On a Carousel

Album: On A Carousel 1963-1974 The Ultimate Hollies CD (1967)
Charted: 4 11


  • The song is about riding up and down on the carousel of emotions of a typical romance.
  • The Hollies fanclub magazine is called "Carousel."
  • The B-side is The Hollies' first attempt at psychedelia, "All The World Is Love."
  • When the Hollies recorded in 1967 they were filmed by Granada Television for a documentary about the Pop business.
  • The earliest known record of a carousel is a Byzantine etching from 500 AD which shows riders swinging in baskets tied to a central pole. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for all above

Comments: 7

  • Nick from Manchester Uk I adore this track, however, I wish the drums were a bit louder. They seem to be drowned out by the tambourine.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn April 16th 1965, the Hollies appeared at the Paramount Theater in New York City, it was their first live performance in the U.S.A.
    At the time they did not have a record on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; but between 1964 and 1975 the group had twenty-two Top 100 records; six* made the Top 10 with their biggest hit being "Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress)", it peaked at #2 {for 2 weeks} in 1972; the two weeks it was at #2, the #1 record for both those weeks was "Alone Again (Naturally)" by Gilbert O’Sullivan...
    * They just missed having a seventh Top 10 record when "On A Carousel" peaked at #11 in 1967.
  • Steve from Northampton EnglandI've often wondered why the lyrics 'as she leaves she drops the PRESENTS that she won before' are not 'drops the PRIZES.....', as surely you win a prize, not a present. Maybe the lyrics just flow better.
  • Rachel from Nashville, TnI feel like there's an elephant in the room -- I can't be the only one that's noticed that "On a Carousel" sounds EXACTLY like a lesser-quality Beatles song.? It sounds so much like the Beatles that I googled to see if Paul/John wrote it and gave it to the Hollies. I am shocked that no one else on this gleefully sardonic internet has pointed this out.
  • Mrcleaveland from Cleveland,Love the harmonies on this one.
  • Jeff from Ft. Lauderdale, FlGlass Moon did a really nice cover of this song in 1982.
  • Kevin from Reading , PaGraham Nash of CSN(Y)co-wrote this and is featured on vocals, though I would presume that most people learned enough in rock to look this song up would already know as much.
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