Carnival of Souls

Carnival of Souls

mikehex's picture



Liner Notes: 

I got the movie prompt "Carnival of Souls". I haven't actually seen the movie, but the title made me think of the challenges of being emotionally attached to someone with a personality disorder. In any case, I wrote this song.


What I’ll say is there’s much we don’t know
The human mind, we’ve got far to go
But I’ll take every part of you whole
This multitude, this carnival of souls

The beggar, the dancer, the high handed queen
Those I’ve loved and those still unseen

Is it to be feared that one can’t define
what you are and are not, who you may be from time to time
Cornered and outnumbered, all on my own
Every time I face you alone

Bring it on, bring it on
Nothing is ever for sure
Bring it on, bring it on
Why would you lose yourself to find a cure?

What are we sorry for?
I don’t feel sorry no more
When there’s nothing left to try
Then the sun may as well leave the sky

I will not have it so
If you want to, you can go
And I’ll hang by my own rope
Of foolish, wasted hope

Give me a chance to build a home
Space enough for many, contradicting rooms
All of you and I, this is all I can know
All are one, your carnival of souls

Bring it on, bring it on
Bring it on, bring it on
Know that you’re bound to me
No matter who you may be
Bring it on, bring it on
Let all our dreams and nightmares come
One step over, more in store
Nobody asks what we came here for, cause they

see in our eyes we’ve put paid to our lives
The only certainty, there’s no standing in place
One holding, one away, never wait for a better day
We have this moment alone, by your grace

Bring it on, bring it on, nothing could be so wrong
As turning aside from the only thing you want

Please keep your comments respectful, honest, and constructive. Please focus on the song and not the demo.


ElaineDiMasi's picture

I welcome the lighthearted, upbeat, affirmation in this context. Illnesses are serious business, but the ability to love and to be lighthearted and humorous even about those things is a human strength. Maybe one not expressed and appreciated often enough.

Your build of background vocals works really well, and I love that you end on "by your grace."

coolparadiso's picture

Its a pretty catchy song for a difficult topic, i couldn't but like it as I'm often accused of the same! I really did like this song!

cts's picture

I saw this movie recently on HBO Max. I agree with the others that it is a serious subject matter, but you approached it from an angle that was less predictable from what the title suggest (and presuppositions). Great feel to it; love the arrangement and I, too, love the ending..."by your grace." Well done, my friend.

tcelliott's picture

I love that title (I hadn't seen/heard of it before) and I like your take on it. You've managed to write a deep/heavy-ish lyric but without getting too bogged down. The music take on it keeps it from getting overbearing. And I like how the last two lines affirm the benefits of the struggle. This one is very interesting, there's a lot to dig into.