"Life Is A Carnival" as written by Robbie Robertson, Mark Levon Helm and Rick Danko....
You can walk on the water
Drown in the sand
You can fly off a mountaintop
If anybody can

Run away, run away (run away, run away)
It's the restless age
Look away, look away (look away, look away)
You can turn the page

Hey, buddy, would you like to buy a watch real cheap?
Here on the street
I got six on each arm
And two more 'round my feet

Life is a carnival
Believe it or not
Life is a carnival
Two bits a shot

Saw a man with a jinx
In the third degree
From trying to deal with people
People, you can't see

Take away, take away (take away, take away)
This house of mirrors
Give away, give away (give away, give away)
All the souvenirs

We're all in the same boat ready to float
Off the edge of the world
The flat old world
The street is a sideshow
From the peddler to the corner girl

Life is a carnival
It's in the book
Life is a carnival
Take another look

Hey, buddy, would you like to buy a watch real cheap?
Here on the street
I got six on each arm
And two more 'round my feet

Life is a carnival
Believe it or not
Life is a carnival
Two bits a shot

Life is a carnival
Life is a carnival
Life is a carnival


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"Life Is a Carnival" as written by Rick Danko Mark Levon Helm

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    General CommentI love the optimism in this song. To me, it's about all of life's possibilities. Everything in life is a risk; sometimes the outcome is positive, and sometimes it's not. It all depends on how you look at it.
    NorthWriteron August 01, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentD.T. Suzuki said "life is a ship about to set sail and sink."
    J. Krishnamurti said "the world is a circus."
    And my own Gurumayi tells a tale of a palace of mirrors. The
    story is the Thousand Mirrors, I believe.
    So, the band is really with it with this tune. They have studied
    the deeper side of life.
    FolkStarEd61on July 10, 2013   Link

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