"Circles" as written by Brandon Charles/einziger Boyd and Alex/pasillas Katunich....
You saw me lost in treading water
I looked pathetic and as helpless as a stinger without a bee
But underneath my presentation. Yeah
I knew the walls were coming down
And the stones that fell were aiming away from me

Hey what would it mean to you?
To know that it'll come back around again
Hey whatever it means to you
Know that everything moves in circles

I saw you standing in my headlights Blink blink blink
I thought Id run you down for the weight you left on me
But then I pressed rewind, reversed and drove away
And see you, disappear in my rear view
Brought to me the word reciprocity

Hey what would it mean to you?
To know that it'll come back around again
Hey whatever it means to you
Know that everything moves in circles

Round and round we go
We could know when it ends so well
We fall on and we fall off
Existential carousel

Hey what would it mean to you?
To know that it'll come back around again
Hey whatever it means to you
Know that everything moves in circles
Everything moves in circles


Lyrics submitted by carola

"Circles" as written by Mariah Carey, James Quenton Wright

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, EMI Music Publishing

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    General Commentnah,dudes this songs about a dude that always asks for teh spliff to move alone quick! its like "dude,gimme a toke" but then brandons like saying "nah,dude,itll come round soon enough anyway!"
    ikeyon July 22, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song is not about Brandon's ex-lover, I'm sorry. His perspective and lyrics are too intellectual to be about his broken heart and revenge. He is stating a simple fact..all things move in circles. All life and things on earth..physically, biologically, etc. Jenster you are right on...what you put in you get out, it is the natural movement of life. I think he wants everyone to be aware of that (hence "...whatever it means you to, know that everything moves in circles.") The "You saw my lost in treading water..." and "I saw you standing in my headlights..." are examples of when it's time to realize that everything moves in circles and make decisions based off that: What will be the consequences and outcomes given all things move in circles? Things will either come back and bite you in the ass, or save you..depending on the decisions you make("..and the stones that fell were aiming away from me.")

    That's just my opinion haha
    acahaon February 05, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthemansheedy@hotmail.com, email me
    themansheedyon March 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcircles has got to be about "what goes around comes around". so you get what you're putting out there.
    pretty self explanatory.
    jensteron April 19, 2002   Link
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    General Commentincubus circles was the first song i heard on the morning view cd, and i agree with jenster, thsi song is about how maybe a person had been bullied or controlled over, and those same thigns will turn right back on them
    imdisturbedbyyouon April 26, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of my favorites of MV, it means a lot to me. It is a good philosophy, lay off the revenge, it will eventually come back around to bite 'em in the ass. "reciprocity" is a good word, too.
    missblisson May 07, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think this song means if you don't do something right the first time, keep trying and eventually you'll do it.
    eathertomon May 18, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis album is the best all of its songs have such good meanings and i think this song means that you shouldnt worry about the revenge acuz itll came back around to do the same or even worse
    Klaatuon July 13, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think maybe this means.. Brandon (or maybe a different Incubus boy) had their heart broken, and the girl that broke their heart saw them hurting "You saw me lost in treading water
    I looked pathetic and as helpless as a stinger without a bee" meaning pretty much she knew she had hurt him, and also.. "Round and round we go
    We could know when it ends so well
    We fall on and we fall off
    Existential carousel " i think that part means that as long as she keeps going around breaking peoples hearts, shes going to get her heart broken, its like and endless cycle against her untill she stops, because shes never gonna know how it feels till it happens to her :) just my thoughts
    Benji5GCon July 20, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is a brill song about revenge, self control, Karma etc etc
    chilipepperon July 21, 2002   Link

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