Harry Chapin

About Circle

"Circle" is a song written and performed by Harry Chapin. The song was included on the 1972 album Sniper and Other Love Songs. Though it wasn't released as a single, it quickly became a fan favorite and is the "Chapin theme song". The song was recorded by The New Seekers and become one of their highest-charting singles, though Chapin's version is the most popular. It has been included on numerous compilation albums from Chapin's record label.


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All my life's a circle;
Sunrise and sundown;
Moon rolls through the nighttime;
'Til the daybreak comes around.

All my life's a circle;
But I can't tell you why;
Season's spinning round again;
The years keep rollin' by.

It seems like I've been here before;
I can't remember when;
But I have this funny feeling;
That we'll all be together again.
No straight lines make up my life;
And all my roads have bends;
There's no clear-cut beginnings;
And so far no dead-ends.

I found you a thousand times;
I guess you done the same;
But then we lose each other;
It's like a children's game;

As I find you here again;
A thought runs through my mind;
Our love is like a circle;
Let's go 'round one more time.


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Harry Chapin

Harry Forster Chapin (December 7, 1942 – July 16, 1981) was an American singer-songwriter best known for his folk rock songs including "Taxi", "W*O*L*D", and the No. 1 hit "Cat's in the Cradle". Chapin was also a dedicated humanitarian who fought to end world hunger; he was a key player in the creation of the Presidential Commission on World Hunger in 1977. In 1987, Chapin was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for his humanitarian work. more »

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Artist Background
"Circle" is by Harry Chapin, an American singer-songwriter who was well-known in the 1970s. His work often included story-telling and folk music elements.
Album Information
"Circle" is a track from his debut album, "Heads & Tales," which was released in 1972.
Song Theme
The song is a metaphorical representation of life as a continuous circle. Its themes include change, growth, and the passage of time.
Frequent Performance
This song was typically performed as the closing number in his concerts.
The lyric “All my life's a circle, sunrise and sundown…” alludes to the idea of life as a cycle, emphasizing things that repeat over time.
The song is still being covered by various artists nowadays, demonstrating its enduring popularity.
Tribute Version
In 1987, folk singer Tom Chapin, Harry's brother, recorded a tribute version of "Circle" after Harry's death in 1981.
Musical Style
The song's melody is catchy and reflective, with a rhythm that is both energetic and melancholic, an example of Chapin's ability to convey complex emotions through music.
Live Performances
During live performances of "Circle," Chapin often invited the audience to join in the chorus, creating a communal and participatory experience.
The song was written by Harry Chapin and his wife Sandra Chapin. Many of their songs reveal their deep understanding of narrative and the way songs can tell stories.

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