"Circles" as written by and Jon Foreman....
Another day
Another sunrise
Another factory call
Another night
Another sunset
Another free fall
Am I alive
Am I on purpose
Within the weakness
Within the weakness

Spinning out in circles
In circles, in circles
Spinning out in circles
In circles, in circles

Another day
Another lifetime
Another engine stalls
Another line
Another freeway
Another free fall
Am I alive
Am I on purpose
Within the weakness
Within the weakness

Spinning out in circles
In circles, in circles
Spinning out in circles
In circles, in circles
In circles, in circles

I've lost all that I wanted to leave
I've lost all that I wanted to be
Don't believe that there's nothing that's true
Don't believe in this modern machine
The modern machine
In circles

Spinning, spinning
In circles, in circles
Spinning out in circles
In circles, in circles
In circles, in circles
Ba ba ba ba ba ba...


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"Circles" as written by Jon Foreman

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    General Commenti think this song is blatantly existentialist.. its lamenting how life can feel like spinning in endless circles without answers, "a quiet desperation", where it all feels pointless and monotonous. when you spin in circles, you're not making any progress, you're just in the same place. and then jon urges us not to give up the fight, the search for answers: "don't believe that there's nothing thats true", while also taking a jab at postmodernism (the idea that there's no right or wrong, no true or false, because everything is relative).

    i love how the song is repetitive in a trippy way, to symbolize the idea of repeatedly spinning in circles.
    born2xlon January 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThese are the clips on the website. I'm changing all these to the full songs when the CD comes out.
    eltroyo11on October 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentFull lyrics will be up tomorrow
    eltroyo11on December 19, 2006   Link
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    General Commentgreat song!! its about the struggle of the common man... another theme switchfoot writes about quite often..
    Tonagamuon January 09, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think that this song is about how we fall into the same circle of sin and forgiveness and then back into sin. also, i think in the beginning it is about doubting god wondering if "Am I alive Am I on purpose" and in the end it is about reaffirming the faith when it says "Don’t believe that there’s nothing that’s true Don’t believe in this modern machine" yet is unavoidable to fall back into the doubt. hence, another circle.
    thatwasimpliedon January 19, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwow, this song is so amazing, especially musically. not saying the lyrics are bad, but the music gives me chills. the music really emphasizes the words. i like your interpretation thatwasimplied. i never thought of it like that. it makes sense. also, the repetition really makes you feel the way the song is trying to make you feel. it's pretty cool. i also love the bridge. amazing!
    gravity12on January 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentPrecisely what I was thinking, born2xl.
    sniperspikeon January 31, 2007   Link
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    General CommentPrecisely what I was thinking, born2xl.
    sniperspikeon January 31, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"i love how the song is repetitive in a trippy way, to symbolize the idea of repeatedly spinning in circles."
    Definitely! Never thought of it that way..

    The bridge (=amazing) might well be the best part of the album.
    Oh! Emilyon February 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love "Am I alive, am I on purpose" b/c that is a question that many teenagers are asking as you read this. This song is very deep. I also like "Don’t believe that there’s nothing that’s true
    Don’t believe in this modern machine"
    kaileylovesbballon February 11, 2007   Link

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