Life Is a Carnival

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"Life is a Carnival"
Dutch cover
Single by The Band
from the album Cahoots
Released 1971
Genre Roots rock, Americana
Length 03:50
Label Capitol Records

"Life is a Carnival" is the opening track of The Band's fourth album, Cahoots. Written by Rick Danko, Levon Helm, and Robbie Robertson, the song features horn arrangements by New Orleans musician Allen Toussaint. The song is the only track from the Cahoots album included on the original releases of both the Rock of Ages album and The Last Waltz box set.

Musical notation for this song is printed on a wall behind Levon Helm's grave in Woodstock, New York.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1971) Peak
Canadian RPM Singles Chart[1] 25
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 72


  1. ^ "RPM Top Singles for November 6, 1971". RPM. Retrieved August 10, 2011.