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Carnival by Natalie Merchant

Album: TigerlilyReleased: 1995Charted:
  • This song was played at the funeral of serial killer Aileen Wuornos as part of her final request. She had listened to the song and the entire album Tigerlily continually while on death row. When confronted with this, Natalie was initially shocked but gave permission to use the song in the documentary Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer, saying that "It's very odd to think of the places my music can go once it leaves my hands. If it gave her some solace, I have to be grateful." Wuornos was also the subject of the film Monster. (thanks, Shaney - Harlingen, TX)
  • Merchant performed this song, along with "Wonder," on an episode of Saturday Night Live hosted by David Schwimmer in 1995.
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Comments: 7

Her voice reminds me of Carole King,I knew her from 10,000 maniacs,but as a soloist,she's greater,now on the video the guitarist messed up the solo,lolJorge - Bronx, Ny
..."have I been hypnotized, mezmerized, by what my eyes have seen...." pretty well describes those things in life that are so very troubling. I guess that's why we listen to some know we're not the only one who is troubled.Heather - Los Angeles, Ca
I fully agree with the four previous comments, Natalie is an outstanding songwriter and singer...
{When I first heard "Wonder" I thought it was about the second coming of Christ and this time Christ came as a woman!!!}
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
K., Brooklyn -- I just made a similar, but lengthier appeal under the song, "What's the Matter Here?" -- that and "Eat for Two" listed under 10,000 Maniacs, and this song--those 3 are it for Natalie on this site as of now (2009 Oct 27-28). I'd like to see "Candy Everybody Wants," "Don't Talk," "Jealousy," "Like the Weather," "These Are the Days," "Trouble Me," and "Wonder," for starters. As I said under "Matter," Natalie and her voice still give me goosebumps!Fred - Laurel, Md
I wish there were more Natalie Merchant songs on the site. She is an extremely talented singer/songwriter w/ a resonant voice. Her songs have such a wealth of meaning behind them & I would like to find out about the facts behind them.K. - Bklyn, Ny
Yes, she is a great songwriter. I guess it's just hard to put into words the actual meaning of a song. But this one really resonates with me, although I don't quite know why.Heather - Los Angeles, Ca
i absolutely love this song..she is just a great singer and the lyrics are greatMarco - Brownsville, Tx
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