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Song Released: 1972

Carry Me, Carrie Lyrics

Second Street and Broadway
Sittin' in a doorway
Head held in his hands
Looked to all the world
Like he was prayin'
Foot wrapped in old rag
Bottle in a brown bag
I saw him trying to stand
Then I heard the words that he was sayin'



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    Nov 29th, 11:59pm report

    I take from this song that he is asking God to carry him because he can't walk for himself. He cannot make it over the mountain alone. Too many people in my life with drug and drink issues. Jesus saves us all when we hit rock bottom and turn to him!!!


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    Mar 31st, 2020 3:50pm report

    This is a person who is at the lowest he has ever been. He had hope for so long and has almost given up. Still he holds on to his last shred of hope that he will overcome the mountain. He begs (his hope) to see him through and bring him out as a survivor.


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    Mar 1st, 2019 3:01am report

    I think anyone can interpret this song into their life.
    In todays world, I can feel this personally.
    A lifelong friend with an addiction problem, who seems to want to be the victim in every situation, whom although I love very dearly, I have come to the very painful decision her life is the toxicity in my daily life.
    I have chose to let go for a little while, to seek peace and positivity, so that I may heal physically and mentally from the disease that threatens my actual physical life, not my imaginary one.
    Although I know she is in pain and wants to reach out, its the fact that she doesn't that is most painful. She would rather wait and "prove" that I need her in my life, rather than admit she has a problem.


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    Feb 25th, 2018 2:16pm report

    I think he’s actually singing to his legs to carry him one more time


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    Apr 10th, 2017 4:16pm report

    I am of the mind... its a lost love..long gone that wrecked a man many years before....
    I carry my Carrie (Kathy) with me who died 18 yrs or so ago after a long fight with brain cancer..
    I carried her many many times in search of a cure..there wasnt one and she died in my arms looking into my eyes trying to tell me something she never had the strength to.. (try living with that)...
    we were childhood sweathearts and had almost 20 yrs together starting out with nothing to gaining something in life...
    I still love her and I still miss her and almost cry a lot still and the frustration and emotion you feel in that song is very real as I too have that.

    To me the song is saying this man had nothing left and turned to drink after Carrie went (died?) as he was living with her in his mind and still speaking to her (as I do)...he could do anything for her or to get to her even climb that mountain if she were only there to point the right direction (as I could)...as he has lost all direction since losing her..much as I did for 5 yrs after losing my Kathy and still to this day...I live with my regrets as he is with his.. one day My "Carrie" Kathy will be there to point the right direction.


    Peter Merchant
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    Mar 6th, 2016 3:03am report

    A clever and succinct retelling of Theodore Dreiser's novel Sister Carrie.


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    Nov 19th, 2015 11:42am report

    Most people say it's about mans need for a woman's help. But I see it also as the man carrying alcohol for many years and now asking the alcohol to carry him for the last few miles before death. The love he has for the alcohol is well... The alcohol is all he has, his replacement of woman and friend.

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