Life in the circus ain't easy
But the folks on the outside don't know
The tent goes up and the tent comes down
And all that they see is the show
And the ladies on the horses look so pretty
And the lions are lookin' real mad
And some of the clowns are happy
And some of the clowns are sad

But underneath
There's another expression
That the makeup isn't making
Life under the big top

It's about freedom
It's about faking
There's an art to the laughter
There's a science
And there's a lot of love and compliance

Welcome to the freak show
Here we go

We live to hear the slak-jawed gasping
We live under a halo of held breath
And when the children raise up a giant shield
Of laughter, it's like they're fending off death
And we can make something bigger
Than any one of us alone
And then the clowns will take off their makeup
And the people will go home

But life on the outside ain't easy
No sequins, no elephants
No parading around
Oh the circus comes
And the circus goes
And they're stuck in this fucking town

You need a lot of love and compliance

Welcome to the freak show
Here we go
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Freakshow Lyrics

Ani Difranco – Freakshow Lyrics

Songwriters: REUTER, MANUEL / SADEGHI WAFA, CYRUS / PEIFER, YANN
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