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Ringling Brothers clowns in the 1970's

The colors of my life – song lyrics

Song lyric to The Colors of My Life, lyrics by Michael Stewart, and music by Cy Coleman, from the musical Barnum

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Prayer for Good Humor by St. Thomas More

Prayer for Good Humor by St. Thomas More

Prayer for Good Humor, by St. Thomas More

Grant me, O Lord, good digestion, and also something to digest.

Grant me a healthy body, and the necessary good humor to maintain it.

Grant me a simple soul that knows to treasure all that is good and that doesn’t frighten easily at the sight of evil, but rather finds the means to put things back in their place.

Give me a soul that knows not boredom, grumblings, sighs and laments, nor excess of stress, because of that obstructing thing called “I.”

Grant me, O Lord, a sense of good humor.

Allow me the grace to be able to take a joke to discover in life a bit of joy, and to be able to share it with others.

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The Fool in the Mirror

The Fool in the Mirror, a clown poem by Tom Raymond

The man sits wearily in front of the mirror
the sound of laughter ringing in his ears
a fool stares back at him.

A faint grin tugs at his lips
as he wipes the smile off his face
and stores it back in the jar. (more…)

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Everybody Loves a Clown – song lyrics

Everybody Loves a Clown song lyrics

Everybody loves a clown, so why don’€™t you?
Everybody laughs at the things that I say and do.
They all laugh when they say me coming,
But you don’t laugh; you just go home running. (more…)

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Something Bad Happened To A Clown | song lyrics

Song lyrics to  Something Bad Happened To A Clown, by Warren Zevon




Every touch is measured out
Every word is written down
Sunny skies are seldom seen
In the land of few and far between
And everybody wears a frown (more…)

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Send In The Clowns Lyrics as performed by Frank Sinatra

Send in the Clowns | song lyrics

Send In The Clowns  Lyrics as performed by Frank Sinatra

[written by Steven Sondheim, Recorded June 22, 1973, Hollywood]

[Spoken intro]
This is a song about a couple of adult people who have spent, oh, quite a long time together, till one day, one of ’em gets restless and decides to leave. Whether it’s the man or woman who left is unimportant.  It’s a breakup.  It’s a lovely marriage of words and music, written by Stephen Sondheim.

Isn’t it rich? Are we a pair?
Me here at last on the ground and you in mid-air
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A Dying Child

A Dying Child

I saw a twinkle in his eye  

how strange for someone who soon will die

Then a smile on his face
how strange for such a place

He laughed and giggled as I walked by
how strange for someone who soon will die (more…)

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A Smile - Felix Adler's favorite poem

A Smile

A Smile –  Felix Adler‘s favorite poem

It costs nothing but creates much.

It enriches those who receive it, without improverishing those who give it.

It happens in a flash and the memory sometimes lasts forever. (more…)

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‘Twas the Night Before Christmas – clown version




T’was the night before Christmas
and all through our towns
The birthday King has summoned His clowns

Clowns to bring joy in the midst of the night,
Clowns to share happiness for children’s delight. (more…)

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Rosy Nose, a poem by Kenn Nesbitt

Rosy Nose, a poem by Kenn Nesbitt

Freckles the Clown
one morning bent down
to sniff at a lovely red rose,

but lifted the blossom
too close to the awesome
expanse of his bubbly red nose. (more…)

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