Carnival (The Cardigans song)

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Single by The Cardigans
from the album Life
B-side "Mr Crowley", "Emmerdale"
Released 1995
Format CD single
Recorded 1995
Length 3:20 (single/radio edit)
3:37 (album version)
Label Trampolene Records
Writer(s) Peter Svensson, Magnus Sveningsson, Nina Persson
Producer(s) Tore Johansson
The Cardigans singles chronology
"Sick & Tired" (reissue)

"Carnival" is a pop song by The Cardigans. It was released in 1995 as the first single from their second album Life, and since the previous album and its singles were only released in Sweden, it was their international debut. It gave the group their first appearance on the UK Charts, reaching number 72 in June 1995. After their next single "Sick & Tired" reached the top 40, "Carnival" was re-pressed and reached a peak of number 35.

"Carnival" was also the first released material by The Cardigans on which Nina Persson received a writing credit, on this occasion alongside bassist Magnus Svenningsson whom she would later supersede as the group's primary lyricist. The song concerns the narrator's unrequited love for a boy, and mentions a "carnival" (the description actually appears to refer to a funfair) which the narrator would like to attend with the boy but does not go because he never responds to her. The song's verses include the sound of what appears to be a hammond organ.

The single's B sides were a cover of Ozzy Osbourne's "Mr Crowley", one of several Osbourne and Black Sabbath cover versions released by the group; and "Emmerdale", an instrumental which shared its name with their previous album, but did not appear on it.

Track listing[edit]

  • International CD single (1995)
  1. "Carnival" - 3:20
  2. "Mr Crowley" - 2:35
  3. "Emmerdale" - 2:25


Chart (1995) Peak
UK Singles Chart 35