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Tears of a Clown

from Motown Classics by A Loss For Words

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lyrics

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 hurtin' so bad
Like a clown I pretend to be glad
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
Hmm hmm, oh yeah, baby
Now if I appear to be carefree
It's only to camouflage my sadness
In order 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
Decided to go
(Decided to go)
Oh, I need you so
(I need you so)
I'm hurt and I want you to know
(I want you to know)
But 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
Oh yeah
Just like Pagliacci did
I try to keep my surface hid
Smiling in the public eye
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
Really I'm sad
Hurtin' so bad

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from Motown Classics, released November 18, 2020

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