All circles presuppose they'll end where they begin
But only in their leaving can they ever come back around
All circles presuppose they'll end where they begin
But only in their leaving can they ever come back around
All circles presuppose they'll end where they begin
All circles presuppose they'll end where they begin
But only in their leaving can they ever come back around
All circles presuppose they'll end where they begin
But only in their leaving can they ever come back around
All circles presuppose they'll end where they begin

All circles begin with an end
They come back around
They come back around again

All circles presuppose they'll end where they begin
But only in their leaving can they ever come back around
(All circles presuppose they'll end where they begin
But only in their leaving can they ever come back around)


Lyrics submitted by eltroyo11, edited by hambakmeri

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  • +4
    General CommentIt's the idea that even before a "circle" begins it's journey it knows it's going to end where it currently is, but it can't ever come back to where they are now unless they embark on this journey around the circle.

    I think that it's the concept of a full-life, especially pertaining to Bear's death. That we all start and end in the same place mortally. From nothing life is created and at the end we become nothing again, but in order to get from nothing to nothing we must embark on this circuitous journey back to where we started.
    instantwinneron June 20, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthe fact that this is sung as a round is fantastic.
    kintonwon July 13, 2012   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionI believe he's saying, "All circles presuppose *they'll* end where they begin."
    sierrafrenzyon May 08, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI thought I heard "receiving" and "sleeping" instead of leaving a few times towards the end.
    NHarton May 16, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat does this song actually mean though?
    Scare Crowon June 15, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn the CD booklet, the band accredits the lyrics to Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit (available to read online here: marxists.org/reference/archive/hegel/works/ph/… ) which states "It is the process of its own becoming, the circle which presupposes its end as its purpose, and has its end for its beginning; it becomes concrete and actual only by being carried out, and by the end it involves."

    Inserting the word "purpose" in there really adds or possibly changes the meaning of the saying. It's more than just a "dust to dust" idea.
    hambakmerion January 15, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis philosophy sums up so many things. As far as the cycle of hurt people hurting other people and familial ties (an abusive father creates an abusive father out of his son), this explains the problems of the world. But also, the circle of the world's creation, fall, and redemption comes back around with Christ. So the circle can be good or bad, it's just the way things are. And the same problems people face will haunt them all their lives, but that doesn't mean they gain the strength to face them. The work of the Church after Christ's ascension was to repeat His ministry, for the same issues would go on in the rest of the world. The Church is supposed to bring the world first circle, one soul at a time. Cool!
    Sabanrabon August 17, 2013   Link

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