"Carnival of Rust" as written by Marko Saaresto, Markus Kaarlonen and Olli Tukiainen....
To breathe the name
Of your savior
In your hour of need
And taste the blame,
If the flavor should remind you of greed
Of implication, insinuation and you will
Till you cannot lie still
In all this turmoil
Before red cave and foil
Come closing in for a kill

Come feed the rain
'Cause I'm thirsty for your love,
Dancing underneath the skies of lust
Yeah feed the rain
'Cause without your love
My life ain't nothing but this carnival of rust

It's all a game
Avoiding failure
When true colors will bleed
All in the name of misbehavior
And the things we don't need

I lost for after no disaster can touch,
Touch us anymore
And more than ever
I hope to never fall,
Where enough is not the same it was before

Come feed the rain
'Cause I'm thirsty for your love,
Dancing underneath the skies of lust
Yeah feed the rain
'Cause without your love
My life ain't nothing but this carnival of rust

Yeah feed the rain
'Cause I'm thirsty for your love,
Dancing underneath the skies of lust
Yeah feed the rain
'Cause without your love
My life ain't nothing but this carnival of rust

Don't walk away, don't walk away,
Ooh when the world is burning
Don't walk away, don't walk away,
Ooh when the heart is yearning
Don't walk away, don't walk away,
Ooh when the world is burning
Don't walk away, don't walk away,
Ooh when the heart is yearning


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"Carnival of Rust" as written by Markus Kaarlonen Marko Saaresto

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  • +5
    General CommentSome might think this about a relationship in the general sense of the word but to me it's about the decadent relationship we have with money and capitalism in general.

    "do you breathe the name of your savoir in your hour of need" - this is referring to the saying - there are no atheists in foxholes -

    Why would one taste "blame" in the name of their savior? Because this savoir is money the tool with which we indulge our consumerist urges. Why should one be blamed for wanting money? Because there are billions of people who live in poverty, pocket change to you could feed them for months hence

    "don't walk away when the world is burning" - "Implication insinuation and ill will" - we ignore the state of the world because all that matters to us is being able to go out and have fun.

    "its all a game" "avoiding failure" for "things we don't need" - the dog eat dog world of free market capitalism.

    the chorus is about how empty the singer's life is without money - by feeding the rain he means "spend" because money makes our world go round - by spending you're throwing more money into the cycle - this might not make sense to people who haven't seen a national income diagram.

    On the surface it might be about what other people above me have mentioned - but this is what I believe the song is underneath. We are left with the message

    "Don't walk away when the world is burning" repeated several times
    apatch3on February 09, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI think its about a man who avoided his lover and ran after money. They had fight about it, but he never listened to her. At one point she decided to leave him. And this basically woke him up and as the song goes he asks her to stay with him. In the song he basically says that how love is now more important to him than anything else and that if she leaves him he will not able to take it.

    It is the best song of poets of the fall. His manly voice makes it alive and sad, all at the same time. I like the part when he says "Don't walk away, don't walk away, oh, when the world is burning
    Don't walk away, don't walk away, oh, when the heart is yearning" It shows that he is falling apart.
    javaon April 25, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentPoets of the Fall has such wonderfully deep and amazingly well written lyrics. <3

    I have no personal interpretation of the entire song, but this small bit seems like life in six words:

    "It's all a game, avoiding failure."

    Life explained in six words...*shakes head* Damn. There are many ways to explain life, obviously. This being one of them. One very good one, at that. And I am quite envious of the talent here, though I'm glad it's out there. :)

    ~Tsual
    Tsualon November 04, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commenthe's in a disintegrating relationship.

    "D' you breath the name of your saviour in your hour of need,
    n' taste the blame if the flavor should remind you of greed,
    Of implication, insinuation and ill will, till' you cannot lie still,
    In all this turmoil, before red cape and foil come closing in for a kill"

    savior could mean spiritual savior, especially with the word blame in the second line - in that blame would come from religious guilt. but savior could also be the "other man" in her "hour of need". the middle two basically talk of this acid building up between them - their communication losing directness. in the last line, red cape and foil... jeez... i'm thinking it could be a dual meaning again between the devil (religious again) and superman ("other man"). the devil implication would be that more generally she does something horrible while the superman implication specifically means that she gets with this other man. foil could mean shiny & new in that grass-is-greener concept.

    "Come feed the rain
    Cos I'm thirsty for your love dancing underneath the skies of lust
    Yeah feed the rain
    Cos without your love my life ain't nothing but this carnival of rust"

    feed the rain sounds general to me... just that he needs her involvement and reciprocity - but it could also be tears from working through these painful times.

    "It's all a game, avoiding failure, when true colors will bleed
    All in the name of misbehavior and the things we don't need
    I lust for after no disaster can touch us anymore
    And more than ever, I hope to never fall, where enough is not the same it was before"

    just beautifully written. especially the line, "where enough is not the same it was before". hmm... this is kind of best explained by just reading it i imagine. but basically, he wishes they could live together satisfied with each other.

    "Come feed the rain...
    Don't walk away, don't walk away, oh, when the world is burning
    Don't walk away, don't walk away, oh, when the heart is yearning"

    : P
    varon March 02, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo me it's about troubles in a relationship where both people feel love for each other, but things just don't seem to work out, even though they've tried to make it better. I love this song, it's creepy, desperate and depressing but also beautiful.
    lasombraon July 27, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPOTF a frigging amazing!!! they are one of the few true muscians out there the produce art not just sounds. This song is so sad i almost cant take it ... but its too good not to listen to :)
    Vailon September 25, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhat about this line 'before red cape and foil come closing in for the kill'? I absolutly cannot figure out what that means...

    I mean, I know a foil is a sword used in fencing and that a red cape is what matadors use with bulls...but does that have anything to do with it?
    Blithiumon October 03, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthink i messed up on red cape and foil. foil is more likely a reference to dueling/fencing. red cape still makes me think of a superman type of "other man" in that grass-is-greener context whereby closing in for a kill seems more applicable in how he and this other man are battling this duel for her. ya... and savior is definitely not a kind of religious savior. it seems like a direct metaphor to this other man in a song of indirectness and insinuation.
    varon March 02, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionAwesome song.....i agree with ppl here that this song is about differences in a relationship... the breaking down of a relationship and the desperate plea of a partner(well can b a male or female....surprised by how sexist ppl are...just cuz its a man singing doesnt mean its about the man)....brilliantly done in the sense that it tells the tale of how relationships crumble and fall(hence i think "the Carnival of Rust")
    var explained it really well lyric by lyric....i just wanna add that i think the fencing bit is just the persons in the relationship fighting and putting the blame on each other.... dancing like foes in fencing before the fatal blow...and dancing dangerously like a matador....trying to evade the bull of truth....
    myk2801on October 16, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Lyric Correction'Of implication, insinuation and you will' should be 'Of implication, insinuation, and ill will', otherwise the next line...'till you cannot lie still'...really doesn't make sense.
    Azkadelliaon November 15, 2011   Link

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