Isn't it rich?
Are we a pair?
Me here at last on the ground,
You in mid-air.
Send in the clowns.

Isn't it bliss?
Don't you approve?
One who keeps tearing around,
One who can't move.
Where are the clowns?
Send in the clowns.

Just when I'd stopped
Opening doors,
Finally knowing
The one that I wanted was yours,
Making my entrance again
With my usual flair,
Sure of my lines,
No one is there.

Don't you love farce?
My fault, I fear.
I thought that you'd want what I want -
Sorry, my dear.
And where are the clowns?
Quick, send in the clowns.
Don't bother, they're here.

Isn't it rich?
Isn't it queer?
Losing my timing this late
In my career?
And where are the clowns?
There ought to be clowns.
Well, maybe next year

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"Send in the Clowns [From A Little Night Music]" as written by Stephen Sondheim

Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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    General CommentWhen a king was feeling down, he'd call for the clowns, the jesters, the players, the whores: anything to cheer him up. least that has always been the feeling i get from the song. but the writer gets quite specific: Sondheim explained in a 1990 interview:
    I get a lot of letters over the years asking what the title means and what the song's about; I never thought it would be in any way esoteric. I wanted to use theatrical imagery in the song, because she's an actress, but it's not supposed to be a circus. It's a theater reference meaning "if the show isn't going well, let's send in the clowns"; in other words, "let's do the jokes." I always want to know, when I'm writing a song, what the end is going to be, so "Send in the Clowns" didn't settle in until I got the notion, "Don't bother, they're here", which means that "We are the fools." [wikipedia]

    check out the tiger lillies live version, if you're into something far-out and beautiful (youtube)
    dTraskon March 07, 2013   Link
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    General Commentwhat exactly is this song trying to convey?
    phanphreakintasticon August 27, 2002   Link
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    General Commentif you\'ve seen the musical, you realize that the main character just realizes that her life was spent, that she was over, that she was not who she thought she was... she sings this song and realizes that \"Just when I\'d stopped opening doors,
    finally knowing the one that I wanted was yours.\"

    i dont know much more than that. im trying to figure it out myself? anywon else have any meanings?
    lonelyasyouon April 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI haven't seen A Little Night Music but i know that this is sung by Desiree, who is an aging lounge singer or performer of some kind. The man this is adressed to is one she's had a long standing affair with, but he's now married to a teenage girl and Desiree herself is now the mistress of a Duke/Count/nobleman of some kind.
    I just saw Ruthie Henshall sing this on tv and thought it was incredibly poignant.
    Stay_Gold_Ponyboyon June 20, 2006   Link

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