"Carnival" as written by and Kevin Toney....
I quit the carnival and moved next door
Thought I'd had enough but I wanted more
So now I'm sneaking out at night
I clean my face and shine my shoes
And go where I'm not supposed to

See I tamed a lion once I stole his roar
Stripped his pride away but he found more
So now he's out to take what's his and shove
My future in my face and scare me back in my place
So soon so soon you've got it beat 'til it eats you

See I left my flaming sword beside your bed
I woke to find it pressed against my neck
You wept suggestion never works
So now I'm trying something else
I shut my eyes hold on.. oh well
And I felt a feather fall a tree trunk split
Inside my lying mouth played violin
He said you should give up your voice
Before we both end up destroyed

I quit alrigh the purred good boy
You'll fall for anything when you're caught
You'll believe anyone and
I said that's not exactly true
Only you, you do what you do

You awake in the hospital in a thrift store suit
You hear your lover's voice from the waiting room
You shut your eyes and pray for peace
Think I'm not here this isn't me
This isn't something I would do
I know the complicated truth
A big top tent a firey sword
I make a mask of lions roar
But they're not real and never were
And soon she won't be real either
This is the life you went and earned
Because you never fucking learn
You could use up all of your years
Fixing the mess you make in here
So as her nervous dress draws closer
Dress heels click off their approach
You clutch your chest and whisper
"oh no, what will I do? what will I do?
My love, my love, what will I do?"

Lyrics submitted by godphauther, edited by cybenddragon

"Carnival" as written by Kevin Toney


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  • +2
    General CommentI agree, I think it's about drugs, he's girlfriend is trying to get him to quit and maybe he has been clean for a while but he slips and goes back to the "carnival", I think the lion again represents drugs, saying he tamed it once but now he's loosing control of it, the flaming sword is a needle perhaps and he's lover catches him using it, soon he finds himself in a hospital bed perhaps with regret for what he did and tryings to think of how he's going to explain what he did.
    Cyberghoston June 05, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"Carnival is a nightmare song. It's a song about buckling under the weight of your bad choices, bad behavior, about loss of control and lost love. It's a conscience song about strain and about waking up from a kind of fever dream... to an even more frightening and absurd but actual set of circumstances." -KD
    AllChokedUpon August 13, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy favorite new demo. No idea yet what it means to me, but the sound of this song is amazing. It's so dark and creepy...I imagine a really cool video of a dark creepy carnival with all this crazy shit. I mean, if Kevin made videos.
    rocksolidgurlon August 30, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentat least in the version i have, the 2008 demo, it says
    "i paint my face, i shine my shoes"
    "i shut my eyes, ho hum, oh well"
    "inside my lion laugh played violin"
    "only you, i do what you do"

    yeah, really only minor differences.
    absolutely amazing song though.
    jordynsaysrawron May 09, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti totally agree. i can't stop listening to it. haunting.
    modest_ericon September 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthas everyone else heard the latest version of this song?

    deuxiemechanceon September 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou mean the live version?
    Pi314on December 14, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"...the hypnotic and ominous "Carnival" sets the tone its with spacious, swirling flares of psychedelia, its dynamic exploration of tension and release playing against a nightmarish hallucination about lost willpower and the fear of finally waking up to a real life that's even crazier than your dreams"

    Off the Favorite Gentlemen website
    awfulGoodnesson February 19, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhich version is this? The album version is a bit different.
    Antonskeyon March 01, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenton the album version, does anyone else hear the death cab - y sound to it?
    not so much the lyrics, but everything else..
    HomerunHenryon March 11, 2009   Link

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