"Tears of a Clown" as written by and Stevie/robinson Wonder....
Oh yeah yeah yeah
Now if there's a smile on my face
It's only there trying to fool the public
But when it comes down to fooling you
Now honey that's quite a different subject

But don't let my glad expression
Give you the wrong impression
Really I'm sad, oh I'm sadder than sad
You're gone and I'm hurting so bad
Like a clown I appear to be glad (sad, sad, sad, sad)

Now they're some sad things known to man
But ain't too much sadder than
The tears of a clown when there's no one around, uh
Oh yeah, baby

Now if I appear to be carefree
It's only to camouflage my sadness
And honey to shield my pride I try
To cover this hurt with a show of gladness
But don't let my show convince you
That I've been happy since you
'Cause I had to go (why did you go), oh I need you so (I need you so)
Look I'm hurt and I want you to know (want you to know)
For others I put on a show (it's just a show)

Now they're some sad things known to man
But ain't too much sadder than
The tears of a clown when there's no one around, uh
Just like Pagliacci did
I try to keep my surface hid
Smiling in the crowd I try
But in my lonely room I cry
The tears of a clown
When there's no one around, oh yeah, baby
Now if there's a smile on my face
Don't let my glad expression
Give you the wrong impression
Don't let this smile I wear
Make you think that I don't care
'Cause really I'm sad


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"The Tears of a Clown" as written by Smokey Robinson Henry Cosby

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    General CommentA great song. Stevie Wonder supplied the tune and Smokey thought it sounded like the circus and came up with some of the most amazing lyrics ever written for a song! I love the part that says
    'Just like Pagliacci did
    I try to keep my sadness hid
    Smiling in the public eye
    But in my lonely room I cry
    The tears of a clown'
    Those are I believe the correct lyrics not the ones printed before.
    zakinbristolon April 01, 2014   Link

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