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Judy Collins

Send In The Clowns

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“Send in the Clowns” is a song by Stephen Sondheim from the 1973 musical A Little Night Music, an adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s film Smiles of a Summer Night. It is a ballad from Act II in which the character Desirée reflects on the ironies and disappointments of her life. Among other things, she looks back on an affair years earlier with the lawyer Fredrik. Meeting him after so long, she finds that he is now in an unconsummated marriage with a much younger woman. Desirée proposes marriage to rescue him from this situation, but he declines, citing his dedication to his bride. Reacting to his rejection, Desirée sings this song. The song is later reprised as a coda after Fredrik’s young wife runs away with his son, and Fredrik is finally free to accept Desirée’s... Read on...

Song lines: ♪ Send in the clowns ... And where are the clowns ... Where are the clowns

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More songs by Judy Collins (See Charts): First Boy I Loved, Who Knows Where The Time Goes, Hard Lovin' Loser, Hard Times For Lovers, Open The Door (Song For Judith), It's Gonna Be One Of Those Nights, Farewell To Tarwathie, Since You've Asked, Priests, and Someday Soon.

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