"Full Circle" as written by and Conner Molander Dylan Phillips....
Cap off kneeling at the back of the church,
Feeling water on your brow, if it’s healing it hurts
At first a sharpish pain that returns as a thought
That the needle in your skin will bring you closer to god

And I watch as your head turns full circle

Our hope was with a coffee and a medical text
It’s too easy knowin’ nothing blowing off the rest
And the riddles in the pages leave at too much to guess
And the worry cracks a fracture from your hip to your chest

As I watch as your head turns full circle

We got lost in the travels in the spiritual book
Missed the beaches from nirvana and the way that they look
And the crooks they’re on the island they’re killin’ to keep runnin'
They’re running severance on the plastic and it seems to be working

Is that the best that I can do?
As I watch as your head turns full circle

You appear even tempered though your looks will deceive
And the sparks are always flying cause you drink for relief
With the heart of a child and the wit of a fool
It’s a wonder why I don’t try to build a wall around you

When I watch as your head turns full circle
And I watch as your head turns full circle
Yeah I watch as your head turns full circle


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"Full Circle" as written by Devon Portielje Conner Molander

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  • +10
    My InterpretationNo interpretations yet?!

    Well... Here's my ramble, then!

    To me it seems to be about drug/alcohol addiction and/or general confusion and delusion.

    "At first a sharpish pain that returns as a thought
    That the needle in your skin won't bring you closer to god"
    "And the sparks are always flying cause you drink for relief"

    The person is struggling, trying to find relief in their addiction, but still conscious enough to realize that they're not doing fine.

    "All hopeless with old coffee and a medical text
    It’s too easy knowing nothing blowing off the rest
    And the riddles in the pages leaving too much to guess
    And the worry cracks a fracture from your hip to your chest"

    I think it's as if the person is overanalyzing everything. They get anxious about not having an answer to everything. The riddles is the pages seem to me as mysteries of life, ore problems that one can't resolve, no matter how much time and energy they spend trying to do so... And this very incapacity to find answers to these riddles creates an important worry to an already anxious mind. Perhaps that's what leads to the person addiction (or maybe what the addiction leads to, in fact.)

    "I watch as your head turns full circle"

    I see this as a metaphor of something cyclical. A never ending vicious circle, hard to get out of. Hence I think my previous paragraph goes along with this cycle. The person is lost ("lost in your travels and a spiritual book") and anxious, leading them to use more drugs/alcohol to try to find relief, to ease their mind. But the effect of the drugs/alcohol creates even more confusion and delusion, more anxiety... Then it starts over again.


    Finally, despite this person's habits and addiction, despite their behaviour, he still has got support from the narrator of the song:

    "Is that the best that I can do?
    As I watch as your head turns full circle"

    "With the heart of a child and the wit of a fool
    It’s a wonder why I don’t try to build a wall around you"

    The narrator recognizes the struggling person's good nature, good heart, but knows their mind and wit are not clean.
    He knows the person needs help, he wants to provide them help, but yet knows he's helpless. He's wondering if it's the best he can do, if there's anything more he could do to help, as his friend is stuck in this never ending cycle.
    The narrator sees that no matter he does, his friend is not doing any better, not changing, hence he wonders why he "doesn't try to build a wall around them"...


    I think it's a rather sad song. Trying to help someone out of such a situation, or trying to help clearing their mind a little, but not achieving it.


    I might be wayyyyy off, but that's how I personnally understand the lyrics!
    ggbmon January 22, 2013   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI agree with the other comment, i think it is very accurate, however i would like to build on it. in my opinion, i think the friend who turned to drugs had a reason to do that. i think s/he has a friend who is very sick, and in the hospital. When the singer says "our hope is with old coffee and a medical test" it makes me think that his/her friend is in the hospital, being tested for for something, possibly cancer. s/he wants to be the first to know, and is trying to stay awake, which is why he talks about the coffee. I think the friend of the singer's friend was diagnosed with something serious, so s/he started turned to praying for the friend, when he says "Cap off kneeling at the back of the church..." s/he is very stressed about his/her friend, so that's when i think s/he turned to drugs "that the needle in your skin won't bring you closer to God" when the friend isn't getting better, s/he becomes hopeless and gives up."we got lost in the travels of the spiritual book" S/he then turns to drugs/alcohol, thinking it would be an escape from the stress, but it just makes it worse."missed the beaches from nirvana and the way that they look" s/he thought that when she was high, it would be paradise, or nirvana. but she was wrong. That's why the singer says "missed the beaches from nirvana". when the singer sees his friend so stressed, and ultimately having their life ruined, he asks himself if their is anything he can possibly do to help. "is that the best that i can do?" s/he is trying to act like everything is alright, trying to look strong. "you appear even tempered though your looks will deceive" and the singer is worried his friend is going to hurt/kill him/herself which is why he says "It's a wonder why i don't try to build a wall around you" i might be completely wrong, but that;s what the song means to me, thanks for reading
    alloyd0on February 02, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThese are the actual lyrics:

    cap off kneelin at the back of the church
    feelin water on your brow
    with its' heal and it hurts
    at first a sharpish pain that returns as a thought
    that the needle in your skin won't bring you closer to god

    as I watch
    as your head
    turns full circle

    all hopeless with old coffee and a medical text
    it's too easy knowin nothin blowin off the rest
    and the riddles in the pages leavin too much to guess
    and the worry cracks a fracture from your hip to your chest

    and I watch
    as your head
    turns full circle

    you got lost in your travels and a spiritual book
    mistook beaches for nirvana in the way that they look
    and the crooks that run the island are killing to keep earning
    they're burning seven tons of plastic and it seems to be working

    is that the best
    that I
    can do?

    as I watch
    as your head
    turns full circle

    you appear even-tempered though your looks will deceive
    and the sparks are always flying cuz you drink for relief
    with the heart of a child and the wit of a fool
    it's a wonder why I don't try to build a wall around you

    as I watch
    as your head
    turns full circle

    as I watch
    as your head
    turns full circle

    yea I watch
    as your head
    turns full circle

    ...

    Source: the band's official website
    writingwritingon November 21, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"I watch as your head turns full circle"

    I take this lyric literally, as in The Exorcist. The singer is aghast at witnessing his partner's nakedness of spirit, and can only watch in horror as his friend spins out of control and off the tracks, as if possessed.
    shineOn65on September 12, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI enjoy the singer's abrupt singing.
    chasingairon November 21, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with the other comments,
    the song seems to be about drug addiction and depression but i think the;
    "I watch as your head turns full circle"
    means that the person or friend is stuck with the same problem and cant find the solution/answer so they turn to drugs and alcohol this cycle/circle just puts them in the same place and they cant break it, while the other friend is stuck watching them and cant do anything.
    "That the needle in your skin won't bring you closer to god
    and the sparks are always flying cause you drink for relief"
    -drugs and alcohol
    Cavebear483on February 02, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis person is obviously suicidal, he\she self harms, needle to the skin, and drinks, and starves, due to starvers only drink tea or coffee.
    tessxoxon February 13, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat a great band!
    Aztecempireon June 13, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me its a story of how most of humanity is lost and trying to find lifes greatest mysteries. Using drugs (work, money, as well) are distractions but also tools that we THINK we use to get us closer to God. To make us whole with him again.
    Instead of listening to our spiritual selves, we get caught up in spiritual texts (old testament, torah, koran, bible).
    Also how the crooks (that know the truth and prevent humanity from reaching their goal) sell us plastic (credit card, money) to keep us pre-occupied.
    The last verses has what maybe God would to say to all his people at this time in our lives.
    Duca1971on September 10, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAgree - the song is about drug addiction..... the "head turns full circle" is the motion an addict's head makes when they main-line their drug. Their head always falls forward a bit, then around to the back.... that's the "full circle." I don't think there's a friend who's sick or any medical dilemma. Sounds to me like someone flunking out of life.... medical school. blowing off everything to do drugs.
    katineon July 30, 2015   Link

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