"Circles" as written by Mariah Carey and James Quenton Wright....
Going around in circles again

Pedal to floor, back in the seat, purpose and will versus modern machine
Passing the slow, defeating the weak, all with the tar on the street,
And the weight of my feet the sweat on my face
Wanting first place for than you can understand

Going around in circles again

Photo finish race
Rear view stare chase
Satisfaction only when I finish at the end
If I follow all the rules, promise that I'll win?
Driven so confused that I'm going around in circles again

Going around in circles again

Holding on by a thread
Cut me loose so I can contend
Hoping for something more then second place, first place or more
Where will I be when I get to the end?
Doesn't matter what place I begin, three hundred sixty-one degree's and then

Going around in circles again

Lyrics submitted by Inept Sepulchral

"Circles" as written by Sean Anderson Scott Anderson

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General Comment...this is my first lyric thingy-doo-somethin, i hope it's well done, thanks...
    Inept Sepulchralon July 30, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think this is a case of always wanting to be first. You grow up in a home where you're always seeking approval, but you can never get it. So, when you get older, and get out into the real world, you can't handle anything less. Hence "First place or more, first place or more." Now, think about it. You can only hit first place. There isn't any "more" there's first place, and on down, but that's what ELIAS is seeking. That first place, where he'll finally get that approval. Also, there's this cool intro the band does live, where he says,
    '"In circles, in circles, in circles, in circles, going around in circles, in circles, in circles..."' And, it's really slow, and cool!! 'Cause it's like about 30-40 seconds long, and he sings it in a soft voice, fades to whisper, then soft, then whisper, and then, the boys kick into the beginning! I love it!!
    ELIAS!!!! And K.B., ANDY, & ROBB!!! Yumyumyumyumyumyum...
    MaggieMichelleon August 22, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about the seeming endless ritual of modern existence. 'Pedal to floor, back in the seat'; is taken to mean each day starts off the same; too quickly. It's a pretty heavy song, and it's message is unmistakable. 'Passing the slow, defeating the weak, all with the time on the sheet'; obviously a play on an egotistical person in a low-wage menial job, thinking he or she is the bomb because they have an extra hour or two on the time sheet for the week. 'Purpose and will vs. modern machine'; you can be highly skilled and versatile, yet be stuck as a one-track cog in the corporate or social machine of the nation. You can feel distant even when you're arm's length. As for the second verse, I think that it points to a person with low ambition who creates self-fulfilling prophecies of failure: 'satisfaction only when I finish the end'.
    Finally, the final verse begs the question; 'Does it matter what place I began?' In other words:if I start out poor, lonely, as nothing, can I succeed in this ever-changing and ruthless world?
    This song is very heavy, very in-your face, and mixes the drum and guitar very well with the vocals. In other words; I'm not surprised that of all the 'true' Nonpoint fans posting on the pop songs, only three folks have so far commented on this song.
    PS - Recoil is cannon-fodder. Don't waste your time.
    CINCWorldon August 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is an awesome song. One of their best for sure.

    I think CINCWorld pretty much hit the nail for me, not much more to add.
    merlzon October 29, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song was written for a NASCAR compilation album, was it not?

    It's about a race, guys. It doesn't go a whole lot deeper than that.
    JunoMacGuffon March 26, 2012   Link
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    General CommentYou guys do know this was used in a video game right?
    (EA Sports NASCAR Thunder 2003, a game I owned on the original PlayStation back in the day.)
    mkelley230on May 01, 2013   Link

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