This week in PHL: The Carnival is Coming

Last night I couldn’t sing to save my life, let alone the world.  Granted, I can’t normally sing to save my life, or the world, but last night the old vox seemed particularly off.  The least offensive take, to my roof of tin ear, was PHL’s famous carnival song.  Actually PHL has two–yes, ladies, that is what I said, two–carnival songs.  “The Carnival is Coming” is about a carnival (which, as you might guess, is indeed coming); “Wharnecliffe Road” is played to a Brazilian Carnivale beat, in honor of PHL’s #1 (only 1?) fan.  Here is the former:

the carnival is coming

Well looky looky yonder* down the dirt road / Take a look at that

The carnival is coming, just like I told** / A dust cloud at their back

THE CARNIVAL IS COMING TO YOUR TOWN / AND IT WILL TURN YOUR WHOLE WORLD UPSIDE DOWN***

The roustabouts are hoisting up the big top / The sun is sinking low

Grinning barkers beckon their easy marks / To shell out for the show

THE CARNIVAL IS COMING TO YOUR TOWN / AND IT WILL TURN YOUR WHOLE WORLD UPSIDE DOWN

More and more it seems like anything is allowed / As the night wears on

Frantically a mother calls through the crowd / Her little boy is gone****

THE CARNIVAL IS COMING TO YOUR TOWN / AND IT WILL TURN YOUR WHOLE WORLD UPSIDE DOWN

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* Another brazenly plagiarized line, this one from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ transcendent “Tupelo.”

** I.e., fore-told.  Foreseeing and foretelling aren’t so very mysterious.  They’re simply functions of the organism qua superject.

*** Or so says Mikhail Bahktin.  As a songwriter I’m an early Nietzschean.  Meaning for me it’s about the Dionysian not the Apollonian.  In other words, I write the music and then fit words into the melodic slots.  Which words seems hardly to matter.

**** Dead or run off with the freaks?  She’ll never know.

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