I admit it, I like Alison Moyet’s Invisible, from 1984, and until I wrote this post I had no idea it was written by Lamont Dozier, of Holland-Dozier-Holland fame.
Nevertheless, I don’t get this bit:
I tell myself lies and give you alibies
Knowing your promises, you’ll never keep
Like a merry-go-round, I’m goin’ up, going down
I’m on a dead end street …
A merry-go-round might be placed on a dead-end street (although this would be very poor business practice), but I don’t think the movement which best typifies a merry-go-round is that of “going up, goin’ down”. I know the horses (but rarely the elephants, sadly) do go up and down, but that’s not what draws you to a merry-go-round, is it? Kids don’t say, “Oh please, can I go up and down on the merry-go-round?”
No, because if they did, it would be known as a merry-go-up-and-down.