Walking In Circles is the last song on my new record, Grope

and among my favourite original songs. It’s always been fun to play live with the band, and sometimes as a solo acoustic version

[though I feel it misses the intensity of the solo section]

I’ve always loved the lyrics to Walking In Circles

[my little song about geometry]

from the

Round and a-round / up and down / in and out

of the verses, to the

Circles / Triangles / Squares

of the chorus, I treated the writing as an exercise in simplicity and symbology

[during the mid-90s I was heavily influenced by the simplicity and repetition of nursery rhymes, and how they ease into the subconscious mind]

and still remember channeling the three hook lines in the chorus

Walking in circles, never finding each other
Walking in triangles, we’ve come to this point
Walking in squares, we’re backed into this corner
Walking in circles, round and a-round

A lyrical conceit, for sure, but still right where I want it to be; while there’s a germ of experience somewhere in there, it’s lifted to the universal  here – I think we all experience the futility of cyclic patterns in relationships, and those points where you choose to go around the loop again, or break the pattern. The narrator in Walking In Circles is at that inflection point once again.

Musically, as with many of the Grope-era songs, the main rhythm guitar part owes much to my lost hands, with drone strings aplenty.

[get ready, those few of you fascinated by my playing 🙂 ]

There are the 6th-fret C-shape F-maj chord, which drops down to a 1st-fret F-maj chord sans-barre, which in turn slides down to an E-min. Then in the lift into the chorus, the C and A of a 1st fret A-min sliding up and back down in a chromatic pattern.

The intro melody, and solo refrain, is a simple line hooked out of the Steve Cropper school of classic soul guitar, wistful, hurt and hopeful at the same time.

Vocally, once again, I had the memory of Scott’s harmonies to draw upon, and hope I’ve done them justice on the record. The other thing of note is that it’s really hard to breathe in the bridge to the solo

[that’s a lot of round-and-a-rounds!]

So, there you have it, my little song about geometry, Walking In Circles.

Love-peace-trust,

Vince Sig 131x89

 

WALKING IN CIRCLES – VINCENT TUCKWOOD

Round and around and around and around
And never finding each other
Up and down and up and down
And never passing each other
In and out and in and out
And never touching each other

Walking in circles
We’re never finding each other
Walking in triangles
We’ve come to this point
Walking in squares
We’re backed into this corner
Walking in circles
Around and around and around

Round and around and around and around
And always getting dizzy
Up and down and up and down
And I feel like falling
In and out and in and out
And I’m claustrophobic

Walking in circles
We’re never finding each other
Walking in triangles
We’ve come to this point
Walking in squares
We’re backed into this corner
Walking in circles
Around and around and around

Copyright 2014, Vincent Tuckwood