"Carousel" as written by Thomas Chad, Phil Titus, Benjamin Giddings, Stephen Sparrow and Andrew Hayes....
Late night
Step on the carousel
And spend all night
Spinning round and round
Hold tight
And no don't you let go
Until daylight
Pours through your window
I long for the smell of your hair,
The smell of your hair

And all this time
In a hiding place, in a hiding place
All our lives, with a melody all our own
All this time
Yeah we might as well, we might as well
Close our eyes, singing a melody all our own

Sometimes
We talk on the telephone
Running dry
The conversation slows
Red lights
And plans not set in stone
Well I'm up all night
Until you get home
I long for the smell of your hair,
The smell of your hair

And all this time
In a hiding place, in a hiding place
All our lives, singing a melody all our own
All this time
Yeah we might as well, we might as well
Close our eyes, singing a melody all our own

And all this time
In a hiding place, in a hiding place
All our lives, singing a melody all our own
All this time
Yeah we might as well, we might as well
Close our eyes, singing a melody all our own


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    My Interpretation"Spinning round and round
    Hold tight
    And no don't you let go
    Until daylight
    Pours through your window"

    I interpret this song as someone who is in a relationship that has been going through a rough patch. "Hold tight, and no, don't let go", this lyric suggests that the carousel is actually a metaphor for getting the pair back on track. The fact that he talks of her not letting go of this carousel until 'daylight pours into her window' supports my view of the carousel not being real, as a carousel is obviously too big to fit into a room. Which is normal for songs... to have an object or an animal be symbolic of their love. A carousel is considered fun and lively, but safe; yet, he sounds like he's making out that it isn't. A child is someone that should 'hold on tight' not an adult, suggesting how their love is like childs play. He 'longs for the smell' of her hair, it's almost like a desperation; her hair is a metaphor for a comfort blanket of some sort, something that keeps him sane.

    "And all this time
    In a hiding place, in a hiding place
    All our lives, with a melody all our own"

    The chorus highlights his despair, he's blaming the trickiness on how their lives are a 'melody' all their own. This could either symbolise how he is talking of a joint life, their lives create this melody and that the chorus is the break from the verse that's his conscience telling him that by chasing her he's doing the right thing. Alternatively, the chorus could be proving the strain in their relationship as their 'melody' is a representation of how different they are at heart. Which goes back to the 'smell of her hair' as being something he can hold onto. Something so small and insignificant, but has a powerful hold over him.

    "Running dry
    The conversation slows
    Red lights
    And plans not set in stone"

    The struggle he is going through heightens as the two can't talk of anything substantial. Which should not be happening if it is love you feel, which is obvious that their feelings have subsided and have taken a toll. What I find unusual is that you don't really know what has gone wrong, he never sings of that. Just the present, which means that he is confused and lost about why she isn't happy anymore. "And plans not set in stone", furthers my point on their relationship being like a child's. Innocent and quick to move on, no real substance on her, or maybe his part, too.
    The return to the chorus and no third verse is the ultimatum of their lives. "Close our eyes, singing a melody all our own", he is savouring the last few moments of their time together before they part. All in all, the story behind this song is very relatable, as many people have experienced a relationship where there once was passion and you can't even remember when it all went wrong. The tune is fantastic and not all that melancholic, which is stereotypical of 'Morning Parade', but could also represent how the loss of this relationship actually hasn't strained him as a person and how he is moving on.

    I wish more people knew of this song, it's such a good one!
    AprilIzzardon May 18, 2012   Link

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