"Costume Makes the Clown" as written by Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll and Brendan Buckley....
Told you I felt lucky with my humble breasts
Well, I don't
Said that I was sure the world was gonna change
Well, I'm not
Before I didn't give a damn 'bout what they say
But I do
Promised that I'll never-ever lie to you

So you can't hide
Taking the make-up off my face
Before I forget my own features

I'm not here to let you down
But the costume makes the clown
It's just lashing out on me, don't be so hard
Don't be so hard on this
It's your turn now
To cheat on me

Promises I made to you went down the sink
Really hope I haven't harmed your self-esteem
I'm not a virgin but I'm not the whore you think
And I don't always smell like strawberries and cream

So you can hide
I'm taking the make-up off my face
Before I forget who I am now

'Cause I'm not here to let you down
But the costume makes the clown
It's just life's anatomy, don't be so hard
Don't be so hard on this
It's your turn now, turn now

I'm not here to let you down
But the costume makes the clown
It's just life's anatomy, don't be so hard
Don't be so hard on this
It's your turn now, your turn now

So don't shit on me


Lyrics submitted by elskaligr

"Costume Makes the Clown" as written by Shakira Isabel Mebarak Brendan Buckley

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    General CommentThis song talk about Shakira as a mature individual who no longer want to be hidden by an attempt to maintain an image. The opening lyrics show Shakira's confession many of her untold secrets, with the promise she will stay honest. The next lines in which she says the costume makes the clown basically says that the glamour and image she presents isn't who she was, she then begs that people will be understading and goes on to say "its your turn now to cheat on me" implying that by hiding her true nature she has in a way cheated on whoever she is doing the confession and she is accepting of the fact that there might be repercussions. The rest of the song just continue the message that she is willing to open up and show her true nature while tyring to make others understand that is is human nature to want to hide who you really are from time to time. Again Shakira succeeds to write an execellent song about human nature and not just superficial subjects as many other artist tend to do.
    jac_2500on April 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI have always really enjoyed her round-about way of getting to the point in her song... You can always tell what she is talking about, but she gives examples and uses a much more figurative language than just saying "I'm not perfect, and I feel bad if I made you think I was, so it's okay if you want to put up a front, too, I guess." It seems like a few of the words are not right, though.

    "So look at how I'm taking the make-up off my face"

    Nothing that changes the meaning of the song very much, though.
    lizzieluvs2playon June 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI have always really enjoyed her round-about way of getting to the point in her song... You can always tell what she is talking about, but she gives examples and uses a much more figurative language than just saying "I'm not perfect, and I feel bad if I made you think I was, so it's okay if you want to put up a front, too, I guess." It seems like a few of the words are not right, though.

    "So look at how I'm taking the make-up off my face"

    Nothing that changes the meaning of the song very much, though.
    lizzieluvs2playon June 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHERE ARE THE CORRECTED LYRICS

    Told you I felt lucky with my humble breasts
    Well I don't
    Said that I was sure the world was gonna change
    Well I'm not
    Swore I didn't give a damn 'bout what they say
    But I do
    Promised that I'd never ever lie to you

    But look at how
    I'm Taking the make-up off my face
    Before I forget my own features

    I'm not here to let you down
    But the costume makes the clown
    That's just life's anatomy
    Don't be so hard
    Don't be so hard on this
    It's your turn now
    To cheat on me

    Promises I made to you went down the sink
    I Really hope I haven't harmed your self esteem
    I'm not a virgin but I'm not the whore you think
    And I don't always smell like strawberries and cream

    so look at how
    Taking the make-up off my face
    Before I forget who I am now

    (Repeat chorus)
    e3ferdon March 30, 2007   Link

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