Well, the days are long and the work is hard when your childhood is spent in the fields.
And summer seemed to last a million years.
One day when I was just a boy, during one of those hot summer swells, the locusts were silenced by the clanging of bells.

And there was the thing for which I longed - a place where I belonged.
Where I first held the hand of the one I love when the circus came to town.

We ate candy corn and corn dogs, cotton candy and candy canes, and we shared a caramel apple by the arcade.
And when night fell and the stars rose and light bedazzled the fair, we rode the Ferris wheel up into the air.

And there was the thing for which I longed - a place where I belonged.
Where I first held the hand of the one I love when the circus came to town.

And later, in the funhouse, our bodies looked so strange.
And the mirrors made our faces seem deranged.
And the Snake Man in the Freakshow, he got you so alarmed that you ran and ran and ran right into my arms!

The next morning I got up, wrapped my clothes up into a ball, and I ran and ran to run away with the fair.
But when I arrived, to my surprise, all the tents and wagons were gone.
And they'd stolen all that happiness from the air.

And gone was the thing for which I longed.
That place where I belonged.
Where I last held the hand of the one I love when the circus came.
When the circus came.
When the circus came to town.


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