My taste in music has never changed over the years at all. I adored this song as a young teenager in Goldenbridge in the late sixties and beyond, and even listening to – what has now become a legendary folk-song – it still fails not to move me immensely. It’s kind of strange looking at the singers in action, as I would have mostly only remembered their songs from old vinyl records/cassettes and sleeve images of same. They look very conservative in their whole demeanour. The harmonies, various instruments and orchestra in background all lend so much to the musicality of this very soothing folk song. The very elegant classic style of attire of performers is also so becoming!
The Carnival Is Over: The Seekers. #1 in Australia & UK in 1965. (Capo 2nd fret.) #1. G C G G7 Say goodbye, my own true lover, as we sing a C C7 lover's song. F C How it breaks my heart to leave you... Am F G G7 now the carnival is gone. #2. C G High above, the dawn is waking, and my G7 C C7 tears are falling rain. F C Am F C C7 For the carnival is over..we may never meet again. CHORUS: C7 F G C Like a drum my heart was beating, Am F G Em and your kiss was sweet as wine. F G Em But the joys of love are fleeting, F Bb G for Pierrot and Col..um..bine. #3. C G G7 Now the harbour light is calling..this will be C C7 our last goodbye. F C Am F Though the carnival is over....I will love you, G C C7 till I die. CHORUS: C7 F G C Like a drum my heart was beating, Am F G Em and your kiss was sweet as wine. F G Em But the joys of love are fleeting, F Bb G for Pierrot and Col..um..bine. #4. C G G7 Now the harbour light is calling..this will be C C7 our last goodbye. F C Am F Though the carnival is over....I will love you, G C C7 till I die. OUTRO: F C Though the carnival is over.... Am F G G7 C I will love you...till I die.
Tom Springfield wrote this for the Seekers. He based the melody on the Russian folk song Stenka Razin (or Stenka Rasin). Stenka Razin was a Cossack rebel leader who led a major Cossack and peasant rebellion on Russia’s southeastern frontier in 1670-71. He has been celebrated in a number of songs. Pete Seeger in 1953 sang an English-language version of Stenka Razin, which may have been the version known by Tom Springfield.
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From their farewell concert at the BBC in London July 7 1968. “The carnival is over” Not until 1993 did they get together again with Judith as a lead singer. They then more or less performed concerts together until 2004.But the years are moving on for all of us and they have retired for good now as a group after having their last tour summer of 2004. Their last ever concert was in Hong Kong October 8th 2004. Keith Potger, Judith Durham and Athol Guy still perform in Australia as solo artists.
But as they have said themselves:”Never say never”they are to tour in May 2011 with Andre Rieu in Australia.