I chose ‘Merry Go Round’ because I was always curious about what this song actually meant. This song was written as a joke, but it became one of Kacey Musgraves most popular songs. This song started with one of Kacey’s friends that was talking about one of her neighbors down the street. She said, “Well, I don’t know if she’s selling Mary K or Mary Jane, or something down there. I don’t know what she’s doing.” She started writing a song to see how many ‘Marys’ she can put in a song, but after she started writing the song, a deeper meaning was created.
“A deeper meaning came to life whenever we started really tossing the idea around. We’re all from small towns so we all can relate that way. It’s just a special song about life in general and the patterns that you get into. I feel like it’s something everyone can relate to.” She also said that the main message of this song is to, “never settle.”
The first verse shows a stereotype that you can’t start a family during your middle ages.
‘Same hurt in every heart,’ means that we all have the same struggles, we just deal with them differently.
The broken merry go round is comparable to life. You plan your life ahead of time and expect to know where you’re going to end up, but life just keeps spinning and getting out of hand until you end up somewhere you never thought you would.
I never knew what the Jack and Jill rhyme meant at the end. The reference to Jack and Jill implies that the couple were on a journey together, but things didn’t last. Jack became a drunk and drug addict. It also refers Jack to the cheating husband. “Mary had a little lamb,” refers to the neighbor having a kid.