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Circle​/​Line

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I wrote this in 1990, and recorded it several times, each time bewildered that I couldn't make a four-track tape recorder sound like a 24-track studio. I realise the Beatles did remarkable things with a four-track, but equally I realise that I'm not George Martin.

I'm not sure which version this is: not the first version, I think, although I remember that as being quite good (though beset with hiss, on account of my forgetting to turn on the noise reduction, although that might have been a different song), probably the second, so 1991 or 1992.

This is a song about n-dimensional geometry, believe it or not. Or at least that's what I thought at the time. I suppose I liked to comfort myself with the thought that it might be about something.

As I said, it was recorded on a four-track in about 1992, so there is a certain limitation to the audio quality.

lyrics

You.
You with your ear to the ground
Do you hear voices?
Do you see riders?
You
What can you see from down there?
Maybe a pebble
Maybe a footprint
Oh, you,
You're saying nothing
Your lips are moving
But no sense comes out
Oh, you,
You think of nothing,
Nothing at all.

Me
I have my head in the sky
I can see mountains
I can see rivers
Flowing to
Me
I can see you from up here,
You're only a pebble
Merely a footprint
Me
I'm saying nothing
I know my lips are moving
But nonsense comes out
Oh, me
I'm thinking of nothing
I'm thinking of nothing
Nothing at all

Melt the ice into water
Turn the water into wine
Turn the wine into blood
Freeze the blood into ice
All I see is a circle
All you see is a line

Look,
It could be the end of the world
Or just a hiccup
Or just a stumble.
Look,
What can we be to the world
Maybe a footprint
Maybe a pebble
Now.
Do you hear the nothing
Do you hear the silence
When you close your mouth?
Now
We can do nothing
The weak can do nothing
Nothing at all

Melt the ice into water
Turn the water into wine
Turn the wine into blood
Freeze the blood into ice
All I see is a circle
All you see is a line

See the void become a pinprick
See the dot become a line
See the line become a circle
Which in turn becomes a globe
It's just a question of perspective
It's just a trick of the light.

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from Oldies and Curiosities, track released April 29, 2013

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