"Carrie" as written by Mic Michaeli and Joey Tempest....
When light goes down, I see no reason
For you to cry. We've been through this before
In every time, in every season,
God knows I've tried
So please don't ask for more.

Can't you see it in my eyes
This might be our last goodbye

Carrie, Carrie, things they change my friend
Carrie, Carrie, maybe we'll meet again

I read your mind, with no intentions
Of being unkind, I wish I could explain
It all takes time, a whole lot of patience
If it's a crime, how come I feel no pain.

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"Carrie" as written by Michael Bolton

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  • +2
    General CommentThis is one of the saddest songs ever. Still, it's so beautiful, with smoky vocals. Sometimes one of my friends used to sing this to me because my name is Carrie. Good times.
    goddesscarolineon June 22, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis was one of my all-time 80s rock songs. Europe was such a wonderful group and the lyrics and music are excellent. I've always thought the lyrics almost had a science fiction tint at the end with the "I read your mind with no intentions of being unikind...I wish I could explain. It all takes time and a whole lot of patience. If It's a crime, how come I feel no pain." Very interesting.

    One of my top five fav songs of the 80s, and definately of all time.
    SongMeaningson May 28, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentit's about letting go, and how it's hard without hurting the other person
    sazbo-19on September 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIts about how hard it is to say goodbye, but also being optimistic about the future "maybe we'll meet ... again.... somewhere.... again"....
    Meaning it's over but maybe it doesn't have to be over forever.
    This song is a definite classic that will live on forever!
    SpiritOfTheUnderdogon June 30, 2005   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI believe this song is referring to someone overdosing. "We've been through this before" , "can't you see it in my eyes that this might be our last goodbye" and "If it's a crime, how come I feel no pain" being the lyrics that made me come to that conclusion. Love this song. Was always one of my favorites.
    MelandAngon January 07, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhen i was a kid, probably 4 or 5 i loved this band...even years later, i still play the album i made my mum buy for me when i was 10...
    Kezon July 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhen I was younger, I wanted my name to be Carrie. Europe is my favorite band of all time, and this is one my favorite songs. I miss Europe.
    txteacheron October 09, 2004   Link
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    General Commentyes i still remember the first time i heard Carrie i was so drawn in to it made me wish i was Carrie then and i have to say to hear this song live wow....
    flamegirlon June 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is one of the most beautiful ballads that I have ever heard.
    mindielee74on June 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentHonestly, this song was more of a pre-teen, school dance sort of thing for me. Now, I don't listen to this song at all, except for occasionally playing the intro on my keyboard.

    I've always thought that this song was written with Joey's long-time girlfriend at that time, Elizabeth. Sounded like he knew it was coming to an end, with the band's sudden success. They did break up a few years later.
    lebarongirl2000on July 01, 2005   Link

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