Roy Orbison - The Comedians Lyrics




I sat there alone upon the ferris wheel
A pastel colored carriage in the air
I thought you'd leave me dangling for a little while
A silly twist upon a childish dare

Below I saw you whispering to another man
Who held the lever that could bring me down
He'd stop the world from turning at your command
It's always something cruel that laughter drowns

And I'm up while the dawn is breaking
Even though my heart is aching
I should be drinking a toast
To absent friends
Instead of these comedians

I can hardly hear the music from the carousel
The wind picks up, the carriage starts sway
As one by one the lights go out
It's closing time
I see you take his hand and walk away
Walk away

They say that you will always be the last to know
They say that all that glitters is not gold
It's not just that you're never coming back to me
It's the bitter way that I was told

And I'm up while the dawn is breaking
Even though my heart is aching
I should be drinking a toast
To absent friends
Instead of these comedians





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  1. eduardo araved

    simplemente el mejor


    I sat there alone upon the ferris wheel
    A pastel-colored carriage in the air
    I thought you'd leave me dangling for a little while
    A silly twist upon a childish dare
    Below I saw you whispering to another man
    Who held the lever that could bring me down
    He'd stop the world from turning at your command
    It's always something cruel that laughter drowns


    And I'm up while the dawn is breaking
    Even though my heart is aching
    I should be drinking a toast
    To absent friends
    Instead of these
    Comedians


    I can hardly hear the music from the carousel
    The wind picks up, the carriage starts to sway
    As one by one the lights go out, it's closing time
    I see you take his hand and walk away, walk away


    They say that you will always be the last to know
    They say that all that glitters is not gold
    It's not just that you're never coming back to me
    It's the bitter way that I was told


    And I'm up while the dawn is breaking
    Even though my heart is aching
    I should be drinking a toast
    To absent friends
    Instead of these
    Comedians

  2. The Fonz

    Image ratio fail this should be in 4:3.

  3. Alan Wright

    Why is it the one can't listen to Roy's songs without a tear forming in ones eye? Could it be the beautiful voice, the words of the songs, knowing the tragedy in the man's life or all of the above?

  4. Stephen Payne

    If this was the only song Elvis Costello ever wrote, he'd be famous for it. Thankfully he wrote so many others equally magisterial.

  5. elizabeth wood

    I know this was written by Costello (&maybe big O himself) I don’t know- Just amazing x

  6. paulla smith

    What a way to say "adios amigo" (there's 51 ways to leave your lover)!

  7. Steve Matchett

    The three greatest purveyors of the unrequited love song - Roy Orbison, Helen Shapiro & (early) Neil Diamond

  8. Geoff Campbell

    Written by Elvis Costello👍

  9. Tom Alexander

    Greatest Pop singer that ever lived

  10. paulla smith

    to be left (for another) at the top of a ferris wheel.,.,.,sad indeed!

  11. bbathoorn

    Twenty-five comedians don't like this beautiful song... .

  12. jordi nadal marti

    aquesta cançó em te el cor robat.gracies per haber existit.

  13. xxcrysad3000xx

    One of his more underrated songs, I think this is just beautiful and should be on any greatest hits of his.

  14. Warren Daly

    Beautiful... Just beautiful.

  15. Atomic Boy

    This song to me is like someone's bad dream during a fitful nights sleep.

  16. Buzz Houle

    God Bless Roy Orbison:
    Music's Patron Saint of the Sad and Broken-Hearted

  17. Jose Diaz

    My heart goes out to this great man! He died too soon and had a hard life. In top of that he had to deal with the Beatles and Elvis in his prime!

  18. Samrocket132 Fitsjerols

    I love this

  19. Laurent Cambon

    Should have 7 billion views

  20. Kozy's Cyclery

    ronald koziel

  21. Belinda Jones

    I've never heard this song before, but as usual Roy Orbison sings it perfectly. Why isn't it on here with the other songs from Black and White Night? It would have been a great addition.

  22. Loralei Jessick

    With the lyrical content and the beat behind it it's astounding they didn't find a use for this in the Watchmen movie. It's such a powerful and beautiful piece of music it would have fit perfectly when Blake was knocked out of the window.

  23. Beatrice Bee

    The King, beautiful

  24. Heart of it all detectorist

    Love the imagery of this song...the story...but if one thinks of it...the poor guy was left hanging why his woman left him for a carney who ran the ride...if she left for that...he didn't lose much!

  25. fletcher christian

    Anyone who gives this a bad review must live on a different planet from me. one of the most beautifull songs ever written thanks to Declan then sung from the heart by Roy. Simply wonderfull

  26. Katie

    It's not just that you're never coming back to me; it's the bitter way that I was told.

  27. Doug Olps

    The dude had piiiiipes

  28. albert van benthem

    Beautiful song,I cried

  29. Lindsay Cooper

    There's so much going on here. Love it like I do all of Roy's treasures...

  30. Peter Taylor

    There is only one Roy Orbison he is a Absolutley Amazing Singer

    Humble

    There was a great Roy Orbison impersonator called Gerry Grant who looked and sounded like Roy.Even Roy Orbison approved when he met in a nightclub in Manchester England Check this out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwTXUqyxmdw&start_radio=1&list=RDhwTXUqyxmdw and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddPhQ5DJ9n4 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8iOEerM0n0 Sadly he passed away in 2010 aged 64

  31. tyreburster

    Ron Tutt holds down the beat effortlessly and beautifully.

  32. Herbert Norkus

    I recall when i first heard this song thinking it was one of his 1960s recordings...it just fits in with the rest of his catalogue so well that youd never know it was by elvis costello. Love this song!

  33. hanholc

    Niesamowity głos :)

  34. Stu Stewart

    The people that give this man and this song a thumbs down ,have no pulse, cause their dead!

  35. J.M. G.

    Only a person possessing an immense amount of talent could be precocious enough to write a song for the legendary singer Roy Orbison and actually pull it off: the equally legendary Elvis Costello!

  36. philip day

    19 people don't like this song what planet u on Roy is the best singer in the world xxx

  37. Donald Matthew

    Let's all "drink a toast to absent friend's".

  38. Rosemarie Barnes

    Fabulous. Great song. Thank you Andy  Wilkins for sending me the link.

  39. L. R.

    Well, he was brilliant, wasn't he? Love you Roy! And of course, a brilliant song by Elvis Costello makes it perfect!

  40. Morgan Näslund

    he strong inside

  41. Valentena Upton

    The phenomenal Roy Orbison

  42. ron sands

    just a perfect song sung by the best voice the world will ever know

  43. raincoatriver

    One genius channeling the other...thank you Roy and E.C.

    pauline watson

    Great way of putting it Raincoatdriver

  44. adam diamond

    terrific song, and delivered so powerfully - operatic Roy !

  45. ZHenrique Miranda

    So fucking nice!
    I love this!!!
    Thanks Roy and Elvis Costello.

  46. Harold Rauch

    Great song, good beat, good story, Great finish by Roy and Roy's high notes at the end.

  47. MrZissi

    Whoever doesn't like this has a dog's ears.

    H Honig

    Dog's ears are very sensitive.

  48. Alan Hanlon

    Best voice ever even though I like Elvis more

  49. Harold Rauch

    To Frank Curry,  I totally agree with you, truly incredible music

  50. Nancy Burridge

    What an astounding performer.

  51. gary Whiting

    the greatest

  52. william redpath

    Amazing big o

  53. tony silver

    quite simply a great song sung by one of the all time best pop singers

  54. Fred Fat

    a rescued song by costello put in its rightful place with mr orbison - sublime

  55. Ida Williams

    Its the bitter way I was told 💧💧💧💧💧💧💧💧

  56. Devon Johnstone

    A super show.

  57. Laurance987

    Listen, Roy... Once you figure out what a joke everything is, being The Comedian is the only thing that makes sense.

    Richard Hayward

    Unless you have some ounce of decency and integrity...

  58. Ferenc Péter Petrovics

    Szia " bill pattersonn" biztos vagyok benne , hogy van fordító programod ! Üdvözöllek !!
    Hogy tudd .....ez a MI bojgóng ....... a zene és szeretet égiteste......csak sok pénzéhes BUTA
    EMBER ezt megpróbálja tönkre tenni .......pedig jobb sorsra utalt ...A MI ISTENÜNK!!

    J.M. G.

    Ferenc Péter Petrovics Yeah...Exactly.

  59. Douglas Lewis

    "Absent Friends!"

  60. alan grey

    Brilliant

  61. Richie Betz

    Legend...

  62. frank curry

    WALK AWAY  --  SHIVERS!!

    Randy Rudd

    frank curry yeah man. So poignant.

  63. Jörgis Andres

    so, so wonderful...thank you for this song!

    volgie56

    thank elvis Costello for writing it

  64. frank curry

    Incredible Singer - No one will ever come close - Absolutely Amazing !!!!

    frank curry

    Well no need to get on your high horse mate - Elvis was Great too - The second best singer of all time Haha !

    frank curry

    Thanks for the comment - Must be awful having hearing difficulties - It would make me swear too !

    Jai Franklin

    100% agree no one can match him 🕶

    Tom Alexander

    @The One and Only KC Elvis lol

    Laurent Cambon

    TheOneAndOnly KC. You Know I'm Right, So F-ck Off. Do you worship Satan ?

  65. Terry Talbot

    simply put Roy is a legend,untouchable

  66. Milton Williams

    To watch this video of Roy is so enjoyable, your not only hearing but also seeing one of the greatest singers ever in the history of "Rock & Roll". What a terrible tragedy it was to the world of music that we lost Roy at such a young age. Roy truly is an Icon and Legend in the history of Rock & Roll.

    Carolyn DeJesu

    +Milton Williams So happy that you also think he is one of the greatest of all times...

    Mango's Durruti Ascaso

    Absolutely true!!!!

  67. Scottish John

    I would really love to know the story behind this song, it's so different. !!!

  68. Boyd Duncan

    My favourite song from the Man. Declan what a job you did in writing this, and Roy, nobody could have done with it what you did. A quarter of a century on, it still give me goosebumps and tears me up. Powerful, powerful, powerful! Thank you Mr Orbison for the legacy you've left us. That voice is eternal.

    volgie56

    it's as if Costello wrote this with Roy in mind, although Costello recorded this b4 this concert

    Luis Alfonso Lopecelis

    I got the same feelings with this song...

  69. brian sinkins

    Brilliant song but betrayal is so devastating on the Spirit.

  70. Wat DeFuq

    "this song was written by elvis costello especially for roy" - sukes58. Is that why the lyrics are completely different from Costello's own version on the 'Goodbye Cruel World' LP?

    Michel Linschoten

    He was there, KD lang, Bruce sprinsteen, Elvis costello and such..

  71. Billy James

    no music like this today..just about brings tears..his soaring voice

  72. graydon blower

    elvis Costello genius

    Mark Lowe

    @graydon blower ???? This is legendary Roy Orbison. Drink some coffee

    graydon blower

    elvis costello  wrote the song!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you drink some tea!!!!!!!!!!

    John Israel Fish

    +Mark Lowe Wrong son. This is mostly legendary Elvis Costello

    J.M. G.

    Mark Lowe I say, you ARE an ass.

  73. Musician’s Mantelpiece

    This is my favourite song ever I think.  So melancholy, yet uplifting, with Roy's mellow and intimidating voice.  This is one of the best live song performances ever.

  74. Aaron Gillie

    This must be the best voice in rock and roll history, probably in music history. 

  75. Francis Artanis

    Inconceivable that this song could ever be performed better than this . Roy you were an amazing vocalist and I wish you were still with us and recording in you 70s. It is our loss that you were taken so prematurely.

  76. Steve G

    @King of Baluur:  Not only is Elvis Costello playing behind Orbison, Costello wrote this song.

    Puppy gamer girl

    And freely admits that Orbison totally took it to the next level :)

    Jose Diaz

    Steve G Costello at least wrote this masterpiece

  77. bill patterson

    Thanks for the comment

  78. Paul Pollington

    .........The video is Beautiful too. Amazing cast. Elvis Costello and Bruce Springsteen included = WOW.

  79. Paul Pollington

    This is my most favourite song of all time at the moment equal to Gary Numan's CARS.

  80. Paul Pollington

    Don't spoil the romance of the song :-)

  81. caitlin nash

    2 people were left on the ferris wheel...

  82. bill patterson

    Many thanks for the comment-at 71 I can make the same claim!

  83. nam9506

    I grew up with the "Big O" and his beautiful tenor voice.Thanks for posting.Also Stephen Foster's "Beautiful Dreamer" is even more beautiful when Roy sings it and is definitely worth a listen.
    Cheers nam9506 (Australia)

  84. Leonel Remille

    Haha, good joke, everybody laughs, drums, curtains.

  85. walts Kfan

    love this song and roy orbison rocks thanks for great video takecare evryone love u all

  86. bill patterson

    Cheers Frank and agreed

  87. frank curry

    This is Awesome. Best singer of all time. "Walk Away" just gets to me. So much feeling.
    Check out "This Is My Land" by Roy Orbison. It"s Beautiful....Frank UK.

  88. Daniel B

    The best man and music!

  89. bill patterson

    Running scared is another example...'she turned around and walked away with me' Roy shared all our fears........

  90. William Hedrick

    I love how he ends up getting the girl in "Pretty Woman". He's pretty much given up on her when, "What do I see?...She's walkin' back to me...." Sometimes good guys come out on top after all.

  91. bill patterson

    Agreed 100% on all counts and thanks for the comment!

  92. Heart of it all detectorist

    One of my favs...as far as putting you there and feeling the emotion...Roy...Willy...and Simon and garfunkle I hold major candles too....so much soul and pain.

  93. bill patterson

    Mine too and cheers for the comment!

  94. bill patterson

    Thanks for the comment and yes, a big surprise, there always seems to normally be an angry young man somewhere who feels the need to dislike a video irrespective of its merit!!

  95. dejong93

    Wow 100 likes NO dislikes

  96. redheadedgolem

    Ole Anderson on drums!

    Randy Rudd

    redheadedgolem Ron Tutt; aka Elvis’, Neil Diamond’s, Jerry Garcia’s, drummer. Not to mention a countless studio resume’.

  97. Cherryblossom Musico

    Very well spoken William.......

  98. bill patterson

    Many thsnkd for your kind comment-a great man indeed

  99. William Hedrick

    This is a particularly interesting "celebrity tribute". Whereas in most you'll see the guest of honor interacting with the players and other celebrities. In this one, Roy cracks the whip and there's no question that it's "The Roy Orbison Show". Love this guy- he was the other side of the Elvis coin. Whereas the teenaged girls would sit at home crying waiting for a call from Elvis, Roy was the one who understood their loneliness and what it was like to spend Friday night at home.

  100. rickstar171

    can any modern day "pop" artist command a backing band of all time great artists? no! because they all fail in comparison to the big O