Carnival

Album: Tigerlily (1995)
Charted: 10
  • Well, I've walked these streets
    A virtual stage, it seemed to me
    Makeup on their faces
    Actors took their places next to me

    Well, I've walked these streets
    In a carnival, of sights to see
    All the cheap thrill seekers vendors and the dealers
    They crowded around me

    Have I been blind have I been lost
    Inside myself and my own mind
    Hypnotized, mesmerized by what my eyes have seen?

    Well, I've walked these streets
    In a spectacle of wealth and poverty
    In the diamond markets the scarlet welcome carpet
    That they just rolled out for me

    And I've walked these streets
    In the madhouse asylum they can be
    Where a wild-eyed misfit prophet
    On a traffic island stopped and he raved of saving me

    Have I been blind, have I been lost
    Inside myself and my own mind
    Hypnotized, mesmerized by what my eyes have seen

    Have I been wrong, have I been wise
    To shut my eyes and play along
    Hypnotized, paralyzed by what my eyes have found
    By what my eyes have seen
    What they have seen?

    Have I been blind
    Have I been lost
    Have I been wrong
    Have I been wise
    Have I been strong
    Have I been hypnotized, mesmerized by what my eyes have found
    In that great street carnival

    Have I been blind
    Have I been lost
    Have I been wrong
    Have I been wise
    Have I been strong
    Have I been hypnotized, mesmerized by what my eyes have found
    In that great street carnival

    In that carnival Writer/s: PETER ANDERS SVENSSON, MAGNUS SVENINGSSON, NINA PERSSON
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group, Downtown Music Publishing
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 7

  • Jorge from Bronx, NyHer 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,lol
  • Heather from Los Angeles, Ca..."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 music...to know we're not the only one who is troubled.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyI 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!!!}
  • Fred from Laurel, MdK., 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!
  • K. from Bklyn, NyI 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.
  • Heather from Los Angeles, CaYes, 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.
  • Marco from Brownsville, Txi absolutely love this song..she is just a great singer and the lyrics are great
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