"I Stayed Too Long at the Fair" as written by and William C. Barnes....
Hmm, hmm
Hmm, hmm

I wanted the music to play on forever
Have I stayed too long at the fair?
I wanted the clown to be constantly clever
Have I stayed too long at the fair?
I bought me blue ribbons to tie up my hair
But I couldn't find anybody to care
The merry-go-round is beginning to slow now
Have I stayed too long at the fair?
The music has stopped and the children must go now
Have I stayed too long at the fair?

Oh, mother dear, I know you're very proud
Your little girl and kingdom is so far above the crowd
No, daddy dear
You never could have known
That I would be successful, yet so very much alone
I wanted to live in a carnival city
With laughter and love everywhere
I wanted my friends to be thrilling and witty
I wanted somebody to care
I found my blue ribbons all shiny and new
But now I discover them no longer blue
The merry-go-round is beginning to taunt me
Have I stayed too long at the fair?
There is nothing to win
And there's no one to want me
Have I stayed too long at the fair?


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"I Stayed Too Long at the Fair" as written by William C. Barnes

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    General CommentI love this song! I don't think it's talking about an actual fair though. I think it's talking about a woman who has gone through life, maybe in denial that the man she loved did not feel the same about her,and is just now waking up, realizing life has passed her by and she's waisted her time on a man who doesn't love her. She can no longer live in denial and there's nothing she can do to save the situation, too much time has passed and now she's just realizing she's alone and has no one:
    I found my blue ribbons all shiny and new
    But now I discover them no longer blue...
    The merry-go-round is beginning to taunt me,
    Have I stayed too long at the fair?
    There's nothing to win
    And there's no one to want me
    Have I stayed too long at the fair?

    Thats what I think it means. It's very haunting and sad. but it makes you wonder if you're staying too long at the fair and if it's time to move on.
    dustinatoron July 27, 2008   Link

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