I can't see your face in my mind.
I can't see your face in my mind.
Carnival dogs
Consume the lines.
Can't see your face in my mind.

Don't you cry.
Baby, please don't cry.
And don't look at me
With your eyes.

I can't seem to find the right lie.
I can't seem to find the right lie.
Insanity's horse
Adorns the sky.
Can't seem to find the right lie.

Carnival dogs
Consume the lines.
Can't see your face in my mind.

Don't you cry.
Baby, please don't cry.
I won't need your picture
Until we say goodbye.


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    General CommentI guess it's about a guy leaving is girlfriend and saying don't cry, it's over. I Can't See your face in my mind might means he doesn't love her anymore, because he can't remember her.
    QuebecGuy777on May 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree with you guys he is leaving his girlfriend but i think it means he doesnt want to see her cry, because it breaks his heart and thats why he cant see her face in his mind because he knows he will see her crying and he cant stand it, and thats why he says he wont need her picure until they say goodbye because when they say goodbye she will be crying but she wont be crying in her picture.
    nowwithmixtapeson April 03, 2012   Link
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    General Commentjust a couple of observations: when it says "carnival dogs consume the lines", my guess is the lines referred to are the lines of her face. and her face being composed of lines might suggest like a hand-drawn image. seems like a really pained and hostile song.
    doodoodooon April 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe line, as they show it here:

    "Carnival dogs consume the lines."

    make no sense in any interpretation I can come up with, even nonsensical, and so I begin to wonder if the lyric is actually something else.

    I mean, what are we to make of it? There are dogs at a carnival and they eat the people standing in line for the farris wheel and the roller coaster? The Doors lyrics are seldom that, well, *sloppy*... This would be as self-referential as James Joyce. They rend to reference classical tropes and use images that often relate to that. The way it is, *no one* could possibly interpret the song, and they did not seem to try for this level of obscurity.

    They are not typically like John Lennon, who, if the apocryphal story is true, upon finishing "I am the Walrus", said:

    "There. Let the fuckers figure *this* one out..."
    sawfish666on September 13, 2012   Link
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    General CommentWow. I didn't even notice...

    "Insanity's horse adorns the sky..." ???

    ???

    Really, I think we need a better transcription of the lyrics here. I don't think this is right. It is questionable at the very least.
    sawfish666on September 13, 2012   Link
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    General CommentA truly beautiful song. "Carnival dogs" is what throws everyone off, erasing lines that define a face, a description, an identity. Carnival dogs may just be the distractions in life, or interest over time. Maybe Jim as the singer is saying that it's been a while since their good chemistry, and it's worn off? Carnival dogs may be his way of describing the gremlins in his mind losing memory of her, destroying the lines that make up her face.
    Milquetoaston July 10, 2013   Link

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