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Melanie Martinez - Carousel

[Chorus]
Round and round like horse on a carousel
We go
Will I catch up to love I can never tell
If I'll know
Chasing after you is like a fairy tale
But I feel like I'm glued on tight to this carousel
[Verse 1]
Come, Come one come all
You must be this tall to ride this ride at the carnival
Oh come take my hand
And run through play land
So high too high at the carnival
[Bridge]
And it's all fun a games
'Till somebody falls in love
But you've already bought a ticket
And there's no turning back now
[Chorus]
Round and round like a horse on a carousel
We go
Will I catch up to love I can never tell
If I'll know
Chasing after you is like a fairy tale
But I fell like I'm glued on tight to this carousel
[Verse 2]
This horse is too slow
We're always this close
Almost almost
We're a freak show
Right, right when I'm near
It's like you disappear
Where'd you go
Mr. Houdini, you're a freak show
[Bridge]
And it's all fun and games
'Till somebody falls in love
But you've already bought a ticket
And there's no turning back now
[Chorus]
Round and round like a horse on a carousel
We go
Will I catch up to love I can never tell
If I'll know
Chasing after you is like a fairy tale
But I feel like I'm glued on tight to this carousel
[Hook]
Why did you steal my cotton candy heart
You threw in this damn coin slot
And now I'm stuck, I'm stuck
Riding, riding, riding
[Chorus]
Round and round like a horse on a carousel
We go
Will I catch up to love I can never tell
If I'll know
Chasing after you is like a fairy tale
But I feel like I'm glued on tight to this carousel

“Carousel” exemplifies a love that goes in circles—Melanie sings about chasing after someone that she can never truly reach. This is the “first love encounter" on "Cry Baby", making her situation even more frustrating when she realizes she cannot move forward or grow in this relationship. In an interview with Billboard, Melanie said: "'“Carousel” is about my feeling in love with someone and being stuck on the same ride and trying to grab them but I never reach them.'" The official music video was filmed at a carnival in Melanie’s hometown of Long Island. It premiered on BuzzFeed on October 15th, 2014, “[bringing] the love-song-gone-wrong’s carousel metaphor to life.” “Carousel” was a single from Melanie’s first EP, "Dollhouse", and later appeared on her debut album, "Cry Baby". This song is famously known for being featured in a trailer for the fourth installment of FX’s anthology series, “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” with the theme also being a riff on the song. The story and illustration for this song appears on the ninth page of the "Cry Baby" storybook.

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