Square This Circle

Square This Circle

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Was thinking of an idea for a shape song, and when I heard the phrase "square the circle" on a podcast I said "that's it!" A part-fictitious, part auto-biographical lyric came forth. It's been many years since I was strung out like that and in such a state of desperation.

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V1:
The hurt inside this body
Like pellets in the driving rain
The years of darkness
Avoidance has become a chain
Around my neck
Around my ankles
Can't take it anymore

It started back in Tulsa
The fog refused to clear
Wouldn't stand up
Just wallowed in my beer
One after the other
Not pretty to look at
Sometimes I'd end up on the floor

CH:
Gonna Square this Circle if it kills me
Find a way to put the past
Behind me at last
Gotta Square this Circle there's folks that need me
Might need to crack these ribs
And open up this aching heart

V2:
On the ropes in New York City
On the run again
Upper West Side rooming house
Like cattle in a holding pen
No way out
No way to turn back time
Should just lock the lock and throw away the keys

Out of money, out of friends
Laying low
Up, down, left or right
Nowhere left to go
Stuck in this dungeon
Blinded by darkness
God help me please

CH:
Gonna Square this Circle if it kills me
Find a way to put the past
Behind me at last
Gotta Square this Circle there's folks that need me
Might need to crack these ribs
And open up this aching heart



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billwhite51's picture

very effective how your voice seems on the verge of cracking, like its taking everything youve got to get the song out.some great lines but more important are the verses themselves, how they wont let the listener get waay from them. we wait eagerly for each next confession.

aneilm's picture

Love the the chord sequence and the chorus is very catchy reminds me of the early Skillet music. Nice Shapes Challenge

Sunfire's picture

Good take on the prompt. Definitely relatable in that it's hard to change and you project that well with emotional appeal in your delivery together with the guitar and the words. Nice one!

Amanda Rose Riley's picture

I love that chord progression in the verse! And "square the circle" is a great phrase and perfect hook for a song. Good job.

Donna Devine's picture

Isn't it wonderful when a word or phrase just leaps out, and you think 'that's it!'? Smile You did it justice with this song, Jeff. Strong lyric, good imagery, and the broken voice supports the mood & theme. Well done on the challenge. Smile

coolparadiso's picture

nice progression and you've got emotion in there in buckets. I like squaring the circle. Nice one mate

ductapeguy's picture

And that, boys and girls, is how you write a hurtin' song. The whole song has a classic singer-songwriter vibe. The chorus is outstanding. Square the circle and crack the ribs are such strong imageries.

nate.gerry's picture

These lyrics are powerful! Your vulnerability shines through and the story you weave hits hard. Squaring the circle is an amazing refrain. To crack these ribs to open this aching heart. Wow!

Adnama17's picture

Man, I feel this to my bones. Been there, frequently. <3