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Artist Name: THE SEEKERS
Hit Month (Australia): November 1965
Song Author: Tom Springfield
Year Recorded: 1965
Record Label: Columbia
Label Number: DO-4626
"The Carnival Is Over"

Single by The Seekers

B-side "We Shall Not Be Moved"
Released 1965
Format 7" 45rpm
Genre folk rock, baroque pop

Writer(s) Tom Springfield (only lyrics)

"The Carnival Is Over" is a Russian folk song (1883) with lyrics written by Tom Springfield in 1965 for the Australian group The Seekers, who customarily close their concerts with it.

At its peak, the song was selling 93,000 copies per day and is No 30 of the biggest selling singles of all time in the United Kingdom.

"The Carnival Is Over", being sung by The Seekers, has also become a tradition to close some of the special events within Australia. It was also played at the Expo '88 closing ceremony, with Julie Anthony taking the place of Judith Durham along with the usual members of the group, Athol Guy, Keith Potger and Bruce Woodley, pictured on the single cover.

The Seekers were supposed to have performed this song at the end of the closing ceremony for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney[citation needed] but the performance was cancelled after Judith Durham broke her hip.

The Seekers did, however, sing the song at the conclusion of the 2000 Summer Paralympics, with Judith Durham seated in a wheelchair.

The tradition of the song's being sung at conclusions of special celebrations in Australia is so well known that the cast of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation comedy series The Games, which was about the forthcoming Sydney 2000 Olympics, imitated the group singing "The Carnival Is Over" at the 'closing ceremony' of 'their' version of the Sydney Olympic Games.


Athol Guy
Keith Potger
Bruce Woodley
Judith Durham

Past members:

Ken Ray
Louisa Wisseling
Buddy England
Peter Robinson
Julie Anthony
Karen Knowles