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"Dear Madam Barnum" is a song by Andy Partridge. It appeared on the 1992 album Nonsuch.

The demo appeared on the limited edition French Gribouillage EP.

QuotesEdit

Andy: “I initially wrote this for a film set in 1965. It has a folk rock chug that's east of Merseybeat and south of the Hollies. But when I delivered the song they had no money, so I kept it instead.”

LyricsEdit

I put on a fake smile

And start the evening show

The public is laughing

I guess by now they know

So climb from your high horse

And pull this freak show down

Dear Madam Barnum

I resign as clown


You said I was the master of all I surveyed

But now I'm sweeping up

The last in line in your circus parade


Children are clapping

As I fall to the floor

My heart torn and broken

And they just scream for more

If I'm not the sole fool

Who pulls his trousers down

Then dear Madam Barnum

I resign as clown


You tread the high wire

Between truth and lies

Your safety net just walked out

Much to your surprise


Strike up the band love

And let the show begin

For this is the last time

I'm painting on a grin

If I'm not the sole fool

Who pulls his trousers down

Then dear Madam Barnum

I resign as clown

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