Merry-go-round

(1974)

"Merry-go-round" is the last song of John Duke's 1974 song cycle Good Morning: A Cycle of Six Songs For High Voice, which sets the poetry of Mark Van Doren.

The song cycle is published as part of the collection Songs by John Duke, Vol. 3 (Southern Music Company).

The poetry of Good Morning: A Cycle of Six Songs For High Voice is from Van Doren's 1973 volume Good Morning: Last Poems.

Merry-go-round
by Mark Van Doren


Horses in front of me,
Horses behind,
But mine is the best one,
He never looks down.
He rises and falls
As if there were waves,
But he never goes under,
Oh, music, oh, mine.


He is steady and strong,
And he knows I am here,
He says he is glad
That I picked him to ride.
But he hasn't a name.
I told him my own,
And he only went faster,
Oh, music, oh, mine.


Around and around,
And the people out there
Don't notice how happy
I am, I am.
The others are too,
But I am the most,
The most, the most,
Oh, music, oh, mine.


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