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Clowns in Kew Gardens

Words and music by Robbie Smith

There was joy in Kew Gardens when the circus came to call
There were short clowns and tall ones and they’d run and jump and fall
Bringing smiles to the children – happy children one and all
Oh the clowns were in Kew Gardens and we really had a ball

There were carnival performers oh the likes you’ve never seen
And they swung from the rafters as we sang God Save the Queen
And a stilted entertainer with his legs all long and lean
Was the hero at Kew Gardens it was really quite a scene

There were chimpanzees and camels there
And elephants and dancing bears galore –
Tell me more!
There were marching men in reds and greens
And ferris wheels and trampolines and more – so much more!

Oh the clowns in Kew Gardens they were really quite a sight
With their facial expressions and their eyes all big and bright
They were serving refreshments as we laughed away the night
Oh the clowns were in Kew Gardens much to everyone’s delight

There were fire-breathing acrobats
And jugglers and jungle cats galore –
Tell me more!
A canon woke up with a start
As a man became a human dart
And more – so much more!

Oh the clowns in Kew Gardens they were really quite a sight
With their facial expressions and their eyes all big and bright
They were serving refreshments as we laughed away the night
I was watching you dancing too – dancing til the night was through

Chorus ladies hand in hand – all dressed up to beat the band
Falling in to and fro – well, all were dancing toe to toe
Weaving and swaying – hear the band they’re playing our song
Come along – come along with me –
Come along with me…

There was hot tea and brandy – just enough to keep you warm
And some sweet-cakes and candy, fish and chips and popping corn
Such a treat for the family just to watch them all perform
At the big top in Kew Gardens – I may have to beg your pardon
But the clowns were in Kew Gardens just as sure as you were born

Lie la LA lie la LAY la – La la la la la la LAY la-
La la LA lie la LAY la –
La da dun dun da DEE du dun dun dun dun da
Lie la lay la – la la la la la la lay la
La La LA lie la lay la – ah

Oh the clowns in Kew Gardens – ooh-oo-ooh
Yes, the clowns were in Kew Gardens – ooh-oo-ooh
Oh, the clowns (ba ba ba ba ba bum) – ooh-oo-ooh
Oh, the clowns (ba ba ba ba ba bum) – ooh-oo-ooh
Oh, the clowns…