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"The Tears Of A Clown"

(As recorded by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles)
HENRY COSBY
WILLIAM ROBINSON
STEVIE WONDER

Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah.

Now if there's a smile upon 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 sadder than sad
You're gone and I'm hurting so bad
Like a clown I pretend to be glad
Now there's 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.

Now if I appear to be carefree
It's only to camouflage my sadness
In order to shield my pride I've tried
To cover this hurt as a show of gladness
But don't let my show convince you
That I've been happy since you
Decided to go, oh I need you so
I'm hurt and I want you to know
But for others I've put on a show, ooo oh
Now there's 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 sadness 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
But don't let this smile I wear
Make you think that I don't care
When really I'm sad, hurting so bad.

(c) Copyright 1964 by Jobete Music Co., Inc.

- HIT PARADER, March 1971.

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