She can't hide no matter how hard she tries
Her secret disguise behind her lies
And at night she cries away her pride
With eyes shut tight staring at her inside
All her friends know why she can't sleep at night
All her family asking if she’s all right
All she wants to do is get rid of this hell
Well all she's gotta do is stop kidding herself

She can only fool herself for so long
She can only fool herself for so long
She can only fool herself for so long
She can only fool herself

I'm too weak to face me
I never know just why you run
So far away, far away from me
I never know just why you run
So far away, far away from me

When it comes to how to live his life
He can't be told
Says he's got it all under control
Thinks he knows it's not a problem he’s stuck with
But in reality, it'd be a problem to just quit
An addict and he can't hold the reigns
The pain is worse cause his friends have it the same
Tries to slow down the problem he's got
But can't get off the carousel
Until he makes it stop

He can only fool himself for so long
He can only fool himself for so long
He can only fool himself for so long
He can only fool himself

I'm too weak to face me
I never know just why you run
So far away, far away from me
I never know just why you run
So far away, far away from me

Try to fly with the wings I gave you
Try to do what you believe and I'll save you
Try to fly with the wings I gave you
Try to do what you believe and I'll save you
I never know just why you run
So far away, far away from me
I never know just why you run
So far away, far away from me
I never know just why you run
So far away, far away from me
I never know just why you run
So far away, far away from me


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    General CommentI think the first verse is about a girl who was raped and is still tormented about it. The second verse is about a boy who is addicted to drugs. He thinks he doesn't have a problem and that he could quit if he wanted to. But he doesn't know how dependant he is. Even if he wanted to quit it would be doubly hard because his friends also have an addiction to drugs. If he got off them he would see how the drugs are slowly destroying his friends. This in itself would be enough to drive him back to taking drugs.

    "She/He can only fool himself for so long(x4)
    I'm too weak to face me"
    Those are my favorite lines in the song. It's saying that Although that the characters in this song don't want to believe that they have problems, one day their going to have to face everything. The second line is them screaming that they don't want to deal with these things because they're too weak to take a good look at themselves and see who they are. They'd rather pretend that everythigs fine, that they can handle everything.

    "Try to fly with the wings I gave you
    Try to do what you believe and I'll save you"
    I'm not sure about this part but I think a person who loves either of the characters is speaking to them. They are telling them try to hold on for a little while and then the'll come to rescue them and make everything better.

    "I never know just why you run
    So far away, far away from me"
    But they are still fooling themselves and they run away from this person who would have saved them from themselves. This person is saying that they don't know why they're running away from them when they could've helped.
    ilikeporkon July 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song, especially the begin cause i can relate to it, and the next part, i have friends that can
    sgmichelleon January 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI HAVE NEVER HEARD THIS SONG BEFORE, HOW CAN I GET THE ALBUM ??? BUT I LOVE THE LYRICS. I CAN TOTALLY REALTE TO THAT GIRL IN THE BEGINNING AND I HAVE A GUY FRIEND WHO THE SECOND PART OF THE SONG WAS MADE FOR. I LOVE LINKIN PARK!!!!
    Tracyon March 09, 2002   Link
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    General CommentYeh , same here ... it makes me think of one word .. denial ... i know it very well ... umm for the person who wants the album ... the hybrid theory cd is out .. which has really good songs on it.. every song is my favorite ..which doesnt happen much for me... but the other songs like carousel , and one, part of me, high voltage , set up and my december i havnt seen on a cd ..but just go to winmx.com download the mp3 shaering program winmx then go to winamp.com and download the mp3 player ... and type in those names and download ... you wont regret it.. also for high volatge theres a remix .. its the rock version and it totally kicks booty.... i cant wait for this bands next album or music video ... there in my opinion the best band out .. most creative .. i hope this helps....
    NIKKIEon March 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis was the first song i ever heard by linkin park...i dled iton napster before it died, and sam you are the best for introing me to linkin park
    uncgurlon April 15, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI have already heard this song because i downloaded it from Winmx. If you like Linkin Park a lot You will enjoy this song very Much!!
    LPfaNon April 15, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthey people, listen, i have gone through alot of these "linkin park songs, but dun get me wrong, linkin park is my favorite band, but you know what, carousel is not linkin park. teknically it is, but it is Hybrid Theory. as many of you may know, linkin park changed their name from hybrid theory, to the well known band today. which is one reason that linkin parks first album wasnt self titled, they just took their old band name and used it for the title of their cd.

    +-_=- BiNg -=_-+
    the_bing_thingon April 17, 2002   Link
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    General Commentlol, if you dun beleive me, go to hybridtheory.com

    l8r +-=_- BiNg -_=-+
    the_bing_thingon April 17, 2002   Link
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    General Commentok..well um ya this is one of my fav lp songs..and i am a BIG lp fan..and um i saw u guyz saying that u cant find the cd and stuff..well here is some info...the hybrid theory can be bought on EBAY but its super expensive...and i guess some of you have heard of LinkinParkUnderground (LPU) and when u join u get alot of kewl linkin park shit..the EP is included and a t-shirt that was specially designed by mike shinoda...and ALOT of other cool junk...o ya and by the way u would get ur own email addie @linkinpark.com and u would get a membership card that would let u meet lp at a concert..so ya if u wanna chek this stuff out go to.... lpunderground.com...and all that stuff is for only $25 and if u do end up joining tell them that xxlinkin97xx@linkinpark.com reffered u if u have any questions juss email me there...
    Xxlinkin97xXon April 18, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIt's about addiction...you can tell. In the beginning, "she can't hide no matter how hard she tries" says she just can't quit doing drugs, and she is dependent on them. "All her friends know why she can't sleep at night" in reference to her family asking if she's okay means they know she does drugs, and they possibly even give them to her. "But can't get off the carousel Until he makes it stop" is an excellent line, demonstrating that drug addiction just goes around in a big circle.
    evilangel09on May 18, 2002   Link

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