There's a clown

And he's painting his face with a smile

But he's frowning inside all the while

Making plans for the show of his life


There's a light

That was turned off inside him one night

Extinguished and hidden and cold

But not out

Now the flame burns dark


Roll up roll up

Get down get down

The carnival is coming to town

The curtains up

The lights are down

The carnival is coming to town


People come from miles around

To come and see the show

Fireworks and candles

That everybody knows

And so it goes

There's a circus every day

And it really takes your breath away


There's a man

And he's trying as hard as he can

To believe what he's doing is right

After all he always draws a crowd


There's a sigh

As the carnival lights up the sky

And the crowd go their separate ways

No one shows, but everybody pays


Roll up roll up

Get down get down

The carnival is coming to town

The curtains up

The lights are down

The carnival is coming to town


People come from miles around

To come and see the show

Fireworks and candles

That everybody knows

And so it goes

There's a circus every day

And it really takes your breath away


You really should have been there

We laughed until we cried

They really brought the house down

But none of us survived


Roll up roll up roll up

The lights are down

The carnival is coming

The carnival is coming

The carnival is coming

The carnival is coming

The carnival is coming

It's coming...


Lyrics submitted by melodymaker

Carnival song meanings
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