"Merry Go Round" as written by and Paul Westerberg....
Hush was the first word you were taught
And they watched you wear
The clothes they claimed that they bought
They brought you down
To watch the merry-go around

In fall, you knew how much it cost
A trouble doll
Around your neck when you lost
You wouldn't make a sound
But I could hear your little heart pound
And I watched your feet slip off the ground

Merry go round in dreams
Writes 'em down, it seems
When she sleeps, she's free
Merry go round in dreams

You wake to another day and find
The wind's blowing out of key with your sky
Only you can see
And the rain dancing in the night
Everybody stands around in delight

Merry go round in dreams
Writes 'em down, it seems
When she sleeps, she's free
Merry go round in dreams

And everybody thinks she's sick
She's got two worlds she can pick
And she's sad

Hush is the only word you know
And I stopped listening long ago
They ignored me with a smile
You as a child
But the trouble doll hears your heart pound
And your feet they say goodbye to the ground

Merry go round in dreams
Writes 'em down it seems
When she sleeps, she's free
Merry go round in dreams

Merry go round in dreams
Merry go round in me
Merry go round
Round and round in me
Merry go round
Round and round in me


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"Merry Go Round" as written by Paul Westerberg

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  • +1
    General Commenta song about paul's sister mary.
    in the first verse "they" refers to paul and mary's parents.
    great song, those harsh judgemental words from paul are a nice counterpoint to the soothing melody
    thunderbatson August 21, 2008   Link
  • +1
    Lyric CorrectionAlways thought it was: "And everybody thinks she's sittin' / She's got two worlds that she can fit in."
    gnomeamon March 14, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI believe this song is about a shy young girl who gets teased by her classmates because all of her clothes are from second hand stores or garage sales. "And they watched you wear the clothes that they claimed that they bought." "In Fall, you knew how much it cost" When school starts up in the fall most kids get to go shopping for new clothes. The girl in this song did not and it made her sad because she just wanted to fit in. I know the feeling, when I was a kid most of my clothes were from garage sales. Once when I was around 12 this girl came up to me in the lunchroom and said "My brothers shirt fits you well."
    JohnGalt23on March 28, 2013   Link

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