Carry On Regardless
Van Morrison Lyrics


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Carry on regardless, in spite of the music business scam
Carry on regardless, in spite of all the petty minded little women and men
Carry on regardless, when everybody don't give a damn

Carry on and start all over again, in spite of all the TV trash
Carry on regardless, in spite of all the media rehash
And the white wash, the brain wash and all the white trash
Carry on regardless, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby when your on a roll
Carry on regardless, just to satisfy your soul

Carry on up the Khyber, carry on, carry on Dick
Carry on up the Khyber Pass, won't you carry on, carry on Dick
Carry on you got to make it last
Carry on you gotta make it stick

Carry on baby when, when you're on a roll
Carry on baby, baby, baby, baby, baby
Got to satisfy your soul

Carry on up the Khyber Pass, carry on doctor, carry on nurse
Carry on regardless, carry on doctor, carry on nurse
Carry on till you get what your after
Carry on till it can't get much worse

Carry on regardless
Carry on up, carry on up, carry on up
Carry on up, carry on up, carry on up
Carry on do the dog, carry on do the crazy pup, alright




Carry on forever
Carry on until you make it stick

Overall Meaning

In the song “Carry On Regardless”, Van Morrison implores listeners to persevere in the face of adversity. The song addresses the music business “scam” and petty people who lack understanding or empathy. Morrison encourages the listener to push forward, even when feeling unsupported or undervalued. He insists that one must “carry on and start all over again, in spite of all the TV trash” and “all the media rehash”. The reference to “white wash, brain wash, and white trash” may highlight racism and prejudice that only serve to narrow perspectives and inhibit progress.


Morrison’s call for maintaining “carry on regardless” attitude is also evident in the verses about “Khyber Pass”; a mountain pass in Pakistan that has been known to be treacherous due to its altitude and harsh weather conditions. The phrase “Carry on up the Khyber Pass” has been used in military contexts to symbolize perseverance, determination, and resilience. In this song, Morrison expands that theme to a broader sense of pushing through challenging circumstances, despite debilitating obstacles. “Carry on regardless” becomes an empowering mantra for overcoming tough circumstances and valuing oneself.


Line by Line Meaning

Carry on regardless, in spite of the music business scam
Persist despite the corrupt practices of the music industry


Carry on regardless, in spite of all the petty minded little women and men
Continue on despite the presence of small-minded and narrow individuals


Carry on regardless, when everybody don't give a damn
Persist despite the lack of concern from those around you


Carry on and start all over again, in spite of all the TV trash
Keep going and try again despite the mindless content on television


Carry on regardless, in spite of all the media rehash
Continue on despite the endless repetition of news stories in the media


And the white wash, the brain wash and all the white trash
And despite the whitewashing, brainwashing, and other harmful forces


Carry on regardless, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby when your on a roll
Keep going, baby, when you're on a roll


Carry on regardless, just to satisfy your soul
Continue on, simply to feel a sense of satisfaction in your soul


Carry on up the Khyber, carry on, carry on Dick
Keep moving forward, Dick, up the Khyber


Carry on up the Khyber Pass, won't you carry on, carry on Dick
Proceed through the Khyber Pass and keep going, Dick


Carry on you got to make it last
Persist until you've achieved what you want to last


Carry on you gotta make it stick
Continue until you've made it stick


Carry on baby when, when you're on a roll
Keep going, baby, when you're on a roll


Carry on baby, baby, baby, baby, baby
Keep going, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby


Got to satisfy your soul
You need to satisfy your soul by continuing on


Carry on up the Khyber Pass, carry on doctor, carry on nurse
Persist through the Khyber Pass, doctor and nurse, keep going


Carry on till you get what your after
Keep going until you've achieved what you're after


Carry on till it can't get much worse
Persist until things can't get much worse


Carry on regardless
Keep going despite all obstacles


Carry on up, carry on up, carry on up
Persist, get up and keep going


Carry on do the dog, carry on do the crazy pup, alright
Keep moving, like a dog or a crazy pup, alright


Carry on forever
Continue on indefinitely


Carry on until you make it stick
Persist until you've made it stick




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Written by: VAN MORRISON

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