"Dress Me Like a Clown" as written by and Richard Charles Edwards....
I am alive, I am alive
and that is the best that I can do
But Gomer you lied
You swore you were mine
I'd take you back a thousand times.

Talk of the town, you've been around
If he is the man you want then you'll go
But tonight we'll leave all our lovers behind
And try to live a quiet life.
My love has dressed me like a clown.

You are an asp, a snake in the grass
Vanity seeps from out your pores,
And baby it's time to pay for my crime.
Nothing I'd say could make you mine.
Either sing it in key or run into me.
I can think it as good as you.

But tonight we'll leave all our stupid songs
We'll drive, and reach the hills by dawn.
My love has dressed me like a clown.
Tonight we'll leave all our lovers behind
And try to live a quiet life.
Margot, dressed me like a clown.

Tonight we'll drink into an early grave
We'll laugh, but we will not be saved.
Someone has dressed us all like clowns.

Darling it's sin, where do I begin
Putting your contact lenses in
You say the lights scurry like mice
Reflecting the streets in your blue eyes.
I'm in the roof, way to grow up
Turn me around and love me up.
Baby you are an asp, a snake in the grass
Vanity oozes out your pores.


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  • +3
    General CommentASP! not ASS. CHANGE IT.
    eminaon February 18, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commentalso, it is "Gomer, you lied" not "you go near your light"

    this was an early title for the song.

    also it's "my love has dressed me like a clown" and "margot has dressed me like a clown"

    and at the end, it's "reflectin the streets in your blue eyes. out on the roof, way to grow up, turn me around then bog me up, baby you are an asp, a snake in the grass, vanity oozes out your pores."
    okayprettygoodon June 10, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentmargot refers to margot tenenbaum. the song is about the movie; an article confirms this in harp magazine from i think september. the article is probably online. miki is right, the song refers to margot's infidelity in the film the royal tenenbaums, whether it's to her husband or to her adopted brother richie. she's screwing around with eli cash. the end.
    IMAROCKSTARRU12on December 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'd like to point out it's 'asp' and not 'ass'.
    Beatseton May 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song's great, anybody got any ideas on what he means by "dress me like a clown"?
    incubustableon October 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this song is about a man who loves a woman who can't stay faithful to him. he loves her, he'll forgive her, he'll take her back every time she strays, but she still can't be with one man and it kills him inside. she's the "talk of the town" (people gossiping), and he even insists that if she wants the other guys, to just leave him and be with them. but at night when he’s with her, he tries to forget all her other lovers and tries to "live a quiet life" with her, as in, imagining she's not cheating on him. when she's "dressing him as a clown" it's her playing him as the fool: he knows, she knows, everyone knows, but he still pretends that she only loves him. he knows inside that "nothing i say could make you mine."

    i also think "i can think it as good as you" is "fake it," as in, if you pretend you're only with me, i'll pretend too. i also think it's interesting that he sings "margot" in there, because margot tenenbaum was cheating on her husband blatantly in The Royal Tenenbaums.
    mikion October 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti tihnk this is one of the best song off of the dust of retreat. margot and the nuclear so and sos are fucking beyond words.

    maybe, 'dress me up like a clown' signifies the fact that each time he takes her back he is humiliated because he knows that the same thing will happen again and again, however, margot, i heard in an interview, is his daughter...
    slinkstersarson October 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"I swore you were mine.
    I'd take you back a thousand times."

    I love those lines and I think it sums up most of the song. She is everything to him, but she's "been around" the town and he knows it. As much as he dislikes that he still cares for her and because everyone knows she is unfaithful she is "dressing him like a clown".. or playing him for a fool.
    loveisfictionon December 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentP.S.
    Under--you just corrected wrong lyrics with more wrong lyrics.


    Way to go.
    xxaxsxhon August 31, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthaha...

    well i love this song.
    Oh! Emilyon September 18, 2007   Link

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