Circles. By Dag Nasty, from their first album, Can I Say.

Music and Lyrics by Brian Baker

This is probably one of the best songs I have ever heard. It single handedly got me into Dag Nasty after I heard it on the 20 Years of Dischord compilation. Even ages after I heard it first, there is still something about it; possibly the first guitar riff or the way the drums come in. Maybe Dave Smalley's amazing vocal talent. I don't know. anyway - if you like hardcore punk at all, you could do much worse than to listen to this track, or buy the 2002 remaster of Can I Say. It's one of the best songs I have ever heard, and it was written before I was born. That's quality for you.

I wouldn't speak my mind
I didn't want to make them mad
I looked up to them
For the courage I thought I didn't have
I never bothered to lift a finger to make my point
Now I'm spelling it out
And nobody's listening!

It's hard to take it to heart
It hurts to be apart
But I can't watch and not be heard!

The days go by and things get worse
But they say they can only get better
I try to make a dent
But it blends in with all the damage
I try to look the other way
But there's a mirror behind me
I see images of what can be done
It seems like I'm the only one

I wouldn't speak my mind

These lyrics reproduced thanks to the kind permission of the Dag Nasty website manager. See Dag Nasty for more information.

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