Dan Seals – Big Wheels In The Moonlight

It was released in September 1988 as the second single from Seals' album Rage On. It peaked at number one, his ninth to do so. The song was written by Seals and Bob McDill.

Cover LP Dan Seals Capitol 1988
Cover LP Dan Seals Capitol 1988

“Big Wheels in the Moonlight” is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Dan Seals. It was released in September 1988 as the second single from Seals’ album Rage On. It peaked at number one, his ninth to do so. The song was written by Seals and Bob McDill.

The song—one of many in country music to pay salute to the American truck driver—is about a young man’s childhood memories of watching semitrailer trucks travel along a nearby highway, listening at night to the roar of the trucks’ diesel engines in the distance and dreaming one day of being a truck driver. The dream never comes to pass, as he begins a family and is working at other jobs, but still finds peace in envisioning the trucks in his mind, the trucks illuminated only by their lights and the moonlight of a clear evening.

From the album Rage On
B-side “Factory Town”
Released September 1988
Genre Country
Length 3:54
Label Capitol
Songwriter(s) Bob McDill Dan Seals
Producer(s) Kyle Lehning



Dan Seals – Big Wheels In The Moonlight Lyrics

I came from a town that was so small
You look both ways, you could see it all
All I wanted was some way out
Every evening I’d slip into town

And stand around by the caution light
And watch the big trucks rolling by
For me it was a beautiful sight
Big wheels in the moonlight

I had a case of wanderlust
I’d lie awake with the windows up
Out on Highway Fifty Nine
I could hear some big old diesel whine

She was going through all the gears
And headed out to who knows where
I fell asleep ‘most every night
Dreaming about big wheels in the moonlight

And I want to put my life on the centerline
And I want to see the world before I die
And I know that there’s a peace I’ll never find
‘Cause those big old wheels keep rolling through my mind

How I got here, it’s hard to say
So many things got in my way
Can’t complain about all I’ve got
Kids and a wife and a regular job

But at night when I’m sitting here
All alone in a living room chair
Sometimes I close my eyes
And see big wheels in the moonlight

And I want to put my life on the centerline
And I want to see the world before I die
And I know that there’s a peace I’ll never find
‘Cause those big old wheels keep rolling through my mind

And I want to put my life on the centerline
And I want to see the world before I die
And I know that there’s a peace I’ll never find
‘Cause those big old wheels keep rolling through my mind

‘Cause those big old wheels keep rolling through my mind

Single Dan Seals Capitol 1988
Single Dan Seals Capitol 1988


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