Fare Thee Well, Miss Carousel

Be Here to Love Me: A Film about Townes Van Zandt (documentary)

  • The other day a guy showed up about whom a neighbour once said, He’s so smooth that he can make sunshine out of shit.
  • I’m reminded of a woman I know who during the midst of a very hate-filled divorce refused to bury her soon-to-be ex when he unexpectedly drowned, in spite of then inheriting everything…millions.
  • The self-righteous folk in church and the maimed authorities who back them up who make others jump through their hoops, smugly smiling.
  • All the narcissists who think that they have found their calling being ‘activists’.

None of it is worth anything….

That the liberation comes in exiting the revolving door for good…

Forgetting about clarity and self-possession because they are shams…

And a song about abuse…

Based on the analogy of a relationship of a woman who uses men who are anything but men (I personally think it’s about Towne’s relationship with society/America)…

The words apply more widely…

Think about it…

 

Townes Van Zandt – Fare Thee Well Miss Carousel chords

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INTRO C
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C Em F-Em-Dm G F C

C Em
Well the drunken clown’s still hanging ’round
F Em Dm
but it’s plain the laughters all died down
G F C
The tears you tried so hard to hide are flowing
C Em
And a blind man with his knife in hand
F Em Dm
has convinced himself that he understands
G
I wish him well, Miss Carousel,
F C
but I gotta be a going

Am Em
Won’t you come and get me when
Am Em
You’re sure that you don’t need me then
Am Em
I’ll stand outside your window
F Em G
and proudly call your name

Well the lady’s been told that all her gold
is worth so much she can’t be sold
No time to weep, she’ll need a sleep tomorrow
When she carries her face to the market place
and bets it on the opening race
She can ring her bells, Miss Carousel,
but her singing brings me sorrow

Won’t you come and get me when
You’re sure that you don’t need me then
I’ll stand outside your window
and I’ll proudly call your name

But it’s always done, every mother’s son
is shown that grown men never run
So they fight with all their might inside them
When the battles been fought ‘n they all been taught
that the trick is just not being caught
Will you give ’em hell, Miss Carousel,
when they’re begging you to hide them

Won’t you come and get me when
You’re sure that you don’t need me then
I’ll stand outside your window
and proudly call your name

When the need arose, your eyes fell closed
You clamped your fingers around your nose
Would you say, that’s any way to judge him
Well you haven’t got the authority
to kill him in the first degree
But would you feel compelled, Miss Carousel,
if you had something to begrudge him?

Won’t you come and get me when
You’re sure that you don’t need me then
I’ll stand outside your window
and proudly call your name

On velvet beach far beneath the reach
of those who come to pry and preach
The natural man that tried to stand is falling
Well how long will it be before he sees
you own his legs but his mind is free
only you can tell , Miss Carousel,
how long will he be crawling

Won’t you come and get me when
You’re sure that you don’t need me then
I’ll stand outside your window
and proudly call your name

Ah the castle wall’s grown so tall
Seems there ain’t no hope at all
to reach the top even though you stop for breathing
But I ain’t gonna try to make you cry
the teardrops couldn’t find your eyes
It’s all been swell, Miss Carousel,
but the time has come for leaving

Won’t you come and get me when
You’re sure that you don’t need me then <-(x4)
I’ll stand outside your window
and proudly call your name

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