Johnes/ Page/ Plant/
Записана в ноябре/декабре 1978
на студии Polar Studios, Stockholm.
Смикширована на студии Plumpton Studio.
Инженер Лейф Масес (Leif Mases).
Впервые выпущена 15 августа 1979 на альбоме «In Through The Out Door»
Выпускалась также на сборниках 21 сентября 1993 года «Boxed Set2» (Atlantic 82477) и 6 октября 1993 года «The Complete Studio Recordings» (Atlantic 82526).
The name is a reference to the band thinking the song sounded a bit like Carousel music.
An observation about the person who is the object of the song is disguised by references to the past, who, according to Plant, will one day realise it was written with him in mind and say, «My God! Was it really like that?»
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' 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, throw down the key. 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…