The Last Carnival

Album: Working on a Dream (2009)

Songfacts®:

  • Springsteen wrote this song about the death of Daniel Federici, his organ player and E Street Band stalwart. He explained to the Observer Music Monthly January 2009: "It started out as a way of making sense of his passing. He was a part of that sound of the boardwalk the band grew up with and that's something that's going to be missing now."

    Federici died on April 17, 2008 having suffered for three years with Melanoma.
  • Danny Ferderci's son, Jason, plays the accordion on this track.

Comments: 3

  • Marty from Milwaukee, WiThe billy referred to in this song is the same Billy from the earlier song Wild Billy's Circus Story from The Wild The Innocent and The E Street Shuffle. The Last Carnival is a beautiful goodbye to Danny Federici.
  • Matt from Ft. Lauderdale, FlBeautiful album closer. Danny will be missed forever.
  • Marty from Mount Vernon, IaThis is song is stunningly beautiful yet hauntingly sad. I love it. RIP Dan Federici.
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