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It's Carnival Time

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Words & Music: Ben Weisman/ Sid Wayne
Come on kids from eight to eighty
Hey there mister bring your lady
There's a big show on the inside
It's carnival time

Popcorn, peanuts and cotton candy
Pink lemonade that's dan-dan-dandy
Be a big shot for a dollar
It's carnival time

Roustabouts are roustabout'n
And there's happy shouts, children shoutin
If you've got doubts quit your doubtin'
There's thrills, it's spice
It's cheap at half the price
So don't be bashful, buy a ticket
Get the habit never kick it
Hit the band there, don't just stand there
It's carnival time

Roustabouts are roustabout'n
And there's happy shouts, children shoutin
If you've got doubts quit your doubtin'
There's thrills, it's spice
It's cheap at half the price
So don't be bashful, buy a ticket
Get the habit never kick it
Hit the band there, don't just stand there
It's carnival time
It's carnival time
Recorded: 1964/03/03, first released on Roustabout

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KingKreole (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 13, 2013report abuse
Here in New Orleans, we have a song with the same title, but not the same song. They play it all Mardi Gras long...
I think the Roustabout soundtrack is a pretty good one, and it went to number 1 on the charts. The music seemed slightly better integrated into the film than most. And most of the songs were a little better than usual. Still, this is hardly a great song, but it works. And I don't find this one embarrassing, for what it is: a carnival barker's come-on set to music. If this was on the radio, and someone introduced it as "And here is the greatest singer of all time, singing about some pink lemonade that's dan-dan-dandy..." ....well I guess I could see the embarrassment then, particularly next to other music of 1964. But it fits into the movie just fine. And the movie, like the soundtrack, really is a better Elvis film than many.
Great Dane (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 13, 2013report abuse
A three star song on a #1 album, i guess more people out there like this better than most fans here.
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 13, 2013report abuse
Only an Elvis fan can love stuff like this. I wonder how many other music fans were grooving to this in 1964?
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 13, 2013report abuse
An energetic happy film tune that fits nicely into the designated movie scene. I know its not comparable to his many great songs but I don't have a problem listening to it when in the mood. The rock n' roll king dabbled in many genre and I, because of that marvellous voice, enjoy most (not all) of the output
TBG (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 13, 2013report abuse
I'm sorry, but this is one of those songs that makes it embarassing to be an Elvis-fan. Yeah, it's a situational movie fare, and some of those are nice, but this one is just embarassing I think. We're talking about the king of rockn'roll here, what did they do to him....
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 13, 2013report abuse
This is such a marvelous, catchy, fun and underrated Elvis movie song and I've never skipped it. It's from my fifth most favorite Elvis movie "Roustabout". I like every song from the "Roustabout" soundtrack.
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on May 13, 2011report abuse
Such a fun happy song and it worked well in the movie.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 5, 2010report abuse
Situational movie fare from the movie "Roustabout". This one fits the movie, just like "Take Me To The Fair" in IHATWF, but it is the second worst tune on the album. 2 1/2 stars, but closer to just two stars.
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