Natalie Merchant — Carnival (Live)
Album: Live in Concert
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Total ratings: 1938









Released: 1999
Length: 6:51
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Well I've walked these streets
A virtual stage it seemed to me
Makeup on their faces
Actors took their places next to me

Well I've walked these streets
In a carnival of sights to see
All the cheap thrill seekers
The vendors and the dealers they crowded around me

Have I been blind
Have I been lost inside myself and my own mind
Hypnotized mesmerized by what my eyes have seen

Well I've walked these streets
In a spectacle of wealth and poverty
In the diamond market
The scarlet welcome carpet that they just rolled out for me

And I've walked these streets
In the madhouse asylum they can be
Where a wild eyed misfit prophet on a traffic island stopped
And he raved of saving me

Have I been blind
Have I been lost inside myself and my own mind
Hypnotized mesmerized by what my eyes have seen

Have I been wrong
Have I been wise to shut my eyes and play along
Hypnotized paralyzed by what my eyes have found
By what my eyes have seen
What they have seen

Have I been blind
Have I been lost have I been wrong
Have I been wise have I been strong
Have I been hypnotized mesmerized
By what my eyes have found

In that great street carnival
In that carnival
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This article reports on a study that links empathy with how the brain processes music, and even with a taste for sad music!
Very interesting, to me.
 
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/smu-pwd061218.php
 
I had to find out whether I was empathetic or not; so here's another link, for a "quick and dirty" test for empathy.
 
https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/quizzes/take_quiz/empathy
 
and thanks, Wallaby!
 
I concur, totally...  Thanks for what you wrote! 

haretic wrote:
Reading some of the negative comments below, I wondered for a moment if I was in some tiny minority. I give this song a 10, without reservation! And I see that some 980 listeners out of some 2000 who rated the song consider it "Most Excellent" or better; so I have no reason to feel alone.
I will say, though, that it seems to me that singers who have strongly "affected" sounding voices seem to limit significantly the range of songs they can perform convincingly. (I have no idea whether Natalie Merchant deliberately projects that sort of "echo-y" sound into her singing or if it is just a natural quality of her voice). In many songs she sings, I do find her voice is a distraction from the song, regrettably.

Ms. Merchant wrote this song, and it is by far my favorite of the songs I've heard her sing. The lyrics are perfectly suited to her hauntingly emotive, sadly atmospheric delivery. (I do not hear any "phoned in" quality at all)!
I would also rate the studio version a 10. I do usually rate a live version slightly higher, 'cuz it's live!
 

Reading some of the negative comments below, I wondered for a moment if I was in some tiny minority. I give this song a 10, without reservation! And I see that some 980 listeners out of some 2000 who rated the song consider it "Most Excellent" or better; so I have no reason to feel alone.
I will say, though, that it seems to me that singers who have strongly "affected" sounding voices seem to limit significantly the range of songs they can perform convincingly. (I have no idea whether Natalie Merchant deliberately projects that sort of "echo-y" sound into her singing or if it is just a natural quality of her voice). In many songs she sings, I do find her voice is a distraction from the song, regrettably.

Ms. Merchant wrote this song, and it is by far my favorite of the songs I've heard her sing. The lyrics are perfectly suited to her hauntingly emotive, sadly atmospheric delivery. (I do not hear any "phoned in" quality at all)!
I would also rate the studio version a 10. I do usually rate a live version slightly higher, 'cuz it's live!
Ack. Double Plus Ungood .....................................................make it stop!!! The end is excruciating.
I love the song, her voice and the guitar work.
Natalie and band know what they're doing, but this feels uninspired. 
Lifeless, and the studio version actually is OK, has a truly inspired guitar part. This version has the life sucked out of it ..Yawn {#Sleep}
 Krakus wrote:
Do not owe a single Natalie Merchant album or song and proud of it!

 
Who would you owe a Natalie Merchant album to anyhow?  That seems like a strange debt.
Wake up, Natalie!  You're supposed to be singing!! 
 Krakus wrote:
Do not owe a single Natalie Merchant album or song and proud of it!

 

Testify!!!!!
 Krakus wrote:
Do not owe a single Natalie Merchant album or song and proud of it!

 
Your back must be bruised from all the patting. 
 maggierob wrote:
Sometimes she hits a note flat as a pancake. Add to that her gargling marbles while she sings, and you have a couple pretty irritating vocal habits. Too bad — it's a good song, and the backup is great on this track. 

 
I always thought she was singing about Mr Coffee all these years .....guess she wasn't as I looked up the lyrics here for the first time.
 Krakus wrote:
Just a heads up  she is coming to Portland Oregon this June to play at the Portland Zoo for one of their concert series... You should come{#Motor}

 


 ScottN wrote:
Shoot the guitarist (metaphorically, of course).

 
No.  Let's go full barrel.
Do not owe a single Natalie Merchant album or song and proud of it!
 ThePoose wrote:
Should have the opportunity to meet her some day - you might change your tune. Sophomore year in college and the 10,000 Maniacs were playing at our school. I was tasked with following her around all day and being her personal secretary. She put me through my paces and had me running around all day - I think just to prove some point which I could never figure. Stuff like, 

Natalie: I need chewing gum.

Me: What flavor?

Natalie: I don't care, any flavor. 

(20 minutes later)

Me: Here's your gum Ms. Merchant.

Natalie: Oh, call me Natalie. What flavor is this?

Me: Spearmint

Natalie: I HATE spearmint! Go back and get me cinnamon - and I need a box of tampons (I am not making this up!)
Anyway, she was a bit of a c—t, and I don't use the term loosely.  Robert Buck was really cool however. He said at some point that day, "She's just being an a-hole because she signed a deal for a solo album and she's leaving the band after the next few gigs."

So many memories.
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sweet story...Why didn't you offer to install one of the tampons? Or two? 

Same story at George Mason University, when she came to Patriot Center in early 1990s. My buddy, who DJ-ed for the college radio asked if he could interview here and Ms. Merchant was also rude to him.

 


I'm not a Merchant fan at all, but this is one song where the music and instrumentals really seem to work well with her otherwise annoying (to me) vocal traits.
This is really good; probably my favorite of her stuff I hear on RP. The groove is transmitted between her voice and all the instruments!
 Phlegmaticman wrote:
Erik Della Penna is on guitar, apparently.

 
Pretty cool guitar on this track, nice bass too.