"Merry-go-round" is the last song of John Duke's 1974 song cycle Good Morning: A Cycle of Six Songs For High Voice, which sets the poetry of Mark Van Doren.

The song cycle is published as part of the collection Songs by John Duke, Vol. 3 (Southern Music Company).

The poetry of Good Morning: A Cycle of Six Songs For High Voice is from Van Doren's 1973 volume Good Morning: Last Poems.

Date: 1974Composer: John Woods DukeText: Mark Van DorenSong Collection: Good Morning: Six Songs for High Voice

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by Mark Van Doren

Horses in front of me,
Horses behind,
But mine is the best one,
He never looks down.
He rises and falls
As if there were waves,
But he never goes under,
Oh, music, oh, mine.

He is steady and strong,
And he knows I am here,
He says he is glad
That I picked him to ride.
But he hasn’t a name.
I told him my own,
And he only went faster,
Oh, music, oh, mine.

Around and around,
And the people out there
Don’t notice how happy
I am, I am.
The others are too,
But I am the most,
The most, the most,
Oh, music, oh, mine.

Sheet Music

Songs by John Duke, Vol. 3

Composer(s): John Duke

Song(s): 1. Bredon Hill (А.Е. Housman)
2. Reality (Dorothy Duke)
3. Penguin Geometry (Donald Wheelock)
4. Good Morning (Mark Van Doren)
5. Walking in the Rain (Mark Van Doren)
6. Those Great Clouds There (Mark Van Doren)
7. Water that Falls and Runs Away (Mark Van Doren)
8. Listen to Us, the Leaves Say (Mark Van Doren)
9. Merry-go-round (Mark Van Doren)
10. Stillness (Karen Duke)
11. Lovely (Mary L. Fortson)
12. The Sheaves (E.A. Robinson)
13. А Winter Night (Sara Teasdale)
14. The Return from Town (Edna St. Vincent Millay)
15. When, in Disgrace with Fortune (William Shakespeare)
16. Politics (W.B. Yeats)
17. Old Ben Golliday (Mark Van Doren)
18. Tiger! Tiger! (William Blake)
19. She's Somewhere in the Sunlight Strong (Richard LeGallienne)
20. I Lost My Heart (A.E. Housman)
21. The Wind Has Changed (Mark Van Doren)

Voice Type: Mixed Voice, High/Medium

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