Life is Carnival

For whatever reason this song has been stuck in my head for the past week. I heard it on the radio on my way into work one day and ever since the lyrics have circling my thoughts… and I felt the need to share. The song is “Life is a Carnival” by “The Band”… and unless you a child of the 60’s and 70’s, my guess is you have never heard of “The Band”.

The song was written by (the late great)Rick Danko, (the late great)Levon Helm, and (the amazing)Robbie Robertson and was released in 1971. I just can’t help but think that there are some messages in this song that are relevant today.

“You can walk on the water, drown in the sand
You can fly off a mountaintop if anybody can

Run away, run away–it’s the restless age
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 the jinx in the third degree
From trying to deal with people–people you can’t see

Take away, take away, this house of mirrors
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”

Any thoughts?

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