"The Circle" as written by Damon Minchella, Simon Fowler, Oscar Lloyd Harrison and Stephen Cradock....
Saturday afternoon
The sunshine pours like wine
Through the window

And I know golden June
Can turn an empty gray
Against your window

And I feel like I'm on the outside
Of the circle

If I walk by the trees
I'll catch the falling leaves
If the wind blows

But I know all this means is
Whiling on the hours
Watching sideshows

And I feel like I'm on the outside
Of the circle

Will I turn my coat to the rain
I don't know
But I'm going somewhere I can warm my bones

Fare you well I'll carry me away
And sing to those I know
Upon their birthdays

And I won't feel like I'm on the outside
I wont feel like I'm on the outside
I wont feel like I'm on the outside
Of the circle


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"The Circle" as written by Oscar Lloyd Harrison Damon Minchella

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    General CommentAparently this was written about the number 11 bus route (a circular) around Birmingham and how every day is the same routine doing the same thing. I think the song is sort of a pondering on what's in the wider world "and I feel like I'm on the outside of the circle" (as far as I know the lyrics are THE circle and not A circle). Also, Mosely Shoals was the second album, their first album was self titled.
    AndyDunnon October 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentGreat tune - I like the way the lyrics seem to progress through the seasons, Summer-Autumn-Winter.

    I always took it that it was about not fitting in and lonliness and overcoming it.
    WilkoUKon May 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI get the impression he's telling how his life, or something in his went from good to bad (golden June can turn an empty grey) and in turn has been pushed away from everyone, and thing, and no longer fits in so wants to go somewhere, where everything is ok.

    Unfortunately OCS were out the same time as oasis, and because oasis were so big, OCS were kind of put on the back burner and never really relished in the success they deserved
    jakeloxon September 27, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningI know what this song means - Simon Fowler is gay and does not intend to have children. The feeling of being 'outside the circle' means refers to how not having children and a family makes him feel. The verses are basically about him dwelling on the way this makes him feel. 'Will i turn my coat to the rain etc' is him asking if he will be able to find happiness without it and 'sing to those I know on their birthdays' etc refers to how he is still part of the lives of the children and families of his friends and how that makes him feel like he ISN'T outside the circle occasionally. I knew exactly how he felt when this song was around a lot more and it is a very profound and beautiful statement really. You can find this info elsewhere on the internet if you search.
    GraemePryceon October 21, 2013   Link
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    General CommentYes it is a great album by a great band, but that isn't want this site is about. It is about "song meanings", if you really feel it necessary to air your personal opinion on a song, please do it on youtube and stop ruining songmeanings with your pointless opinions - that is NOT what this site is for.

    For those that still don't get it - read up on what a "song" is, and then what "meaning" is, and then add the words together and think about it.
    MMFB2001on October 03, 2014   Link
  • -1
    General CommentWhy aren't OCS one of the biggest bands in the world? Travis, Stereophonics & Coldplay have all been recognised at home and abroad & OCS only seem to be know by dedicated fans! If you like this song look for the Acoustic version which may be called 'Outside of a circle'. Truely Amazing!!!
    wriggion March 21, 2003   Link
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    General CommentOCS were one of the biggest bands in the world when Mosley Shoals was released, and in a way opened the door to bands like Travis et al.

    If they ever record a masterpeice equal or greater than MS they'll be huge once more.
    Citzon June 09, 2003   Link
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    General Commentfantabulous!
    sOCS479on October 30, 2004   Link
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    General Commentmosley shoals was a great album.. indeed songs from the front row, is pretty all taken from mosley shoals. second album was quite a let down in all honesty. but yes. they are a great band.
    nwolukon December 10, 2004   Link

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