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"Carouselambra" is the fifth track on Led Zeppelin's 1979 album In Through the Out Door. The name Carouselambra is a reference to the first section of the song sounding similar to carousel music. It is the second-longest song the band recorded in the studio (after "In My Time of Dying"), clocking in at more than 10 minutes in length. Wikipedia

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Song Lyrics


Sisters of the way-side bide their time in quiet peace,

Await their place within the ring of calm;

Still stand to turn in seconds of release,

Await the call they know may never come.

In times of lightness, no intruder dared upon

To jeopardize the course, upset the run;

And all was joy and hands were raised toward the sun

As love in the halls of plenty overrun.

Still in their bliss unchallenged mighty feast,

Unending dances shadowed on the day.

Within their walls, their daunting formless keep,

Preserved their joy and kept their doubts at bay.

Faceless legions stood in readiness to weep,

Just turn a coin, bring order to the fray;

And everything is soon no sooner thought than deed,

But no one seemed to question in anyway.

How keen the storied hunter`s eye prevails upon the land

To seek the unsuspecting and the weak;

And powerless the fabled sat, too smug to lift a hand

Toward the foe that threatened from the deep.

Who cares to dry the cheeks of those who saddened stand

Adrift upon a sea of futile speech?

And to fall to fate and make the `status plan`

*** But no one there had heaven within their reach.


Where was your word, where did you go?

Where was your helping, where was your bow? Bow.

Dull is the armour, cold is the day.

Hard was the journey, dark was the way. Way.

I heard the word; I couldn`t stay. Oh.

I couldn`t stand it another day, another day,

Another day, another day.

Touched by the timely coming,

Roused from the keeper`s sleep,

Release the grip, fall down the keep

Held now within the knowing,

Rest now within the peace.

Take of the fruit, but guard the seed.

They had to stay!

Held now within the knowing,

Rest now within the beat.

Take of the fruit, but guard the seed...

*** Take of the fruit, but guard the seed...

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Release History

Disc Track Album Year
1 5 In Through The Out Door Studio Album 2012
1 0 Complete Studio Recordings Album
1 0 Led Zeppelin (2 CD Box Set) Album
1 5 The Complete Studio Recordings Compilation 1993
1 16 Boxed Set2 Compilation 1993
9 14 Definitive Collection Of Mini-LP Replica CDs Compilation 2008
1 10 Out Through The Back Door Unofficial
1 3 In Through The Outdoor Sessions Unofficial 2010
1 16 Boxed Set 2 Compilation 1993
1 5 Definitive Collection Compilation 2008
1 8 Brutal Artistry 2 Compilation 1997
1 7 Studio Sessions
1 194 Studio Magik: Sessions 1968 - 1980 2013

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Led Zeppelin - In Through The Out Door
Track Song Title Duration
1 In The Evening 9:22
2 South Bound Saurez 4:14
3 Fool In The Rain 6:13
4 Hot Dog 3:16
5 Carouselambra 0:32
6 All My Love 5:51
7 I'm Gonna Crawl 5:30
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