"Carousels" as written by and Gaynor Elsbeth Sadler Anthony George Sadler....
On a bus ride into town
I wondered, "Why am I going to town?"
As I looked around
At the billboards and the stores
I thought, "Why do I look around?"
I got up and bowed
And I kissed the filthy ground
And in the first dry spot I found I laid back down
Without having to wonder
Why I was laying down

Before long I was too cold
And so I took a bus back to the station
I found a letter left by a pay phone
With no return contact
And it read like a horn blown
By some sad angel:
"Bunny, it was me
It was me who let you down"
It was the shyest attempt
I'd ever seen at conversation

If I didn't have you as my guide
I'd still wander lost in Sinai
Counting the plates of cars from out of state
(How I could jump in their path as they hurry along!)
Until you surround me
You're pretty but you're all I can see
Like a thick fog
If there was no way into God
I would never have laid in this grave of a body
For so long

St. Cyril's fair always came through
The first week of September
But it's already the 19th
And there's no sign of it yet
I have a hard time remembering
The things I should remember
And a hard time forgetting
All the things I should forget

Oh Christ, when you're ready to come back
I think I'm ready for you to come back
But if you want to stay wherever exactly it is you are
That's okay too -
It's really none of my business

And if I didn't have you as my guide
I'd still be wandering lost in Sinai
Or down by the tracks
Watching trains go by to remind me:
There are places that aren't here
I had a well but all the water left
So I'll ask for your forgiveness
With every breath
If there was no way into God
I would never have laid in this grave of a body
So long, dear

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"Carousels" as written by Gaynor Elsbeth Sadler Anthony George Sadler

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  • +2
    General CommentI'm not religious in any way, but this song just makes me feel like I should be. I love mewithoutYou, even if they're a Christian band. Anyway, I really don't know what this song is about, so that's why I came to read what other people think and I agree with michrenbou.

    I read something that Aaron Weiss said and he said that "Catch For Us The Foxes" was going to be a lot more about his spiritual journey and finding God.

    I think this song sums up that whole journey for him. I also think they should have put this as the last track on the CD instead of 2nd to last...it would have ended the album better, atleast that's my opinion.
    Thursdayloveon November 17, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis song is simply amazing. Its one of the best Mewithoutyou songs, and it works like a charm if you listen to it before you go to bed
    GeeEyeGeffon February 09, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe first stanza is all about how society these days is all about being materialistically "wealthy". hes asking himself why do i go to town and look at all theses signs or store advertisments? its because, (only just realising) that he subconsiously wants more matieral posessions so he can feel a sense of belonging. not quite sure what the next little bit is but i think its just about humbling himself. the chorus is about how without God he would be lost. sinai was around the same place where moses and his people wandered in the desert for forty years. he is thinking about ending it all (jumping in the way of the cars) until God surrounds him with his love and he finds a sense of hope. im unsure about the next bit: "your pretty but your all i can see, like a thick fog" it could be a girl and how she got in the way of him getting closer to God (all i can see, thick fog) but aaron uses a girl as metaphors a lot, usually as temptation. in this case it could be the wordly things, new clothes, car etc. just thoughts
    holdfaston January 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song absolutely amazes me. I'm muslim and I love it. I can't believe how much emotion is in his voice.. and everytime I hear it, it just makes me want to be so much closer to God... that's a true gift.. There's a lot of goodness in it. What an inspiration.
    thursdaynighton October 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAlright I just wanted to clear a couple things up really quickly. First right after the chorus the lyrics that Aaron sings are "And Bonner fair always came through" referring to Monsignor Bonner High School where most (if not all) of the band attended high school. It's right outside of Philadelphia and I know this cause I live right near it.

    Second, in response to mewithoutyou#1fan Aaron does not suffer from autism. This is a rumor which he says he can understand by the way he sometimes moves on stage. Here is part of an interview he did with Drew Ailes from Lambgoat:

    [Drew] There isn't really that much, I didn't mean to worry you. One of the things I was referring to is that someone started a rumor that you were autistic or something like that.

    [Aaron] Yeah.

    [Drew] That was the one that really stuck out. Then there was a flurry of people going back and forth, saying it was someone else, or saying that you had some other condition....I was just kind of taken back by the fact that people were discussing it. I searched around for it and I couldn't find any other information aside from rumors.

    [Aaron] For me, yeah. It's almost just like, a curiosity. It's sort of funny. I laughed when I heard that. People have asked me, "so I heard you're autistic," and I'm like, "....no?" It's funny that people would say that without knowing. Obviously, it's not true where ever they got it from. It just goes to show that you can't believe everything you hear or read. When you read things about yourself that you know aren't true, it's just sort of like, "okay, this is just the way things go." But no, it's not hard. People can say whatever they want. I've never been terribly private about guarding my business or, "hey, don't talk about me." The way I see it, nobody is my judge except for God and nobody is going to convince God of anything any different than the truth. It's not even saying something bad about me, like, "he's a rapist or a murderer," or something like that. And even if people started to say that, again, our God knows the truth. It doesn't matter what people say.
    rabidsqwirlon December 13, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthe first time i heard this song i had to listen to it about 10 times because it was so great. one of my favorites off of 'catch for us the foxes'.

    maybe its just me, but mewithoutyou reminds me of a new age moss icon, maybe because of all their spoken word and just random explosions of emotion.. plus very poetic lyrics.
    DarkerShadeofWinteron October 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyes yes i agree.

    my favorite part is:
    i have a hard time remembering the things i should remember,
    and a hard time forgetting all the things i should forget.
    Oh Christ, when you're ready to come back,
    i think im ready for you to come back,
    but if you want to stay wherever exactly it is you are, that's okay too -
    its really none of my business.

    it shows true emotion
    eeekkgirlon October 12, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti love the fact that they are very Christian and aren't afraid to show it and have such a great following, without having to be labeled Christian rock or something. i adore them far too much.
    onparisstreetson October 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenttheyre emotions arent random or "explosions" at all, darkershadeofwinter
    thegreatcreatoron October 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song
    it doesn't go towards any cliche lyrically
    its like he's conversing with himself
    and its awesom
    chadeouson October 18, 2004   Link

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