"Carnival Bum" as written by and Joe Ely....
The carnival is closed for the winter
The gates are full of nails
All my belongings in a camper truck
In front of some hellhole motel

The rides are wrapped in canvass
There's a smell of snow in the air
They're taking apart the Ferris wheel
Like a game of solitaire

Love, oh, love, I will be home
When the trees are bare and brown
For without you I'm just a carnival bum
Whose fate goes round and round
Whose fate goes round and round

When little Maggie lost Big Earle
Man, that was about it for her
She was MIA in the day to day
The next three years were a blur

I left home when Maggie checked out
I been a snowbird ever since
I work the circuit in the summertime
Come winter I jump the fence

Love, oh, love, I will be home
When the trees are bare and brown
For without you I'm just a carnival bum
Whose fate goes round and round
Whose fate goes round and round

Darkness comes with the headlights
It gives me a little relief
I feel a little more like a leaf in the wind
And a little bit less like a thief

Sometimes I feel I stole life itself
I'm as lucky as a man can be
The carnival is closed for the winter
But it don't matter to me

Love, oh, love, I will be home
When the trees are bare and brown
For without you I'm just a carnival bum
Whose fate goes round and round
Whose fate goes round and round


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"Carnival Bum" as written by Joe Ely

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