The Tears Of A Clown
The Beat Lyrics

Say oh yeah baby baby
Now if there's a smile on my face
It's only there tryin' to fool the public
But when it comes down to foolin' you
Well, now honey that's quite a different subject

So don't let my glad expression
Give you the wrong impression
'Cause really I'm sad (so sad sad)
Oh I'm sadder than sad (so sad sad)
Look I'm hurt and I want you so bad (so sad sad)
Like a clown I appear to be glad

Ooh yeah
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

Say oh yeah baby baby baby
Oh yeah baby baby 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
So don't let my show convince you
That I've been happy since you decided to go
Oh I need you so
Look I'm hurt and I want you to know
Just for others I put on a show

Ooh yeah
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
So just like Pagliacci did
I'm gonna keep my surface hid
Hiding in my room I try
But in this lonely room I cry
The tears of a clown
When there's no one around

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 feel that I don't care
The tears of a clown (tears of a clown)
The tears of a clown (tears of a clown, tears of a clown)
I'm going down de town
I'm going downtown
Tears of a clown

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

Capt Mac

Dear Roger, you're in that place where we all will go...I'm so glad you got there mate, coz I think it's good!
A life in music and a bit of fame were what you dreamed of when we joined Archbishop Williams Secondary School in 1974 at the age of 11 years old. And (unlike most of us "sensible" one) you actually did it - you "made" it my friend into the land of fame! So, fuckin' well done to you! I take my hat off because you always knew what you wanted and went for it.

I'm afraid didn't follow your musical career! I came across this sad news by chance tonight while on the net and and listening to a bit of music from "back in the day" and I saw the post. I was shocked!! "Fuck me" doesn't cut it...Rankin Roger dead????? Nah..can't be true!
Roger, we were not close at school, never what you'd call "friends" but there was a mutual respect. Let's be frank Roger, not many kids at Archie's liked you a lot coz you were too fuckin loud and too hollywood, as in "I'm gonna make" it so fuck you all!!
What were we meant to think?
Archie's was a pretty quiet school, on the verge of that 1970's disruption, and you were a black kid with a huge fucking chip on your shoulder (I went to you house one time and to some extent that's ok I understand). But, man just cos you were inch or so taller than most you thought you could bully others, especially cos you hung around with Errol "the chest" and tall Steve G who were the only two other black kids. It was all BS!
Whatever! The 70s were a defining time for blacks and for Irish in England which was a country unaccepting to both groups both became natural fighters, ...I guess!
Time goes on...
You never picked on me, even though you picked on others! I don't know why. I remember a time at the vending machine in C block when I was buying a cup of chocolate, you looked at me and made as if to karate kick it out of my hand and you didn't get it but you made me spill it. We squared up. You backed off. I don't know why but you put more coins in the machine and bought me another one. You probably would have kicked my ass! After that, for some reason, you calmed down a bit.
You always loved you're music Roger, I'll give you that, always singing in the bike sheds at break for a smoke, always dancing around and acting like a knob. We were all 16. We were all knobs! And I think you were having a hard time out of school.
Last time I saw you was years ago. I was on a bus going though through my "old area" Small Heath in Birmingham, Engalnd and I was upstairs and saw you. I thought, "Fuck that's Roger" and looked at you and you did a double take and waived at me. I was really happy that you'd recognised me from such a momentary glance. You looked pretty cool, had a nice hat, pretty happy!
God Bless You, Roger! Son of a bitch, you are a very rare hero who, in spite of the odds, has a dream and goes for it. I take my hat off! Everybody go for their dream!

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Howie Bird

Early 50's now but feel like a 17yo every time I hear this shit.
So Awesome!

Jim F

57 and still down with these rad beats. Totally awesome!

C. T.

Same as....I'm 60 & still move to this is timeless & hearing this is a massive memory rush of happier times.....👍😁

Annie Bishop

Howie Bird mid 60s and I’m mid 20s when I hear this

That Guy Scott Webb

52 in Jan, I don't feel my age and I am very grateful for the time I grew up. My best to you and yours.


@Dave Smith Im 27 but my dad is 50 and when I heard him play the melody hooked me instantly. Music was so much better 20+ years ago...

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mr magoo

R.i.p Rankin Roger

Jennifer Langley



Holy fuck that's sad. Had no idea. God bless him


So sad to hear of his passing hope he’s skanking up a storm in heaven

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