carnival lyrics – natalie merchant

i’ve walked these streets
a virtual stage
it seemed to me
make up on their faces
actors took their
places next to me

i’ve walked these streets
in a carnival
of sights to see
all the cheap thrill seekers
the vendors & the dealers
they crowded around me

have i been blind
have i been lost
inside myself and
my own mind
hypnotized
mesmerized
by what my eyes have seen?

i’ve walked these streets
in a spectacle of wealth & poverty
in the diamond market
the scarlet welcome carpet
that they just rolled out for me

i’ve walked these streets
in the mad house asylum
they can be
where a wild eyed misfit prophet
on a traffic island stopped
and he raved of saving me

have i been blind
have i been lost
inside myself and
my own mind
hypnotized
mesmerized
by what my eyes have seen?

have i been wrong
have i been wise
to shut my eyes
and play along
hypnotized
paralyzed
by what my eyes have found
by what my eyes have seen
what they have seen?

have i been blind
have i been lost
have i been wrong
have i been wise
have i been strong
have i been
hypnotized
mesmerized
by what my eyes have found
in that great street carnival
in that carnival?

/ natalie merchant lyrics