Life Is a Carnival

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"Life is a Carnival"
Life Is a Carnival cover.jpg
Dutch cover
Single by the Band
from the album Cahoots
B-side"The Moon Struck One"
RecordedEarly 1971
GenreRoots rock, Americana
LabelCapitol Records
Songwriter(s)Levon Helm, Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko
Producer(s)The Band

"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 Rock of Ages and The Last Waltz. 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.


Horn players uncredited; horn arrangements by Allen Toussaint.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1971) Peak
Canadian RPM Singles Chart[2] 25
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 72


  1. ^ "Who Plays What Instruments "Cahoots"". Retrieved 2016-10-04.
  2. ^ "RPM Top Singles for November 6, 1971". RPM. Retrieved August 10, 2011.