SEVERE TIRE DAMAGE: A THOUSAND CLOWNS

(Lyrics by: Steve Rubin, Music by: Russ Haines)


Just what kind of a clown are you, anyway?


Russ sez:
Originally a different song, we modified it to fit some of Steve's lyrics so that we can sing, "Nyaah nyah nyah nyah nyaaaaaah!" The guitar line started out as a sort of Mark Knopfler thing.


Steve sez:
I wrote these lyrics years ago when I "tried out" for some band. They didn't care much for me, or my lyrics. So now you gotta hear 'em, because they're still not funny.


Listen:

The people that you meet as you travel 'round the world
Will throw you all a curve, get you twisted up and curled
You think it's just a circus 'till you see their flag unfurled
Now we cannot stop the chaos into which we have been hurled

  A thousand clowns (I'm not laughing)
  Jumping up and down (I'm not laughing)
  They're all around (I'm not laughing)
  Big mouths, little sounds (I'm not laughing)
  They dance and play (oooooooh)
  Don't get in their way (oooooooh)
  We're forced to pay (oooooooh)
  That's why I say (oooooooh)
  I'm not laughing (oooooooh)
  There's nothing funny about thousands of clowns

No one likes their government, it seems to be the rage
They spend their money badly killing children of draft age
On both sides of the curtain we're still locked into the cage
If you read your history you can see on every page

  A thousand clowns (I'm not laughing)
  Jumping up and down (I'm not laughing)
  They're all around (I'm not laughing)
  Big mouths, little sounds (I'm not laughing)
  They dance and play (oooooooh)
  Don't get in their way (oooooooh)
  We're forced to pay (oooooooh)
  That's why I say (oooooooh)
  I'm not laughing (oooooooh)
  There's nothing funny about thousands of clowns

Guitar Solo

  A thousand clowns (I'm not laughing)
  Jumping up and down (I'm not laughing)
  They're all around (I'm not laughing)
  Big mouths, little sounds (I'm not laughing)
  They dance and play (oooooooh)
  Don't get in their way (oooooooh)
  We're forced to pay (oooooooh)
  That's why I say (oooooooh)
  I'm not laughing (oooooooh)
  There's nothing funny about thousands of clowns

2 Times:
  I'm not laughing, I'm not laughing
  There's nothing funny about thousands of clowns

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