Sweeping the floors
Open up the doors
Turn on the lights
Gettin ready for tonight
Nobody's romancing
'Cause it's too early for dancing
But here comes the music

Bright lights flashing
To cover up your lack of
Soul many people so many problems
So many reasons to buy another round
Drink it down
Just another night on the town
With the big man Money man
Better than the other man
He got the plan with the million dollars
Give a damn but
When nobody understands
He'll become a smaller man
The bright lights keep flashing
Man the women keep dancing

With the clowns, yeah, yeah, yeah
Pick me up when I'm down yeah, yeah
Rodeo Clowns, yeah, yeah, yeah
Pick me up when I'm down

The disco ball spinning
All the music and the women
All the shots of tequila
Man they'll say that they need ya
But what they really need
Is just a little room to breathe
Tiny bopping dicso queen
She barely understands her dreams
Of belly button rings
And other kinds of things
Symbolic of change
But the thing that is strange
Is that changes occured

And now she's just part of the herd yeah, yeah, yeah
Man I thought that you heard yeah, yeah
The changes occured yeah, yeah, yeah
She's just a part of the herd yeah,yeah

Lights out shut down
Late night wet ground
You walk by look at him
But he can't look at you
you might feel pity
But he only feels the ground because
You understand moods
But he only knows let down
By the corner there's another one
Reaching out a hand
Coming from a broken man
Well you try to live
But he's done trying
Not dead but definitely dying

With the rest of the clowns yeah, yeah, yeah
Pick me up when I'm down yeah, yeah
Rodeo Clowns yeah, yeah, yeah
Pick me up when I'm down

Sweeping the floors
Open up the doors
Turn on the lights
Gettin ready for tonight
Nobody's romancing
'Cause it's too early for dancing
But here comes the music

written by Jack Johnson for G. Love and Special Sauce, recorded on 'Philadelphonic'


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    General CommentThis song reminds me of the worse nightclub I ever visited. Looking around and laughing at those who looked as if they were enjoying their drinks/dancing but were just looking to fit in. These people are distraction in life, just like a rodeo clown.
    nireon April 24, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti just realized why i liked jack johnson so bad, being that he is/was the lead singer for g. love and well i loved g. love i knew he had a style i had heard before. if you like him, check out g. love and the special sauce.
    LiveUrLifeon May 03, 2002   Link
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    General Commentok so he wasn't the lead singer for g. love but his style sounds exactly the same. oh well nobodys right all the time
    LiveUrLifeon May 03, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, because it helps remind you how insignificant some things can be. Sometimes you don't even realize how insane life is, and you can't be distracted by those caught up in the hype
    GrafetePympon May 07, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, because it helps remind you how insignificant some things can be. Sometimes you don't even realize how insane life is, and you can't be distracted by those caught up in the hype
    GrafetePympon May 07, 2002   Link
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    General CommentGuys,
    Jack Johnson was not lead nor backup singer for G. Love. Accoring to what I read(and as G says in the introduction to the song), they went surfing one day and then Jack Johnson played this song for G and G dug it. They decided to record it. That's about it, they haven't collaborated on too much else musically. About the song, I don't Jack(if he indeed wrote the lyrics) is making any large statements condemning life at the bars. These rodeo clowns "bring him up when he's down". They cheer him up. The heart of the song, meaning wise, is when they leave the pub and see two homeless guys on the walk home-"You walk by look at him, but he can't look at you" and "down on the corner there's anther one. reaching out a hand, coming from a broken man." This sounds like G Love, as he often meantions the homeless in his songs("This Ain't Living", "City Bum", etc.). He's juxtaposing the "money man" at the club with the homeless man on the corner.

    I love this song. It makes me want to go out to a club, especially lyrics like "nobody's romantic cuz its too early for dancing but he comes the music!"
    pjkeeferon May 10, 2002   Link
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    General Commentheard it on a surf video...raw ass song.
    imalonerdottieon May 16, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song is all about how jack doesn't want to conform, like most people in this world try to do. He's talking about how he finds it funny that people will do anything to fit in. Its a great song, as are all of the songs on "Brushfire Fairytales"
    cbcub32on June 20, 2002   Link
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    General Commentso who sang this song????? when i have heard it...the radio says by g love....im all confused now
    LilacWineon June 29, 2002   Link
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    General CommentJack wrote ths song for ... G Love recorded it... and jack does it live in concert...

    elise81on July 11, 2002   Link

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