Greet all your friends and they say hello
They tie all your ends until they tie
Yourself in again into something whole
Something secure and lost inside
And climb away

All of the forces we uphold
And all of the dangers we escape
You wonder sometimes how long we’ll hold
Until all of this anger shows its way
and breaks

Away
I'm okay
I'm okay
I'm okay

There are just some things you can't know
There are just some things you can't face
But I will secure myself and blow
Against this disease that you embrace
And waste away

And beginning again takes so much time
And all of your friends come to watch you go
And as your machine pulls from the drive
You watch as their empty hearts explode
And blow
Away
Away
I'm okay
I'm okay


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Circle of Friends song meanings
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  • +1
    General CommentThis song is so good, it's definitely one of Jeff's more underated songs.
    eyelinerislifeon January 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is amazing. According to Jeff, it's about all the sh*ty moments between friends sometimes.
    wingedfeetxcon April 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTotal agreeance here. Jeffery Mangum astounds me. The lyrics are wrong however. they're fine until the third verse. It isn't "But i will secure myself in blue, and get this disease that you embrace". The correct lyrics are, "But I will secure myself and *blow*, *against* this disease that you embrace"... its been a pleasure.
    ideulogyon September 14, 2006   Link
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    General Commentnot to be a dick, but you totally stopped trying to get the lyrics right starting somewhere in the middle. haha. at the end of verse three its "embrace, and waste away."... As for the fourth verse, "empty artics flow"???... "empty hearts explode". or eyes. could be eyes. THANKS. ha.
    ideulogyon September 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIdeulogy is definitely right. The ly4rics above make no sense, and it pisses me off. We should be able to change these, dammit. (It is almost certainly 'hearts' by the way).

    Also, there are some small-but-obvious things that are wrong; you leave out 'and' a lot, which is fine, but then why include it in the second verse? Also, it's "some things YOU can't know". Sorry if I sound pedantic, but on the other hand I'd get pissed if I read lyrics to 'All Along HIS Watchtower', or 'I WAS The Walrus' - different words shape meaning
    sammy_mendelon April 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe lyrics are a lot easier to pick out if you're listening through headphones. =P
    I hadn't noticed a few of these mistakes until recently.. but yeah, the last three posters are right, as far as I can tell. Full complete lyrics, as far as I have them. Corrections welcome:

    Greet all your friends and they say hello
    They tie all your ends until they tie
    Yourself in again into something whole
    Something secure and lost inside
    And climb
    Away…

    All of the forces we uphold
    And all of the dangers we escape
    You wonder sometimes how long we’ll hold
    Till all of this anger shows its way
    Embrace...

    Away…
    I'm okay…
    I'm okay…
    I'm okay…

    There are just some things you can't know
    There are just some things you can't face
    But I will secure myself and blow
    Against this disease that you embrace
    And waste
    Away…

    And beginning again takes so much time
    And all of your friends come to watch you go
    And as your machine pulls from the drive
    You watch as their empty eyes [hearts?] explode
    And blow
    Away…
    Away…
    I'm okay…
    I'm okay…
    PureSophiston July 13, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think PureSophist has it right. As for the line you "You watch as their empty eyes [hearts?] explode," I'm pretty positive it is 'hearts.'

    Jeff says on the recording that it's about sh*tty moments between friends. So, yeah, basically what everyone else said.
    t3mpus_fugiton September 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWhere can I listen to this song?
    GetInspiredon February 26, 2009   Link

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