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Tears of a Clown

covered by The Wallflowers

originally by Smokey Robinson

tabbed by Ian (

IN THE wallflowers version, some lyrics were not used

















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

Now honey, that's quite a different subject


But don't let my glad expression

give you the wrong impression

Really I'm sad I'm sadder than sad

You're gone and I'm hurtin' so bad

Like a clown I pretend to be glad


A A7

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


Now if I appear to be carefree,

it's only to camouflage my sadness

In order to keep my pride

I try to cover the 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


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



You can improvise a solo here.....I think it's played up towards the 12 and 15th frets.



Just like Pagliacci did I try to keep my surface hid

Smiling in the crowd I try

But in a lonely room I cry

The tears of a clown When there's noone 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

Cos really I'm sad


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