Music Monday: “Circles” by Thrice


Music Monday is a meme, created by Drew at The Tattooed Book Geek, where I focus on a song I absolutely love and feel needs to be shared.

Song: “Circles”
Artist: Thrice
Album: Beggars (2009)

Lyrics taken from

[Verse 1]
We talk too much; we talk in circles
Till we’re all spinning round
Reaching for rings on this merry-go-round

The scenery spins; we call it progress
But I’ve seen all this before;
When all’s said and done, we’ll wake up on the floor

We set sail with no fixed star in sight
We drive by braille and candlelight

[Verse 2]
We’re building towers with no foundations
Just stacking stone on stone
Whatever it takes – mix our mortar with bones

But true progress means matching the world to
The vision in our heads
But we always change the vision instead

We set sail with no fixed star in sight
We drive by braille and candlelight

Another song from Thrice’s 2009 album, Beggars, “Circles” continues the album’s themes of isolation and reflection. Finger-picked, clean guitar plays in conjunction with a soft drum groove while the lyrics describe the ease with which we can spiral into circuitous patterns; we are led by the seemingly blind or short-sighted. The song builds with the addition of keyboards and increasingly tense instrumentation, before a cathartic climax. Though it isn’t a lengthy track, nor one overflowing with lyrics, it transmits its message both thematically and through sound.

My vinyl copy of Beggars; released in 2009.

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