Pretty girl of 16 -- has fun and runs crazy
Ruined girl of 16 -- now a mother grows lazy
Next a 16-year old baby -- like mother grows lazy
And her stomach is churning -- whilst her eyes keep on turning
Round and around
Getting no higher from the ground
Round and around, round and around
The circle has an empty sound...

Father inflicts discipline -- boy rebels against him
He leaves for the big town -- for love and adventure
But the words he first heard -- unlike his instincts run deeper
Now boy beats his children -- if they disobey him

And the cat riddled with worms -- chases his tail round
And around, round and around...
Getting no higher from the ground
Round and around, round and around

The circle has an empty sound...
The endless full circle for the next in line
The endless full circle...
Take the red line, the green line, the silver or blue

Any line you can think of -- except for the yellow
Take a trip with your family -- and see where they go
Give them a free ticket -- it's the best thing to do

And if you wind up on the circle line
Hell, it's not from lack of options
Then if you run into the yellow
Well that's up to you

Round and around
Getting no higher from the ground
Round and around
The circle has an empty sound
The endless full circle -- for the next in line
The endless full circle -- are you the next in line
Round and around...

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    SIOUXSIE: "That's more domestic horror, but I think it's saying you've got a choice. It's disagreeing with the philosophy that says if you've come from somewhere bad then you've had no choice. I've known people who've come from appalling backgrounds and they're getting on and they're not jealous and they're not sitting back and saying, this is my lot, I give up. I'd love to believe that everyone does have a choice. I think everyone can have self-worth. Source: NME 24/12/83

    JJKelsallon December 01, 2012   Link
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    Cycle of abuse, cycle of poverty, YOUR own cycles.

    xianificenton July 11, 2007   Link
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    the yellow circle line in london goes round and round, we all live such rat races.

    HappyGoon February 25, 2009   Link
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    I just love the "Take a trip" verse. It's like Siouxsie is actually telling you to take a trip with your family and see where they go. And yes, giving them a free ticket is indeed the best thing to do (and the way she annunciates the "TOO DOOOO!!" is the icing on the cake.)

    All I know is that if Siouxsie Sioux tells you to do something, you do it!

    HonestManon July 03, 2013   Link

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