinning wheel goes round,
leave the chair at falling light.
In the dark our love will be wound.
Please leave the yarns alone at night!
This spinning wheel won't slow for rest,
like silent pounding in my breast.
Will you spin the love I feel,
or give in to life's spinning wheel?

Composer's Note

Spinning Wheel unfolds as the plea of a narrator to a lover that they know they can never be with.