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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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  • 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
    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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  • 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
    I think the whole song is about bad timing with love. Now that she loves him he doesn't love her. Send in the clowns meaning the joke is on her now. That is what I get out of it. Love is so good and so horribly sad. Bad timing in love.
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  • u
    It's the bitter realization that you and the one you love have never truly been "of one heart", simply clowns fooled by your own mistaken perceptions. The painful but pragmatic acceptance that sometimes love isn't enough. And, perhaps, some forgiveness both of self and the beloved that in your respective blindness you hurt each other without ever meaning to do so. Even so, the understanding of such a truth can only lead to separation and heartbreak.
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