"Circus" as written by and Eric Patrick Clapton....
Little man with his eyes on fire
And his smile so bright.
In his hands are the toys you gave
To fill his heart with delight.

[Chorus:]
And in the ring stands a circus clown
Holding up a knife.
What you see and what you will hear
Will last you for the rest of your life.

And it's sad so sad
There ain't no easy way round.
And it's sad so sad
All you friends gather round
'Cause the circus left town.

Little man with his heart so pure
And his love so fine.
Stick with me and I'll ride with you
Till the end of the line.

Hold my hand and I'll walk with you
Through the darkest night.
When I smile I'll be thinking of you
And every little thing will be all right.

[Chorus: x2]

The circus left town, left town.
The circus left town, left town


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"Circus" as written by Eric Patrick Clapton

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    General CommentThis is kind of a sad song. Its about Claptons boy Connor that fell from a window the day after the two of them went to a circus.
    theziggon August 10, 2006   Link
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    General Commentits sad that there are only 2 comments here
    this is one of his deeper songs about Conor and how they saw a circus the night before he died that was the last time clapton saw him

    What you see and what you will hear
    Will last you for the rest of your life
    deathcab4cootieson February 17, 2007   Link
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    General Commentone of the best songs on the Pilgrim album. Great acoustic guitar. and the sadness in Clapton's voice..
    ArabianDiscoon June 17, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationClapton definitely has the emotion in this. Needless to say, the song is about his dead son.

    It's somewhat similiar to Tears in Heaven but it holds the rawness of sudden loss in it (instead of looking in to the future).
    zettjhon November 23, 2010   Link
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    General CommentHeartbreaking song. Just came up on my iPod and I logged in to confirm my worst fears. It is about his son. Rest in peace little guy.
    salparadise63on February 09, 2011   Link

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