Dusty Springfield - “the Windmills of Your Mind”

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Dusty Springfield - “The Windmills of Your Mind”

That is The Windmills of Your Mind (1969), sung by Dusty Springfield (1939 to 1999).

Isn't it beautiful and mesmeric?

it's beauty, lies in the lyrics.

  Round like the circle in a spiral
  Like a wheel within a wheel
  Never ending or beginning
  On an ever spinning reel

Like a snowball down a mountain
Or a carnival balloon
Like a carousel that's turning
Running rings around the moon

Like a clock whose hands are sweeping
Past the minutes on its face
And the world is like an apple
Whirling silently in space

  Like the circles that you find
  In the windmills of your mind
Like a tunnel that you follow
To a tunnel of its own
Down a hollow to a cavern
Where the sun has never shone

Like a door that keeps revolving
In a half-forgotten dream
Or the ripples from a pebble
Someone tosses in a stream
  Like a clock whose hands are sweeping
  Past the minutes on its face
  And the world is like an apple
  Whirling silently in space

  Like the circles that you find
  In the windmills of your mind
Keys that jingle in your pocket
Words that jangle in your head
Why did summer go so quickly?
Was it something that you said?

Lovers walk along the shore
And leave their footprints in the sand
Is the sound of distant drumming
Just the fingers of your hand?
Pictures hanging in a hallway
And a fragment of a song
Half-remembered names and faces
But to whom do they belong?

When you knew that it was over
You were suddenly aware
That the autumn leaves were turning
To the color of his hair?
  Like a circle in a spiral
  Like a wheel within a wheel
  Never ending or beginning
  On an ever-spinning reel

As the images unwind
Like the circles that you find
In the windmills of your mind

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