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Judy Collins – Send In The Clowns lyrics

Isn't it rich?
Are we a pair?
Me here at last on the ground,
You in mid-air..
Where are 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
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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  • b
    This song is about irony. She even describes it as a farce. So there should be clowns, shouldn't there? Because it's "funny," isn't it? He and she have been like circling birds in a flock, circling together in the sky but never really touching. She has been looking for someone (opening doors) but doesn't see what's in front of her face until she reaches a part of her life when she is finally settling down (Me here at last on the ground). She realizes it was him all along, and she excitedly "opens the door" just to find him gone and falling flat on her face. Haven't you ever chuckled sadly when something you are excited about turns into a flop? She sarcastically says they should send in the clowns, because, after all, it is so sadly funny.
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  • u
    Nearly 20 years ago I walked away from a girl who wanted me. Recently we re-established contact, and I can now see she was the one for me, the girl I should have married. I never understood how much she felt for me, I refused to allow myself, to understand. Why did I walk away? Because of comments by friends about her appearance. I didn't mind, but because I didn't want to be with a girl my friends had made comments on, I refused to allow myself to be close.
    And now, I 'know the door I wanted was hers', but she's married. She never forgot me, but after all these years she just can't walk out on the off chance of happiness, destroying her family.
    Every verse fits my situation. And I will never hold her again.
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  • u
    A woman who because of her phenomenal beauty. A star. Was running around playing the field, her true love who she took for granted, was her catcher in a trapeze act, she in her flight reaches out but finds her timing is off and no one is there to catch her, she lays dying on the ground send in the clowns, the circus always sends in the clowns, her life is like a video is palying before her and she realizes what she missed and then where are they the clowns, and finally don't bother they are here as she sees the angels arrived to take her to heaven. Brian and Janelle Marshall.
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  • u
    Despite sondheim saying it's not esoteric I disagree. To me it's about the relationship with one's own higher self (you in mid-air), and recognizing that it has always been there, and reveling in the pure joy and innocence of the inner clown/fool when realizing this, but then in the end falling back into forgetfulness - sad really, perhaps that's why I always pictured sad clowns, because we've forgotten that they're actually already here and we just can't see them.
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  • d
    I was talking about this song just today and my doctor asked me what did it mean. I had often tried to figure it out, but today I think I have it! It certainly helped hearing what others had to say. I love this song. It speaks to me and today I heard it for the first time. I now hear the 'irony' of these two people. Going in different directions but yet are supposedly a pair. She's saying is this a joke, or what? Then when she finally decided to (in spite of all there differences) open her heart and just let the love flow. He's gone. Well, she'll try it again. Next year but not literally next year, just next time as timing is everything and isn't it strange that after a certain period in your life, you think you'd know better. Have better timing, not so, and so whose to blame? No blame, just pick up the pieces and try again later.
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