The Tears of a Clown Lyrics

Marc Cohn


album: Track 8 in album Listening Booth: 1970
release date: 2010-8-3
popularity : 2 users have visited this page.
length: 3:48
producer: John Leventhal
vocal: Kristina Train
composer: Smokey Robinson, Henry Cosby, Stevie Wonder
lyricist: Smokey Robinson

Cover Art

Marc Cohn Listening Booth: 1970 cover art
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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
'Cause really I'm sad, Oh I'm sadder than sad
Well I'm hurt and I want you so bad
Like a clown I appear to be glad ooh yeah

Well 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
Oh yeah, baby baby, oh yeah baby 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 need to go, oh I need you so
Look I'm hurt and I want you to know
For others I put on a show ...

Well 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
Oh yeah, baby baby, oh yeah baby baby

Just like Pagliacci did
I try to keep my surface hid
Smiling in the crowd I try
But in a lonely room I cry
The tears of a clown
When there's no one around, oh yeah, baby 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


Track Listing

  • 1 Wild World
  • 2 Look at Me
  • 3 Maybe I'm Amazed
  • 4 Make It with You
  • 5 The Letter
  • 6 The Only Living Boy in New York
  • 7 After Midnight
  • 8 The Tears of a Clown
  • 9 No Matter What
  • 10 New Speedway Boogie
  • 11 Into the Mystic
  • 12 Long as I Can See the Light