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Melanie Martinez: Carousel Meaning

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Carousel Lyrics

Round and round like a horse on a carousel, we go,
Will I catch up to love? I could never tell, I know,
Chasing after you is like a fairytale, but I,
Feel like I'm glued on tight to this carousel

Come, come one, come all,
You must be this...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Feb 23rd 2020 report

    Crybaby is in a relationship, but her boyfriend hardly notices her or cares for her. Crybaby wishes he would see her, feeling like she will never catch up to love. "Round and round like a horse on a carousel" Crybaby is just going around in a circle; you can't get to the horse in front of you.


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    Dec 3rd 2016 report

    The song is based off of Cry Baby's love for this boy . She's chasing the boy, but just 'like a horse on a carousel' you go in this constasnt circle but you'll never catch up to the horse in front of you. That horse in the front being the boy. And when he 'steals her cotten candy heart' he doesn't give her his heart in return.


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    Nov 28th 2016 report

    Personally, I believe this song is not just about a little girl that runs after a boy that she fell in love with. Falling in love is like a wild goose chase, and once you fall in love, it can be hard to stop. Hence the "carousel" of emotions. "You must be this tall, to ride this ride, at the carnival," I believe this means that love isn't for everybody. They have height restrictions at amusement parks for safety reasons, so that "height restriction" might mean that you must be prepared to go on the wild goose chase of love. "Will I catch up to love, I can never tell," she isn't even sure that the boy can fall in love with her back.

    Well, you get the idea.

  4. anonymous
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    Jan 6th report

    In carousel Crybaby see's someone she wants to spend the rest of her life with But he doesn't like her the way she feels about him, he could probably like/love her a little bit. (This my theory)

  5. anonymous
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    Dec 15th report

    Crybaby loves a boy and is chasing after him, trying to get him to love her. But she can't quite catch up to love with him. Crybaby is a little too shy to tell him she likes him because she grew up in an unstable household. The part were it says "my horse is too slow" shows that she really likes him but can't get to him. (Her hoarse being her mind telling him she likes him) she is trying to seduce him to the point where he tells her that he likes her but crybaby just can't make him like her.

  6. anonymous
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    Oct 2nd report

    This song is about Crybaby’s first love. She is so in love with him but he isn’t in love with her. She then realises that love is just doing the same thing over and over again, spinning in circles, like you do on a carousel. Also, it’s like she and the boy are on a carousel and the boy is on the horse in front of her but Crybaby can never catch up with him (meaning he will never fall in love with her)
    I listened to K-12 on August in 2020 and I decided I liked her a lot! Don’t hate me just because I didn’t know her since her first album! I didn’t come from TikTok anyways. Why yall spreading hate on people from TikTok? That’s what I want to know. They’re just like you, they like Melanie, they just found out about her from TikTok!

    Love, Melanie and Billie lover

  7. anonymous
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    Jun 20th 2020 report

    Crybaby falls in love with this boy at the carnival. However, their relationship is one-sided. Crybaby knows chasing him is "like a fairytale" but she feels like she's "glued on tight to this carousel". The boy stole her 'cotton candy heart' and now she's stuck riding. Like a carousel, you go around in a circle, and although the horse in front of you is so close, you can't get to it.

  8. anonymous
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    Mar 30th 2020 report

    Okay I'm sorry but I saw an animatic of this for IT chapter One on YouTube and now the only way I can look at it is through Reddie goggles so don't blame me please and thanks. If you don't know what Reddie is...where have you been, hon? Look it up.

  9. anonymous
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    Dec 14th 2019 report

    This is the first time Crybaby fell in love. How she went to the carnival with a boy and it was all fun and games till she fell in love with him.

    It seems like she's close to him and glued on tight. She loves him so much but their love is kinda tragic. But she doesn't wanna leave him because she loves him. She feels like she can't catch up to love cause of him.

    The boy in the song also broke her heart cause of the phrase, "Right right when I'm near you it's like you disappear, where'd you go? Mr. Hodunidi you're a freak show" Which probably means how he loves her is crazy.

  10. anonymous
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    Nov 25th 2019 report

    Crybaby is singing about falling in love with a boy that chasing after him is like a fairytale. She can never catch up him though and is wondering when she will. Her love for him goes round and round like a carousel.

  11. anonymous
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    Sep 14th 2019 report

    "Carousel" is labeled as indie pop, described by Melanie herself as, "My feeling in love with someone and being stuck on the same ride and trying to grab them but I never reach them".


    No offense, but I like other singers than this singer.

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  12. anonymous
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    Sep 14th 2019 report

    I literally thought the song was about getting addicted to drugs/alcohol.... listen to the song and think of it in that context. The carousel is the substance and she’s trapped on it.
    Yeah there’s a handsome guy that she’s like drooling over but I also feel like she’s supposed to be on drugs throughout the video(or alcohol I suppose). I’m pretty sure it’s meant to be after Sippy Cup, where Crybaby’s mom gives her alcohol to fall asleep and she wakes up at the Carnival, aka she’s trippin lol
    I’m probably way off, because originally I thought it was about a relationship too

  13. anonymous
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    Aug 21st 2019 report

    The meaning behind the song carousel is about a boy who she fell in love with but he didn't love her so she described it like a carousel because she could not get him to love her and round and round represents her attempts to grab onto him trying to reach him.

  14. anonymous
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    Dec 1st 2018 report

    This song is the part of Crbaby's story that comes before Play Date. In Play Date, Crybaby is feeling like Johnny is using her for her body and sex. In carousel, Crybaby thinks she's in love with Johnny, but she can't catch up to him because he doesn't love her the way she loves him. He's just using her for her body.

  15. anonymous
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    Aug 26th 2018 report

    It’s about feeling like you relationship is going around in circles and not getting anywhere.

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  16. anonymous
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    May 13th 2018 report

    It started for fun, she doesn't even know how, but then she started having feelings for this boy that was just playing with her"and it's all fun and games, 'till somebody falls in love". At the beginning he seemed into her, she started loving those attentions but when she understood that it was just an illusion was too late, she was so into him"But you've already bought a ticket and there's not turning back now". Now the game is inverted, she's chasing after him, she's too invilved, but he's hiding from her "right, right when I'm here, it's like you desappear".

  17. anonymous
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    Apr 18th 2018 report

    I think that this song means she was going around hooking up with random guys, says "will I ever catch to love, I could never tell" meaning doesn't know or care if these hookups will turn into anything serious. Then she meets this guy and says "it's all fun and games til someone falls in love" meaning they agreed on just being fwb without any strings attached(feelings). Then in a clip it shows her floating, following him around meaning she's fallen for him. She doesn't know if he feels the same way because she sends her mixed signals. She just can't seem to get over him. He doesn't like her back, which broke her heart but she still seems to love him.

  18. anonymous
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    Nov 19th 2017 report

    I think this song is how Melanie falls in love with a boy but she can't catch him because he is like horse on carousrel and even know she is do close to him you can never catch the horse on front of you. Don't judge is just my opinion.

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