(With reference to the lyrics please.)
This song's been recorded by more than 200 international artistes but it wasn't much of a hit for the singer-composer who recorded it.
I have no comment about its popularity but love the lyrics and what it meant to me then and how different the lyrics are today with a senior's mindset.
Some lines connected well:
We're captive on the carousel of time
We can't return, we can only look
Behind from where we came
And go round and round and round
In the circle game.
It's natural but commonplace that we should think back and regret painfully that certain aspects of our life could have turned out differently? But go along that line and we could end up psychologically perturbed and be in a tumble. So just be happy with our lot? For me, yes.
In the composition, written by one of the greatest Canadian songwriters ever, Ms Joni Mitchell described the young man in question as one who's turned sixteen springs and sixteen summers. He's like my grandson and other children announcing with pride, "No I'm not twelve, I'm thirteen, a teenager." It's like hey I'm no kid anymore. But the advice:
Take your time it won't be long now, Till you drag your feet to slow the circles down. Yes, drag your feet or wish you were 48 instead of 84. So as the years go by and the boy turned twenty his dreams would have lost some significance.
For me, at this age, as one of the painted ponies that go up and down, there are hardly any more dreams, except that the grandchildren would grow up safe and have a full life. Hopefully for them: There'll be new dreams and maybe better dreams and plenty, Before the last revolving year is through.
Joni Mitchell was one lady I thought I could meet during my long stay in Winnipeg, Manitoba but never did. Not during the mid-80's.
She's born on the 7th of November 1943.
Happy Birthday, Ms Mitchell.
Hong Kong singer, Agnes Chan and Penny Lim with Silver Stones from Singapore, recorded this song.
Buffy Sainte Marie
George Hamilton IV
Penny Lim and The Silverstone
Ian Campbell Group
Tokyo's Coolest Combo
Ian Campbell Group
A Carousel of Life where painted ponies go up and down in the Circle Game.
Connect Circle Game Recordings: http://singapore60smusic.blogspot.com/2009/05/dr-agnes-chan-beauty-brains-bopper.html
An original article.
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