Merry Go 'Round

Kacey Musgraves

About Merry Go 'Round

"Merry Go 'Round" is a debut song recorded by American country music artist Kacey Musgraves. It was released in September 2012 as the lead single from Musgraves' debut album Same Trailer Different Park. Musgraves co-wrote and co-produced the song with Shane McAnally, with additional writing from Josh Osborne and production assistance from Luke Laird. "Merry Go 'Round" won the Grammy Award for Best Country Song at the 56th Grammy Awards.


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If you ain't got two kids by 21, you're probably gonna die alone.
At least that's what tradition told you.
And it don't matter if you don't believe, come Sunday morning
You best be there in the front row like you're supposed to.

Same hurt in every heart.
Same trailer, different park.

Mama's hooked on Mary Kay.
Brother's hooked on Mary Jane
Daddy's hooked on Mary two doors down.
Mary, Mary quite contrary.
We get bored, so, we get married
Just like dust, we settle in this town.
On this broken merry go 'round and 'round and 'round we go
Where it stops nobody knows
And it ain't slowin' down
This merry go 'round.

We think the first time's good enough.
So, we hold on to high school love.
Sayin' we won't end up like our parents.
Tiny little boxes in a row, ain't whatcha want, it's whatcha know.
Just happy in the shoes you're wearin'.
Same checks we're always cashin'
To buy a little more distraction.

'Cause mama's hooked on Mary Kay.
Brother's hooked on Mary Jane
Daddy's hooked on Mary two doors down.
Mary, Mary, quite contrary.
We get bored, so, we get married.
Just like dust, we settle in this town.
On this broken merry go 'round and 'round and 'round we go
Where it stops nobody knows,
And it ain't slowin' down.
This merry go 'round.

Mary, Mary, quite contrary.
We're so bored until we're buried.
Just like dust, we settle in this town.
On this broken merry go 'round.
Merry go 'round.

Jack and Jill went up the hill.
Jack burned out on booze and pills.
And Mary had a little lamb.
Mary just don't give a damn no more.

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Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves (born August 21, 1988) is an American country music artist. She placed seventh on the fifth season of the USA Networks singing competition Nashville Star in 2007. more »

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Written by: Kacey Musgraves, Joshua Shaun Osborne, Shane L Mcanally

Lyrics © Spirit Music Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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10 facts about this song

Song Concept
"Merry Go 'Round" is about the mundane and sometimes oppressive nature of small-town life. Musgraves inestimates from her own experience growing up in tiny Golden, Texas.
Song Performance
The song peaked at number 10 on the Hot Country Songs chart in June 2013, marking Musgraves' first top-10 hit on the chart.
Song Recognition
"Merry Go 'Round" won the 2014 Grammy for Best Country Song and it was also nominated for Best Country Solo Performance.
Notable Recognition
The single was also recognized as one of the best songs of 2013 by major publications like Rolling Stone and NPR.
Album Success
The song is from the album "Same Trailer Different Park," which also won the Grammy for Best Country Album in 2014.
Songwriting Team
Musgraves co-wrote the song with Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne. This team continues to write together and is responsible for her subsequent hits.
Song Inspiration
The song's premise came from an innocent conversation where Kacey Musgraves' mother used the phrase "merry go 'round" as a metaphor for the mundane events of life. This sparked the concept for the song.
Critical Acclaim
The song was named the CMA Song of the Year in 2014 beating out heavyweights like Taylor Swift and Miranda Lambert.
Commercial Success
"Merry Go 'Round" sold over a million copies in the United States as of March 2014.
Cultural Impact
The song's music video became really popular and acclaimed for highlighting and expanding the narrative of small-town life. It showcases the contrasts between the idyllic rural life and the harsh realities its inhabitants sometimes face.

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