"Clowns" as written by and Alison Elizabeth/gregory Goldfrapp....
Only clowns would play with those balloons
What d'ya wanna look like Barbie for
Dear oh Lord, it's easy

Roasting, roasting, roasting deed
Mahogany
Titties that live on and on and on and on

Only clowns would play with those balloons
What d'ya wanna look like Barbie for
Dear oh Lord, it's easy

Only clowns would play with those balloons
Passive when I'm in record
Day and night I'm watching you

Roasting, roasting, roasting deed
Mahogany
Titties that live on and on and on and on

Only clowns would play with those balloons
What d'ya wanna look like Barbie for
Dear oh Lord, it's easy


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"Clowns" as written by William Owen Gregory Alison Elizabeth Goldfrapp

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  • +2
    General CommentBOOBS. It's criticizing a girl who has breast implants and a melanoma-causing tan. But she's merely being polite. Her criticism could be much worse. And plus, she's watching her. So it's not like this girl is going unnoticed.
    mikeypaintson March 23, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI feel like there's more dimension than it just being a base level "criticism." I remember reading that Alison is often reluctant to talk about her age (she is 42) and I think this song illustrates some conflicts within herself.

    I feel it's saying that while she believes that the idea of reconstructive surgery is in itself unnatural, the music industry has become so visually oriented, and she can't escape from that. After all, we don't criticize things that we are indifferent to. She is certainly a sex symbol of sorts; her music is glamorous and erotic, but as she is getting older, I think she's probably conflicted about maintaining the image she's built or wondering if there's any real integrity in that.

    I think that the lyric, "Passive when I'm in record, Day and night I'm watching you," evidences her conflict in that she may pretend to be above the vanity, but also has a slight obsession with it. I really like the new direction she has taken with such an introspective album.
    CrosswordSmileon July 13, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song. There's a great interview with Alison where the interviewer says 'Clowns sounds like adeep song. What's it all about?' and she just says 'Tits'.
    cosmichandson September 19, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmy fave song of the new album♥
    pimpingpastaon March 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlol, mikey has it.
    nicexdreamon March 25, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLove this song. I thought it would have a huge intense meaning with many lyrics but now looking apparently not so, still love it though, really cute with the vocal sounds and the little meaning.
    Bittersweet_Streeton April 11, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe vocal sounds a bit childish, which makes it seem like it's told from a little sisters point of view. and even thou she thinks it's a bit stupid, she still looks up to her big sister.
    cocinelleon May 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI always thought it was 'Only clowns play with dumb balloons' not sure why.. Think that's what i'll continue to sing even if it's wrong! I do love the new direction though, the album is flawless..stunning!
    milk_eyed_menderon July 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentprettiest goddam song of the year.
    pumkinhedon July 31, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree with crosswordsmile's interpretation and i also like the introspective-ness of the album. the music seems more elemental to me. i am also hooked on the other song 'eat yourself'.
    4coolioon October 14, 2008   Link

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