"Carousel" as written by Ashley Glenn Gorley and Bryan Simpson....
You clamber up and look behind
Their watchful eyes, the helping hands
A hen that's fierce and painted blue
With red eyes wants to swallow you

A dragon dives and soars on tracks
The hands that strap you to it's back
You turned around and look behind
Their smiling eyes won't help you down

Their tiny hands, their tiny feet
Such little hearts to miss a beat

Grotesque dwarves in mirrored rooms
Pulled and taut a thousand yous
Staring back through stinging tears
Remembering those fun house thrills

The paintbox tunes and wild balloons
Their watchful eyes, you start to swoon
Oh, painted vile in lurid hue
The snarling horse that waits for you

It's motor whirs and colors curl
Inside your head the monsters whirl

It's motor whirs and colors curl
Inside your head the monsters whirl

In sucked out
Time stood still
Roundabout back
Carousel
Time stood still
And you remember it well

In sucked out
Time stood still
Roundabout back
Carousel
Time stood still
And you remember it well

Carousel
Carousel



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"Carousel" as written by Bryan Simpson Ashley Gorley

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  • +3
    General CommentBad trip- your favorite image can turn on you- another cycle of life- likewise what you hate can turn beautiful!
    one of my favorites
    xianificenton July 11, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is super creepy. All those traumatizing childhood visions of the carnival are captured wonderfully.
    FilibusterManon June 29, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA small child at a funpark. Simple as that. The carnival horses and funhouse mirrors nd high/fast rides can be kinda scary to a four-year-old, but scary in a fun way
    CuteSparkinaon July 16, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentStrange, trippy and simple. I like it
    Lateralus518on November 28, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationSteve Severin wrote about this song:

    "'Carousel' is trying to remember what's its like when you're a child--it's a bit cinematic and it reminds me of films like Funhouse or Hitchcock's Strangers On A Train, with the carousel at the end. It's not particularly horrific, but it gives a great feel. I think we did throw Caligari in there too!"

    I always thought it was more than that. No one writes such a creepy song without something really dark in mind.

    It starts out describing a carnival ride, but it quickly becomes more than that. the images in the carnival bring to mind painful memories for you (second person narrative).

    "Their tiny hands, their tiny feet
    Such little hearts to miss a beat"

    So in looking at the kids (teenagers most likely) around, you think of how young you were when this happened (and must have been around that age). This, coupled with the descriptions of the surroundings, that in the moment of the event in question, "time stood still," and the vividness of the memories make it highly significant.

    "Roundabout back
    Carousel"

    wraps it up.

    Something terrible happened to this person as a kid at the carnival, behind the carousel. After what must have been years it still brings up a surrealist nightmare, and triggers what seems like dissociation when recalling it.

    Which is pretty dark.
    likerawrdudeon October 11, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General Commentone of my fave banshees song...siouxsie sioux's voice creeps all over your skin..

    x
    rahtwinkleon October 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentpeekaboo is a childish saying, coinsidently the albums title.
    HappyGoon February 25, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of my favorite SATB songs.
    SailorPon April 29, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"SIOUXSIE: It is trying to remember what its like when you are a child - its a bit cinematic and it reminds me of films like 'Funhouse' or Hitchcock's Strangers On A Train, with the carousel at the end." Source: BSIDE 02/89.
    JJKelsallon December 01, 2012   Link

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