Eric Clapton

About Carnival

"Carnival" is a song written and recorded by the British rock musician Eric Clapton for his 1976 studio album No Reason to Cry. It was also released as the second and last single of the studio album in January 1977. Rob Fraboni produced the recording.


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Come with me, come with me,
To the carnival, to the carnival.

You will see, you will see,
What you want to see, exactly what you want to be,
At the carnival, at the carnival, at the carnival.

Come with me, come with me,
To the carnival, to the carnival,
To the carnival, to the carnival, to the carnival.

Come with me, come with me.
Come with me, come with me.

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Eric Clapton

Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE (born 30 March 1945) is an English guitarist and singer-songwriter. Clapton is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist, and separately as a member of The Yardbirds and Cream. Clapton has been referred to as one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time. Clapton ranked second in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" and fourth in Gibson's Top 50 Guitarists of All Time. more »

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9 facts about this song

Song Origin
"Carnival" is a song by British rock musician Eric Clapton, famously known as the "God of Guitar". It was first released as a track in the 1975 album "There's One in Every Crowd".
Album Success
"There's One in Every Crowd" primarily consisted of reggae and gospel styling which was a switch from his previous album "461 Ocean Boulevard". Although it received mixed reviews, it did relatively well and has a Gold certification, implying over half a million copies sold in the United States.
Song Influence
"Carnival" demonstrates the influence of reggae music on Eric Clapton's work during this period in his career. He worked with other musicians like Bob Marley and was influenced by their music style, working it into his own.
Songwriter Credit
This song, like many of Clapton's works, is written by him. As a singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Clapton is known for his personal and often introspective lyrics.
"Carnival" follows a traditional verse-chorus structure, but it's marked by Clapton's distinctive guitar work.
Lyrical Theme
Large parts of the song's lyrics deal with themes of challenges, overcoming obstacles, and life's rollercoaster. It uses metaphors to depict life as a carnival, a running theme of the upbeat reggae influence.
Live Performances
Although not one of Clapton's most popular songs, "Carnival" has been performed in numerous concerts globally over the years, contributing to his fame as a live performer.
Song Recognition
Despite it not being a chart-topping song, "Carnival" carries the unique flavor of Clapton’s reggae exploration which makes it a notable track within his discography.
Influence on Other Artists
Many artists who admire Clapton's work have done covers of his songs, including "Carnival", contributing to its popularity and influence.

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