"The Comedians" as written by and Elvis Costello....
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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"The Comedians" as written by Elvis Costello

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    General CommentCostello wrote it for Orbison for Roy's last album
    Girgoon March 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is a great song, no doubt. I was pretty sure that it was an Elvis Costello song that Roy Orbison covered on the "Bespoke Songs..." EC cover album?

    Either way...
    nauesouon July 28, 2005   Link

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