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Breadcrumb Trail
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I stepped out onto the midway
I was looking for the pirate ship
And saw this small, old white tent at one end
It was blue
And had white lights hanging all around it
I decided to check out the tent
It seemed like I could hear music coming from inside
As I walked toward it, I passed a crowd of people at the sideshow
I couldn't figure out why they would want to wait in line

I pulled back the drape thing on the tent
There was a crystal ball on the table
And behind it, a girl wearing a hat
She smiled, and asked me if I wanted my fortune read
I said okay
And sat down
Then I thought about it for a minute
And asked her if she would rather go on the roller coaster instead

Creeping up into the sky
Stopping at the top and
Starting down
The girl grabbed my hand
I clutched it tight
I said goodbye to the ground

Far below, a soiled man
A bucket of torn tickets at his side
He watches the children run by
And picks his teeth

Spinning round, my head begins to turn
I shouted, and searched
The sky for a friend
I heard the fortune teller
Screaming back at me
We stuck out our hands and met the winds

The girl falters as she steps down from the platform
She clutches her stomach, and begins to heave
The ticket-taker smiles, and the last car is ready
Who told you that you could leave?

The sun was setting by the time we left
We walked across the deserted lot, alone
We were tired, but we managed to smile
At the gate I said goodnight to the fortune teller
The carnival sign threw colored shadows on her face
But I could tell she was blushing

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Written by: CHRISTOPHER TODD BRASHEAR, BRIAN SCOTT MCMAHAN, DAVID C. PAJO, BRITT WALFORD

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Carl

I stepped out onto the midway
I was looking for the pirate ship
And saw this small, old white tent at one end
It was blue
And had white lights hanging all around it
I decided to check out the tent
It seemed like I could hear music coming from inside
As I walked toward it, I passed a crowd of people at the sideshow
I couldn't figure out why they would want to wait in line
I pulled back the drape thing on the tent
There was a crystal ball on the table
And behind it, a girl wearing a hat
She smiled, and asked me if I wanted my fortune read
I said okay
And sat down
Then I thought about it for a minute
And asked her if she would rather go on the roller coaster instead
Creeping up into the sky
Stopping at the top and
Starting down
The girl grabbed my hand
I clutched it tight
I said goodbye to the ground
Far below, a soiled man
A bucket of torn tickets at his side
He watches the children run by
And picks his teeth
Spinning round, my head begins to turn
I shouted, and searched
The sky for a friend
I heard the fortune teller
Screaming back at me
We stuck out our hands and met the winds
The girl falters as she steps down from the platform
She clutches her stomach, and begins to heave
The ticket-taker smiles, and the last car is ready
Who told you that you could leave?
The sun was setting by the time we left
We walked across the deserted lot, alone
We were tired, but we managed to smile
At the gate I said goodnight to the fortune teller
The carnival sign threw colored shadows on her face
But I could tell she was blushing



All comments from YouTube:

doctor zaius

I know this song probably has some deeper meaning, but I like to imagine that it's actually just a story about going to a carnival and riding a roller coaster with a gypsy girl. I love the setting the lyrics create.

ACAB !!!

Right? It really doesn't have to be this deeper story with some crazy meaning, just as long as it still stirs emotion in me.

almosthere

@David E. bro that comment was made like 5 years ago

Joe Biden Wrestling

@Trevor Murphy anyone who thinks they were just teenagers is dumb. They were in their early 20s.

Cellar Door

The best songs have a million different interpretations. Beautiful on it’s own, but also because it lets you see what you want to see

J H

Okay whether or not it has deeper meaning or if they were just teenagers making shit up as they go...Brian still went home with his recorder and wrote/recorded his spoken word and stories. So he was definitely putting some type of effort into it

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Jo Do

I first listened to this album a few months ago, and I remember wondering to myself why was this album held in such high regard. After listening to the full thing I definitely enjoyed it but it wasn't amazing to me. Then I found myself coming back again and again to listen to each song and it grew on me fiercely. Now my entire taste in music has changed completely over the course of three months as result of this enigmatic album. I still don't know exactly why this music appeals to me so much.

Lucy Steeper

I had this exact same experience with King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. YouTube one day recommended their album "Polygondwanaland" to me, checked it out, thought it sounded decent but wasn't my thing. Then just like you I kept going back to the album, they quickly became my favourite band, and now a couple years later my music taste has completely changed from electronic and lofi to psych/hard/prog rock.

Wom Wim

This same exact thing is happening to me right now. I finally gave this album a listen and I thought "oh this is cool. There are some cool riffs and time signatures on here." But then... the next day I came back. Then I came back again 2 days later and had some horrible dreams that night. Then I came back again. And now I am so blown away by this album and specifically this song. I don't know why but it has such a horrifyingly severe impact on me.

Jötun

Its doomer syndrome

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