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Tears of a Clown Lyrics By The English Beat Songs Album: What is Beat? Year: 1979 Say oh yeah baby baby Now if there's a smile on my face It's only there

The English Beat - Tears of a Clow
The English Beat - Tears of a Clown


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Album: What is Beat?
Released: 1979

Tears of a Clown Lyrics


Say oh yeah baby baby
Now if there's a smile on my face
It's only there tryin' to fool the public
But when it comes down to foolin' you
Well, now honey that's quite a different subject

So don't let my glad expression
Give you the wrong impression
'Cause really I'm sad (so sad sad)
Oh I'm sadder than sad (so sad sad)
Look I'm hurt and I want you so bad (so sad sad)
Like a clown I appear to be glad

Ooh yeah
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

Say oh yeah baby baby baby
Oh yeah baby 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
So don't let my show convince you
That I've been happy since you decided to go
Oh I need you so
Look I'm hurt and I want you to know
Just for others I put on a show

Ooh yeah
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
So just like Pagliacci did
I'm gonna keep my surface hid
Hiding in my room I try
But in this lonely room I cry
The tears of a clown
When there's no one around

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 feel that I don't care
The tears of a clown (tears of a clown)
The tears of a clown (tears of a clown, tears of a clown)
I'm going down de town
I'm going downtown
Tears of a clown

Writer/s: WONDER, STEVIE/ROBINSON, SMOKEY/COSBY, HENRY
Publisher: EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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Tears of a Clown
  • The citizens of Britain are to thank for the success of the song "The Tears of a Clown," which was first recorded by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles in 1967 but not released as a single until 1970, when it was issued in the UK and went to #1. It was subsequently issued in America, topping the chart there a few months later. In 1976, the song was re-released in the UK, this time going to #34. A favorite of The Beat (as they're known in their homeland), the group took the song back to the UK charts with their 1979 cover. This version was released as "Tears of a Clown," omitting the the in the original title.
  • This was the first single recorded and released by The English Beat, a group that would soon be instrumental in the UK Ska revival movement, borrowing its sounds from early '60s Jamaican music. Dave Wakeling, who was a guitarist and singer in the band, told us how they came to record this song: "When we first started rehearsing the songs, the drummer (Everett Morton) thought our songs were a bit weird. We had rehearsed the songs, and it would go okay for a minute, and then we would all veer off on our own little tangents and we'd lose the groove on it again. And so Everett said, 'Why don't we find a song that we all know and learn that one by ourselves, come back next Tuesday, and we'll play that song and get a groove with that one. And then we'll go back and play one of your weird songs, like that mirror thing.' And so that's what we did, we'd play 'Tears Of A Clown,' then we'd play 'Mirror in the Bathroom,' then we'd play 'Tears Of A Clown.' We'd play 'Twist And Crawl,' and we'd play 'Tears Of A Clown,' 'Big Shot,' 'Tears Of A Clown,' 'Click Click,' 'Tears Of A Clown.' And by the time we got five or six songs together that would hold together, David Steele, the bass player, said, 'Let's do a show. We should do a concert.' We're like, 'We've only got six songs.' He said, 'Yes, but one concert is worth a thousand rehearsals.' Because you can sit around and be pretentious in rehearsals as long as you like. So we started doing shows, and in order to have seven songs instead of six, we put 'Tears Of A Clown' in the set. We'd practiced that song more than any of the others, it turned out. Because it was our magnet, our training model for all the other tunes.

    We took all and any sort of gigs, some were punk gigs, some were reggae gigs, some were working men's clubs, some were pubs that were trying to get some business going midweek, we'd take anything. And sometimes the punky songs went well, sometimes the reggae songs went well, and sometimes neither of them would go down well, but everywhere we went, every time, 'Tears Of A Clown' always went down fantastic. So Jerry Dammers came to us, told us about 2-Tone and came and saw the band. He said, 'Would you like to do a single for 2-Tone,' and we said yes, we'd love to, thanks. And he said, 'We really liked that 'Mirror In The Bathroom' song.' And we said, 'That's probably our best song. Yeah, that would be a good one.' Then he came back a week or so later and he said, 'Oh, Chrysalis says you can do 'Mirror In The Bathroom,' they like it, but they would own the rights to it for five years.' We're like, 'No.' I said, 'You know, that's our best tune. We'd want it on our album. But so long as we can bring it out on our album, that would be fine, you can have it as a single.' So he went off again and he came back and he said, 'No, Chrysalis said if it's the single it can't be on your first album.' So we said, 'Well, tell them to f--k themselves.' and we said, 'We'll do 'Tears Of A Clown' then.' Because that always goes down great. And you can tell the fellows at Chrysalis they can argue with Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson about whose song it is. And so we just insisted, and as luck would have it, our song came out in October, and by December 6 it was #6 in the charts, and it was the runaway dance party hit of the Christmas of '79. It was on every jukebox and every turntable for every Christmas party. So I think it probably worked out really well, because I don't know if 'Mirror In The Bathroom' would have been that cheery as a Christmas single." (Read the full Dave Wakeling interview.)
  • The 2-Tone label was started by The Specials, another prominent band in the Ska movement, and Jerry Dammers was The Specials keyboard player. The song was not included on an album until the 1983 greatest hits collection What is Beat?.
  • In the US, this was never released as a single.

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