The Skeleton And The Roundabout Lyrics - Electric Light Orchestra

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Climb aboard my roundabout
Climb aboard my roundabout
I am the fairground man at heart
I run the roundabout this part
I fill this fair but custom have I none

I turn the handle round so fast it makes my elbow ache
Nobody seems to care
No-one rides upon my roundabout no longer anymore
Oh what a horrid fair!

Climb aboard my roundabout
Climb aboard my roundabout
Climb aboard my roundabout
Climb aboard my roundabout

Money there is none - I'm thinner than a skeleton

But wait a minute, I'm so thin
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That all these aches and pains could be a chance for me
I could be a horror or a ghost in a ghost train
I think I'll go and see

I meet the man who runs the ghost train
He says, "You're just great!
I'll pay you top class wages
If you'll just hang from this gate"

A year is passing lots of food and money come my way
Oh lucky man am I
But who's this telling me, "You're fired!
You're much too fat to be a ghost, be on your way!"
So here I am

Climb aboard my roundabout
Climb aboard my roundabout
Climb aboard my roundabout
Climb aboard my roundabout




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Skeleton and the Roundabout | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/28/10

There is a discrepancy in the setting of a hand cranked merry go round in a carnival at the same time as a ghost train. Ghost trains in England were American -inspired dark rides tht started to appear no earlier than the end of the 1920s in asusement parks and board walks. Hand cranked "round abouts" disappeared with the advent of steam and later electriclly powered rides in park decades earlier. The skeleton must have had a relic - his out of date machine, so all the more reason why people didn't want to ride on it.I love the mellotron creating the weird carousel effect, especially in the beginning.



Who wants to see the fat skeleton? | Reviewer: Scott Pierson | 9/8/05

Great Song! I love Idle Race and this is one of their best. Interesting idea about the "skeleton" who's act doesn't do well at the circus. Thus he doesn't eat and remains quite skinny. Then he is asked to run the "roundabout" and business does quite well. He eats more and is no longer skeletal so he gets fired...





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