From the recording Romance and Melodrama

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"Round the Houses" came to me on a bus journey from Derry to Belfast. I have realised subsequently that it is actually about anxiety.
About the feeling of running on empty but being unable to stop.
A little while after I wrote the song I started trying to do something about the depression and anxiety that had been getting steadily worse before I got help.
Even though it came out of a dark and desperate place, I knew that the song had a momentum that really worked, and connected with people, maybe because of those things.