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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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  • u
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    UnregisteredMar 25, 2012 at 1:36 am
    It's about a woman who was sought after for years by someone she considered a friend, not a love interest. After taking different paths for many years she finally realized she loved him. She showed up at his door to tell him she loved him, only to have him confide in her about his new and exciting love before she could speak. He confided in her freely because, after a lot of work, he had gotten over her because she finally convinced him she could never love him "like that. " she feels like a fool in this scene because she rushed to tell him of how she finally realized she was wrong, he was the one for her... Only to find he had moved on, and didn't even catch on that she showed up to express her eternal love for him. The clown represents how, in the circus, whenever a trapeze act falls to the floor, the clowns are sent in to honk and distract the audience while the circus crew "cleans up" the mess and wisks the person away so no one sees what happened. She is dying for someone to remove her from this awkward, revealing, and painful moment in her life before anyone figures out how devastated she is...
  • u
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    UnregisteredAug 2, 2012 at 10:25 pm
    Quit waiting for others approval and accept yourself the way you are. You are the one you're waiting for, now not behind some closed door not next year.
  • u
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    UnregisteredAug 2, 2012 at 3:17 pm
    A person feeling like a fool after being finally rejected or broken up with from a relationship that they thought was going fine. The clowns represent the need to be cheered up or just simply looking like a fool.
  • u
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    UnregisteredJan 7, 2012 at 7:08 pm
    Suddenly wanting what you did not know you wanted after what you wanted no longer wanted you as it had before.
  • u
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    UnregisteredAug 7, 2012 at 2:28 pm
    To me it means never being with the right . Person at thr right time. I have been there many times, ready to make the comment and they have moved on.
    Alex damien

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