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Friday Music Prompt #50: Send in the Clowns



Written by Stephen Sondheim for his 1973, A Little Night Music, “Send in the Clowns” has gone way beyond Broadway. Judy Collins recorded the song in 1975 on her Judith album. She was nominated for a Grammy in 1976, the year Sondheim won the Grammy for Best Song, based on the popularity of Collins’ performances.

Make what you will of the lyrics. Some songs slip out of musicals more smoothly than others. Remember: clowns can be literal or figurative. Provide comic relief, play the fool, distract attention. Or instill fear.

This is a live performance from 1991 of Judy Collins and “Send in the Clowns.”

Isn’t it rich? Are we a pair?

Me here at last on the ground and you in mid-air

Send in the clowns

Isn’t it bliss?

Don’t you approve?

One who keeps tearing around and one who can’t move

But where are the clowns?

Send in the clowns

Just when I stopped opening doors

Finally finding the one that I wanted was yours

Making my entrance again with my usual flair

Sure of my lines

Nobody’s there

Don’t you love a farce?

My fault, I fear

I thought that you’d want what I want, sorry my dear

But where are the clowns?

Send in the clowns

Don’t bother they’re here

Isn’t it rich?

Isn’t it queer?

Losing my timing this late in my career

But where are the clowns?

Send in the clowns

Well, maybe next year

Songwriters: STEPHEN SONDHEIM © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc. For non-commercial use only. Data From: LyricFind

This is music Friday, so we welcome any form of creative expression from videoed karaoke to sonnets. React to/find inspiration in the song lyrics and video. Push your edges; change your shape. Or stay with the comfy chair.

When you’re finished, tag the post Music Challenge and Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, and add you link to the mlmm linky button. Link to this post, or paste your post’s url into the comment section.

Like a good vj/dj, I’m open to musical suggestions. Put them in the comments box or email me: darkenedhouse@yahoo.com.

And for a treat: Judy Collins signing “Send in the Clowns” on the original Muppets Show – warning – clowns seen.

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22 comments on “Friday Music Prompt #50: Send in the Clowns

  1. Michael
    July 8, 2016

    I love this song. I have seen so many wonderful versions of it but Judy Collins’ version is magic. I saw a kid do it once that left me breathless.

    • a darkened house
      July 8, 2016

      “I agree. I wore the grooves out of her Judith album. This was one of the best YouTube live versions I could find,” she replied. “And, had to throw in the Muppets for good measure.”

  2. Shadeau
    July 8, 2016

    Who doesn’t love this song? Makes a great prompt, too 🙂

  3. a darkened house
    July 8, 2016

    “Glad you like my choice, and that you think it works as a prompt. Still new to this music prompt game,” she :)’d

  4. Sanaa Rizvi
    July 8, 2016

    Its a hell of a fantastic prompt 😀

    • a darkened house
      July 8, 2016

      “Thanks, Sanaa. Hope you are getting all settled in. Looking forward to seeing what your prompt night holds.”, she :)’d

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  12. julespaige
    July 8, 2016

    Not a big fan of happy much less sad clowns. So I just used the title again.

    A bit of history, about clowns…(in the links) no kidding.
    The Unromantic Harlequin

    • a darkened house
      July 9, 2016

      “Thanks, Jules, for overcoming opinion of clowns to participate. And, thanks for the history lesson, too!”

      • julespaige
        July 9, 2016

        “Anytime…” she says with a sigh and a joy for writing and learning. “I had not realized there was an actual ‘slapstick’ – And that beatings even in jest were a regular bit with clowning around. Sad to think there is so much joy from another person’s fall or mishap.” Could that just be a human trait she wondered?

      • a darkened house
        July 9, 2016

        “A question to ponder for sure,” she sighed.

      • a darkened house
        July 10, 2016

        “Depends on how many animated movies you watch,” she sighed.

      • julespaige
        July 10, 2016

        “These days only the animated ones with happy endings…Wall-E’ was a nice one.” she thought.

      • a darkened house
        July 10, 2016

        “Yes, Wall-E is one of my favourites, too,” she :)’d

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  14. a darkened house
    July 11, 2016

    “Thanks — have you tried the linky button yet?,” she queried. Folks will find you that way too, and your poem is worth sharing”

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