"Sad Clown" as written by Joe Purdy and Brian Wright....
Darling I've been down and out
Ever since you left town
I ain't been the same no matter how I try
Sometimes we don't get to choose
The ones who wear these walking shoes
I'm just a poor boy with the blues
No I ain't nothin' new

I'm gonna fill this whiskey cup
And I'm gonna pick me some banjo up
I'm gonna play with the tragedies
Singing good time harmonies
B Wright don't you let me down
Play that one called sad clown
You know that ones about me
I've been thinking about leaving town

Well sunshine she came out today
And it don't matter anyways
Cause I still see the water
That's drippin' down my door
I used to hear the children play
I used to hear the birds sing
One day they just stopped
I don't hear them anymore

I'm gonna fill this whiskey cup
And I'm gonna pick me some banjo up
I'm gonna play with the tragedies
Singing good time harmonies
B Wright don't you let me down
Play that one called sad clown
You know that ones about me
I've been thinking about leaving town

Oh and I got caught in this whistling wind
Doin' my best to regret these sins
Lord would you forgive me if you know that I'm gonna do it again
Its not that I'm not sorry Lord, its just that I'm not strong
Oh cause when that woman looks at me I cant remember right from wrong

I'm gonna fill this whiskey cup
And I'm gonna pick me some banjo up
I'm gonna play with the tragedies
Singing good time harmonies
B Wright don't you let me down
Play that one called sad clown
You know that ones about me
I've been thinking about leaving town

[Repeat: x3]
Sad clown, sad clown
Watch the wheels roll around
Take that money into town
Go buy a drink
Sad clown, sad clown
Always with that same frown
Circus train got you down,
You're thinking bout leaving town


Lyrics submitted by DeannaBean

"Ode to Sad Clown" as written by Joe Purdy Brian Wright

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    General Commentgreat song..

    can't believe no one else has commented on this one.
    bebop8929on March 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentA song about struggling to live with our regrets, or with the people we have hurt. Wanting to leave town and start a new life somewhere else cuz he is dissatisfied with the way life has panned out for him in his current town.
    "It's not that Im not sorry, its just that Im not strong" - such rugged honestly about the temptation that has plagued men since Eden. Somehow whiskey and the banjo are his only escape, however temporary their comfort, they're usually welcome.
    FlakePirateon April 24, 2008   Link
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    General Commentwhen i first heard this the ending was really emotional, i didn't really know what he was saying but it nearly got a tear out of me. God likes this song, i know he told me. i was playing music, and before this song came on, we were discussing what God might like to listen to in my mind, and then the thought came, this is the one he likes.
    playboion September 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWho is B Wright?

    I cant find anyone called that who sings/plays a song called sad clown
    nothidarion October 30, 2008   Link
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    General Commentbrian wright does, in fact, have a song called "sad clown." in fact, i though this song was actually called "ode to sad clown" in honor of brian's original.

    here's the link to brian's song: cdbaby.com/cd/…

    you can hear brian singing on this song of joe's nearer the end. hear the husky voice singing about wheels roll 'round? that's brian. and everyone should be his fan. he's astounding.
    surgngnlon August 28, 2009   Link

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