"Spin the Black Circle" as written by Kevin (keb' Mo') Moore and Anders Osborne....
See this needle
Oh see my hand
Drop, drop, dropping it down
oh so gently
here it comes
touch the flame
Turn me up
won't turn you away

Spin, spin
spin the black circle
Spin, spin
spin the black, spin the black
Spin, spin
spin the black circle
Spin, spin
whoa

Pull it out
a paper sleeve
Oh my joy
only you deserve conceit
Oh I'm so big
and my whole world
I'd rather you
rather you, than her

Spin, spin
spin the black circle
Spin, spin
spin the black, spin the black
Spin, spin
spin the black circle
Spin, spin
whoa

Oh you're so warm
oh, the ritual
as I lay down your crooked arm

Spin, spin
spin the black circle
Spin, spin
spin the black, spin the black
Spin, spin
spin the black circle
Spin, spin

[Repeat: x5]
Spin the black

circle

Spin the black circle
Spin the black circle


Lyrics submitted by Ark, edited by Mellow_Harsher

"Spin the Black Circle" as written by Kevin (keb' Mo') Moore, Anders Osborne

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  • +2
    General CommentThis is an excellent tribute to the vinyl album, and about the good times and escape that can be had just by listening to music. It talks about how his records are always there for him, even when the rest of the world isn't.
    Skaman2on December 11, 2001   Link
  • +1
    General Commentheroin maybe, "see this needle, see my hand" then he talks about laying down your crooked arm as a ritual, as if he were speaking of an addiction, but i can see how maybe it could be vinyl too...
    pcontoson May 25, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthahah heroin my ass
    Jabbatronon September 06, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentblack circle= vinyl
    paper sleeve= vinyl case
    needle= the needle thing they place on the vinyl
    lay down your crooked arm= the bar that the 'needle' is attached to
    id rather you than her= her might be reffering to a cd
    titanhermanton September 02, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoh, its definitely about vinyl. but it was also definitely made to sound like he was talking about heroin, and he did such a good job making the lyrics sound that way that they won a grammy. if you doubt that it is about records, just look at the all the singles off of vitalogy (if you dont know what they look like, go here sonymusic.com/artists/PearlJam/chords/… and click on singles). theyre all pictures of records. so anyway, its a pretty basic song: he loves records so much that its like hes addicted to them. and, hey, interesting fact, all of pearl jams albums come out a week earlier on vinyl than on cd.
    PJ10on May 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgeeze, i forgot to mention the most obvious thing. take a look at the title of the song.
    PJ10on May 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSpin is an interesting one, because when you first hear it you think it may be about drugs because of the first line"See this needle...a see my hand...
    Drop, drop, dropping it down...oh, so gently... ". But once you find out its about vinyl it all makes much more sense.
    fleaaaaaaon April 21, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"he loves records so much that its like hes addicted to them." - I really am terribly addicted to music, but I only have one record, mainly because my record player is a piece of crap.
    fleaaaaaaon April 21, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSTBC is about the bands love for vinyl, the scratchy imprefect sound that only comes from vinyl.
    whityon June 29, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwho cares..i love pearl jam..but this song just sounds like shit.. what are lyris if it just sounds stupid? ..people just sit around going..this is about heroin.. that's so crazy man.. i must like it now.. i've said it once and i'lll say it again.. music is great, i like what i think sounds cool.. if the lyrics are something that i can connect with in some way then that's cool.. but i don't praise music for straight up lyrics because they're mysterious and hard to decode lol.. just listen to what sounds good and stop worrying about the meanings all the time.. some people get too serious with it.. i like to see what people think the songs are about.. i judge music more by sound of it than lyrics.. the sound of a song making you feel a certain way is what it's all about.. i used to be all crazy and into lyrics.. then i started listening to more and more Joe Satriani and Classical music without lyrics and realized why lyrics aren't as important as music itself...anywho, just rambling on now
    RichardLGon April 02, 2005   Link

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