Life Is a Carnival
|"Life is a Carnival"|
|Single by The Band|
|from the album Cahoots|
|B-side||"The Moon Struck One"|
|Genre||Roots rock, Americana|
|Writer(s)||Levon Helm, Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko|
"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. The song was featured in the Bill Murray movie Larger Than Life.
Musical notation for this song is printed on a wall behind Levon Helm's grave in Woodstock, New York.
- Robbie Robertson - electric and acoustic guitars
- Garth Hudson - Lowrey organ
- Richard Manuel - electric piano
- Rick Danko - bass, co-lead vocals
- Levon Helm - drums, co-lead vocals 
Hon players uncredited; horn arrangements by Allen Toussaint.
|Canadian RPM Singles Chart||25|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||72|
- "RPM Top Singles for November 6, 1971". RPM. Retrieved August 10, 2011.
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