Tumbleweed
Charles the Emperor Lyrics


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Hm hmmm

Someday I’ll find my feet

That day I can be free

For now (Yeah!)

I’ll wait

What can make you stay

I’d rather not play around


Hm hmmm

Ooh oh oh oh ah ooh oh oh

Hm hmmm

(Hm hmm)

Ooh oh oh oh ah ooh oh oh


(Hm hmm)


I’m rotten in my ways

I’m rotting in my grave

Vultures on the way

Ain’t no way to change my fate


Ain’t no way to change my fate

I ain’t gon’ see the light of day


There’s no way I made it safe

I’m still tied up ball and chain



Ain’t no way to change my fate

Ain’t no way to change my fate


Ain’t no way to change my fate


Hm hmmm

Someday I’ll find my feet

That day I can be free

For now (Yeah!)


I’ll wait

What can make you stay

I’d rather not play around


Hm hmmm

Someday I’ll find my feet

That day I can be free





For now

Overall Meaning

Charles the Emperor's song "Tumbleweed" is a song about feeling stuck in life and unable to change one's fate. The song starts with the singer wondering when they will finally find their feet and be able to be free. But for now, they are stuck waiting and hoping for something to make them stay. The singer admits that they are rotten in their ways and that vultures are on the way, indicating that perhaps they have made some bad choices in life that have led them to this point. The repetition of the line "ain't no way to change my fate" drives home the feeling of being trapped and helpless.


The chorus of the song offers a glimmer of hope, with the singer once again expressing a desire to find their feet and be free. But again, for now, they will continue to wait and avoid playing around. The song ends with a repetition of the chorus, emphasizing the theme of feeling stuck while offering a small ray of hope for the future.


Overall, "Tumbleweed" is a lyrically powerful song that tackles the difficult emotions of feeling trapped and powerless. The repetition of the refrain "ain't no way to change my fate" drives home the feeling of hopelessness, while the chorus offers a glimmer of hope for a better future.


Line by Line Meaning

Hm hmmm
Charles is humming to himself, possibly as a way to cope with his situation.


Someday I’ll find my feet
Charles hopes to gain a sense of direction and purpose in his life.


That day I can be free
He believes that finding his footing will ultimately lead to freedom.


For now (Yeah!)
However, for the time being, he's stuck in his current predicament.


I’ll wait
He's not giving up hope, but rather biding his time.


What can make you stay
Charles wonders what he can do to hold onto the things he values.


I’d rather not play around
He doesn't want to waste time on meaningless activities and distractions.


Ooh oh oh oh ah ooh oh oh
Charles continues to hum, expressing his emotions through the melody.


I’m rotten in my ways
Charles is aware that he has adopted some negative habits and behaviors.


I’m rotting in my grave
He feels like he's already dead and buried, both physically and metaphorically.


Vultures on the way
Charles feels like his death or downfall is imminent.


Ain’t no way to change my fate
He believes that his destiny is predetermined and unchangeable.


I ain’t gon’ see the light of day
He doesn't have a positive outlook on his future, assuming he won't rise again.


There’s no way I made it safe
He reflects on the past and realizes that his decisions have put him in a dangerous position.


I’m still tied up ball and chain
He's still stuck in his current situation, unable to break free.




Lyrics © O/B/O APRA AMCOS
Written by: Charles the Emperor

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