cotton candy • two for a quarter • see if the fat man can guess your weight
a big stuffed tiger is what I bought her and I'm going home 'cause it's late

roller coasters make me dizzy • cotton candy makes me sick
I wish I had some bromo fizzy • that would do the trick

everyone knows that the clowns aren't happy
everyone knows that the people don't care
I wish I could laugh at the ways they are acting
but I'm so sick and I just don't dare to

high wire dancers kick and balance • white silk horses step in time
the tatooed man displays his talence • I'm not the talented kind

I always go to the circus on sundays
there I can laugh at the people I see
but when I leave home in the morning on monday
everybody laughs at me

I make other people nervous • I guess that's why they laugh at me
but to me my life is a three ring circus and I can watch it for free

have you seen my wife elvira
she can tame a lion you know
I once had a bushy name
but that was so damned long ago

tight collared clowns in plastic buildings have happy families as their fate
happy jobs and happy clubs and happy people they hate

everyone's juggling and everyone's acting
with smiles of grease paint three feet wide
everyone's caught on a carousel pony
one time around is a life time ride

                                                        don mclean