"A Line Allows Progress, a Circle Does Not" as written by and Oberst....
Sitting around, no work today.
Try pacing to keep awake.
Laying around, no school today.
Just drink until the clock has circled all the way.

It's late afternoon, as you walk through the rooms
Of a house that is quiet
Except for unanswered telephones.
You stand near the sink,
You mix up a drink.
You think you don't want to pass out
Where your roommates could find you again.
Stumble 'round the neighboorhod, nothing to do.
You're always looking for something
To sniff smoke or swallow.
Calling over next door, see what they've got.
But you would settle for anything
That would make your brain slow down or
Stop this circle of thoughts you chase
Before they catch back up with you.
And your parents notice your thinning face,
All the weight you've lost,
All the weight you're losing.
You said "I'm done feeling like a skeleton,
No more sleep walking dead."
You're going to wake from this coma.
You're going to crawl from this bed you've made.
Stop counting on the camera
That hangs around your neck,
Cause it will never remember what you choose to forget.

And you try to find one source of light,
Try to name one thing you like.
You used to have such a longer list,
And light, you never had to look for it.

But now it's so easy, it's so easy to
It's so easy, it's so easy to
Second guess everything you do
Until all you want, all you want is to
Finish this half empty glass
Before the ice all melts away.
This feeling always used to pass,
Seems like it's every day
Seems like it's every night now.


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  • +1
    General Commentthis song is really depressing. it seems to be about drug addiction of a friend who trys as he might can seem to free himself and sober up
    rbfboy212on January 25, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song hits and it hits hard. very strong. Is it my imagination or is everything this kid does genius? I swear, he's brilliant.
    BlackEyedAngelson March 26, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentconor is brilliant, and so is the title of this song in relation to our lives (metaphorically speaking)
    PLANESon May 27, 2002   Link
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    General Commentif any song ever could bring you down, this would be it. It shows the urgent hopelessness that so many kids can feel.
    BlackLungFeveron June 15, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIncredibly meaningful lyrics.
    ladyinexileon July 10, 2002   Link
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    General Commentconor must have read catcher in the rye and maybe got a lot out of the section where holden's sister asked him to name one thing he likes. and he couldn't name a thing. It's very good book with a character that you'd expect to be simple until something very profound comes out of his mouth.
    Rachelevatoron July 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAm I the only one who thinks a lot of the music is amphigory? As in, Shakespere?

    Good yes, one of my favorite artists, but the fact remains....
    Tchotchkeon July 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this part of the song because its saying how his depression used to be every once and a while and and now it doesnt ever go away and how its making everything different.

    *as you try to find some source of light
    try to name one thing you like
    you used to have such a longer list
    and light you never had to look for it
    but now it's so easy to second guess everything you do
    until all you want is to finish this half empty glass
    before the ice melts away
    this feeling used to pass
    but seems like it's every day and every night now*

    Amazing song
    redmarkeron August 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so amazing. =)
    .paradox.on August 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt is amazing, I cannot get enough of his music. he is an absolute genius. These songs are so deep, but understandable. I can relate to most of them in many ways. Just like most people, or most people I know.
    shortgirl_05on August 23, 2002   Link

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