"The Last Carnival" as written by and Bruce Springsteen....
Sun down, sun down
They're taking all the tents down
Where have you gone my handsome Billy?

Sun down, sun down
The carnival trains leave town
Where are you now darling Billy?

We won't be dancing together on the high wire
Facing the lions with you at my side anymore
We won't be breathing the smoke and the fire
On the midway

Hanging from the trapeze
My wrists waiting for your wrists
Two daredevils high upon the wall of death
He throws the knife, it lands inches from my head
Sun down

Moon rise, moon rise
The light that was in your eyes is gone
Daybreak, daybreak
The singing you had made me ache is gone

We'll be riding the train without you tonight
The train that keeps on moving
Its black smoke scorching the evening sky
Millions of stars shining above us like every soul living and dead
It's been gathered together by God
Sing a hymn over your bones

Sun down, sun down
Empty are the fairgrounds
Where are you now handsome Billy?


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"The Last Carnival" as written by Bruce Springsteen

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    General CommentWe'll be riding the train without you tonight
    The train that keeps on movin' - This song's about moving on without Danny... We all miss him
    kiekerjan666on January 28, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt's also symbolic of Danny's role in the E-Street band coming full circle... on their first album, Wild Billy's Circus Story depicts a kid at the circus being amazed by it all and in the end joining them... now Billy's gone, and the circus has to keep moving on... an amazing reference really. A great tribute.
    whiteman90909on January 31, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthis song is one of the most emotional songs i've heard,although it's about danny RIP i think alot of people can relate to it with other people that's been in their lives too,what a song!makes me sad listening to it and admit i can shed a tear while doing so on my own but in a good way,after all these years Bruce's music can still play with my emotions,what a guy!
    Vik_Mackeyon January 30, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe line about "two daredevils" really resonates. Danny Federici was considered the wild one in the band and was always pulling ridiculous stunts and even sometimes running from the law.
    Wendy26on March 02, 2009   Link
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    General CommentA "dead friend" song, not as good as Terry's Song (bonus track off Magic). I think it's cool how it ties in with Wild Billy's Circus Story, like completing the end of an era. Kind of like My Hometown and Long Walk Home. I’m not really familiar with Wild Billy's Circus Story, but I’m guessing it must have been a Danny specialty, much like Sandy, except no one really cared about it. An odd touch to have the gospel choir-like ending...Danny's ascension into heaven? Eh why not?
    gjack2211on September 19, 2009   Link
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    MemoryHow young I was for most of Bruce's career, and so I never really recognized the individuals and their contributions to the music. I remember going back and listening to so much of "Danny's songs" when he finally passed... and then I understood.

    Danny, Clarence, we miss you brothers.
    ncc74656mon November 17, 2012   Link

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