tears of a clown lyrics – phil collins

oh yeah yeah yeah

now if there’s a smile on my face
it’s only there trying to fool the public
but when it comes down to fooling you
now honey that’s quite a different subject
but don’t let my glad expression
give you the wrong impression
really i’m sad, oh i’m sadder than sad
you’re gone and i’m hurtin’ so bad
like a clown i pretend to be glad

now 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
uh hum, oh yeah 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
but don’t let my show convince you
that i’ve been happy since you
decided to go, oh i need you so
i’m hurt and i want you to know
but for others i put on a show, ooh yeah

{repeat chorus}

just like pagliacci did
i try to keep my surface hid
smiling in the public eye
but in my lonely room i cry
the tears of a clown
when there’s no one around, oh yeah, baby baby
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 think that i don’t care
when really i’m sad i’m hurting so bad

/ phil collins lyrics