"The Carousel" as written by Ronald Fair, Stefanie J. Ridel and Nicolas Jack Scapa....
I've been so in love
I stutter as my life unfolds
Don't ask you won't be told.

You broke the promise
I'm lying on the floor tonite
To dream of all those empty memories of singing on that carousel we'd ride together.

Hey Mother, Hey hey Mother, why do you cry? Tell me what the birds have said about my father.

Hey Father, Hey hey Father, what do you know? "Lovers on the carousel won't ride forever."

I walk to the ocean. I'm looking through kaliedoscopes to see the colors.
Don't say, You "saw writing on the walls," if you believe that simple words will make a difference.

Sick sick my heart. I want to die, so that I can stop this crying.

Lyrics submitted by musicandnintendo

"The Carousel" as written by Stefanie J. Ridel Ronald Fair

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

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    General Commentthis song was so unbelievably good live. I had no idea who they were until they played this really small local show outside DC...man. awesome.
    fritobanditoon November 25, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti didn't know who they were either until i saw them with copeland lovedrug and acceptance
    they were so good, this was the best song... they got really into it, especially the guitarists
    wokeupinacaron April 07, 2005   Link
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    General Commentyea i saw them on the same tour, in a bar in brooklyn they are quite an amazing band
    tobcoreon March 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this is about a divorce as you said. I also feel that it sung from the view point of the child caught in between it all as he is asking his parents questions. He also sings "I've been so in love," as in the past tense meaning he no longer is. Maybe he doesn't love his parents because they abandoned him in a way. Just my current take on the song.
    Shaolin2419on January 09, 2007   Link
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    General Commentamazing song. i agree about the divorce. i think that his father cheated and the mom wanted the divorce..."tell me what the birds have said about my father."
    thatshot3930on January 10, 2007   Link
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    General Commentis it just me or does it sound like the very last line of the song is "lovers on the carousel dont ride the other ones"
    or am i crazy?
    xStickxCorexon April 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentNo, it's not just you. At the end all I could manage to catch was "Don't ride the other ones." So, I'm sure you're right.

    I just came across this song and I absolutely love it. It's just awesome. It's not overly complex lyrically, but it has some symbolism and thought behind it; which is good.

    I'd have to agree that this sounds a lot like divorce. "Lovers on the carousel won't ride forever." Maybe he's a kid realizing that things you thought would just be there forever really aren't. A child's first realization that everything isn't the way they've always thought.
    thecoldparton May 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentDan has said repeatedly, it's a song about nothing and has dedicated it to his father, "Who always tries to find meaning in things that don't often need it."
    TheLionTameron August 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is by far my favorite song by them and my favorite song. Amazing!
    Peacock Policeon September 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think it sounds more like the mother has passed away. So her promise was that she'd always be there for her son, and she converses with the birds because she is in heaven.
    SamuraiMooseon September 23, 2007   Link

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