Merry Go 'Round Lyrics by Kacey Musgraves


Kacey Musgraves Lyrics

Merry Go 'Round Lyrics
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 s'posed to.

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

Mamas hooked on Mary Kay
Brothers hooked on Mary Jane
And Daddies hooked on Mary two doors down.

Mary Mary quite contrary,
We get bored so we get married
And 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,
Say we won't end up like our parents.

Tiny little boxes in a row,
Ain't want you want it's what you know,
Just happy in the shoes you're wearin'.

Same checks we're always cashin',
To buy a little more distraction.

Cause Mamas hooked on Mary Kay
Brothers hooked on Mary Jane
Daddies hooked on Mary two doors down.

Mary Mary quite contrary,
We get bored so we get married
And just like dust we settle in this town.
On this broken merry go 'round and 'round and 'round we go,
Where we stop nobody knows...
And it ain't slowin' down, this merry go 'round...

Mary Mary quite contrary,
We're so bored until we're buried.
And 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.
Writer: GILKS, MARTIN RICHARD / HUNT, MILES STEPHEN / JONES, ROBERT / TREECE, MALCOLM ROY
Copyright: Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

Merry Go 'Round Info:

Merry Go 'Round was released in September 2012 as the first single from Musgraves' debut album Same Trailer Different Park.

She told the story of the song to American Songwriter magazine: "We all grow up with expectations of breaking the cycle of life as we know it, trying to appear as if all is perfect under the surface," she said. "Coming from a small, conservative Texas town I've grown up with this. We're all guilty of having something that keeps us distracted — no matter the vice. Our comfort zones make us settle and I think there's hope in knowing that everyone has felt this way."

Musgraves told The Boot that rather than being an indictment of small-town living (or thinking) the song is about regretting choices you've made. "It started with Shane's mom talking about her neighbor," she explained. "She said something like, 'Well, I think she's either selling Mary Kay or mary jane or something down the street." And we were like, 'There's definitely a song there.'

So we started talking a little bit about small towns and how appearances tend to be everything, especially in a really conservative environment; people worry about what other people think. I feel like -- especially in small towns but it happens everywhere -- when you're scared to leave what you know or are comfortable with, people tend to settle and stay in their comfort zone. Later, that leads to resentment and just regret. It's just something that happens in life no matter where you are."

The Same Trailer, Different Park album title came from one of Musgrave's favorite Lyrics. "...It kind of just means we're all kind of in this together. We're all hurt the same way. We all feel the same way, although we're all different."

The song won for Best Country Song at the Grammy Awards in 2014. Musgraves performed "Follow Your Arrow" at the ceremony.

From the Album:
Same Trailer Different Park (2013)

Released:
September 10, 2012

Format:
Digital download

Genre:
Country

Length:
3:27

Writers:
Kacey Musgraves
Josh Osborne
Shane McAnally

Producer:
Luke Laird
Shane McAnally
Kacey Musgraves

Music video:
"Merry Go Round" on YouTube

The music video was directed by Perry Bean and premiered in September 2012. It features a cameo from Musgraves' dog along with some old stock footage and home videos that the singer and her friend, director Perry Bean, found online.

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