"Carnival Town" as written by Lee Alexander and Norah Jones....
Round 'n' round
Carousel
Has got you under it's spell
Moving so fast, but
Going nowhere

Up 'n' down
Ferris wheel
Tell me how does it feel
To be so high
Looking down here

Is it lonely?
Lonely
Lonely

Did the clown
Make you smile
He was only your fool for a while
Now he's gone back home
And left you wandering there

Is it lonely?
Lonely
Lonely


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"Carnival Town" as written by Norah Jones Lee Alexander

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    General CommentMaybe the song's about someone that's so obsessed with getting ahead, getting higher on the ladder, someone seeking a fast-paced life. Someone who doesn't realize that getting to the top means sacrificing love and friendships, leaving him/her in a very lonely situation. The people around him/her, the "clown" that's only entertaining for a while, the latest fad, even he eventually goes home to his own life and problems. And the original "someone" is stuck...without anyone. Without substance.
    shesaclassybroadon July 08, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThere is something about this song that gives me a very nostalgic feeling. At the same time it encompasses the feelings of complete solitude. It makes me remember a time in my life when I felt the loneliest that i've ever felt...ever. It's almost like a paradox. Imagine being at a carnival, which is supposed to evoke feelings of happiness and togetherness. Yet, in the midst of it all, you become overwhelmed with feelings of complete isolation. *sigh*
    ophelia219on October 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is mysterious. It wraps up what is feels like to stop your life and just watch as the chaos continues around you. Thats what it feels like for me atleast.
    beautifulletdown22on March 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is an absolutely incredible song I think. The chords, the melody, the lyrics and those harmonies in the chorus are just perfect. One of Norah Jones's best I think.
    LukeBon April 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenteverytime i hear this song it reminds me of Ricky Gervais' character in extras.
    maigh-Eoon November 01, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI looove this song.
    okayy so here is my interpretationnn:

    "Round 'n round
    Carousel
    Has got you under it's spell"

    this song reminds me of my friend who has a boyfriend and they are always on and off and she is so dumb because she alwways falls for him so they are going round and round


    "Up 'n down
    Ferris wheel
    Tell me how does it feel
    To be so high...
    Looking down here"

    and then heres the best part everytime shegoes out with him there i go again in the backburner its like she doesnt know how to balance it out were she can keep her friends and her boyfriend so she is so high (from love) but she has no one else but her boyfriend so its like me saying that yeah you have your boyfriend but don;t you feel by yourself because you have dedicated your whole world to him and lost all your friends all the while.

    "Did the clown
    Make you smile
    He was only your fool for a while
    Now he's gone back home
    And left you wandering there"

    Tand basically like theybroke up and now she is lost because her world was her boyfriend.its like yeah he made you smile and have a good time but it was only temporary and now you are here by yourself.


    "Is it lonely?
    Lonely"

    basically you lost me as a friend now what are you gonna do .now your lonely,are you going to come back running to me because you are lonely?

    buttt i love this songg
    along with norah jones
    i wish i knew people from around here who liked her
    <333
    shakelly_blackmouthon February 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationIt sounds like she is questioning a god. This god looks down on us for entertainment. We are his Carnival Town. So Norah with some slight pity for him not being able to take part, is asking him if he isnt lonely sitting up there (in heaven) by himself
    javon01on January 25, 2014   Link

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