I always thought this song--when I heard it sung by Bob Dylan and The Byrds--was pretty peppy and happy-go-lucky. And then one day I actually heard the lyrics and realized how desperate and sad it is. So of course, being me, that meant I loved it even more. Yesterday I figured there must be a version that is true in mood to the sentiment of the lyrics, and I think Melanie hits it on the head.
take me on a trip upon your magic swirlin' ship
my senses have been stripped, my hands can't feel to grip
my toes too numb to step
wait only for my boot heels to be wanderin'
I'm ready to go anywhere, I'm ready for to fade
into my own parade, cast your dancing spell my way
I promise to go under it
Then take me disappearin' through the smoke rings of my mind
down the foggy ruins of time, far past the frozen leaves
the haunted, frightened trees, out to the windy beach
far from the twisted reach of crazy sorrow
Yes, to dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free
silhouetted by the sea, circled by the circus sands
with all memory and fate driven deep beneath the waveslet me forget about today until tomorrow
(The lyrics I posted are from Dylan's website, and Melanie changes them a bit herself. Just FYI.)