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Merry Go Round

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.


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  • I have heard this song and I really like it. It is so much more different than other female country artist songs. I know many of her songs and I like all of them. She really speaks her opinion in her songs. I didn't know what the end meant until today but I have always like how it ended with that instead of a fade. The music is soft and quiet and I really like that because it doesn't overpower her voice. It is really funny to me that this song was a joke at first because it turned out really good and really popular.
  • I thought this song was interesting because it tells kind of the aftermath of staying in the same town your whole life. I know this is fairly common for most people to do, but I think everyone should at least get out of their hometown and experience new things and figure out what they want out of life. I don't think you should expect the same thing all the time and do exactly what your parents did. I liked that this song showed the negative side of doing all these things because I think getting out and experiencing life on your own is very important, otherwise you might not figure out what you really want.
  • I liked your choice of song because it was something different. First off, because it was a country song and nobody has brought that. Second, it was different because the song started as a joke and I would have never guessed that before. I agree with the song when it says that "same hurt in every heart". That holds true for everyone because everyone will always be hurt in some way or another and it's hard for some people/families to get through it. I liked the meaning of "never settle". That was really good
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