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Greasepaint

Posted by shanoah on September 29, 2008

I’ll admit there’s very little causal relationship between this post and your last one, Sean.

I’m not even sure where this one came from. I was just listening to one of these songs, and it led to the other.

Lord knows how it got themed on clowns, but here’s Smokey Robinson and the Miracles:

Tears of a Clown – Smokey Robinson & the Miracles

I always liked the theme of this song, and of course, it has a great hook. I came back to it from a remake I found on 4gottenTraxxx. I decided I preferred the original.

It reminded me of the themes in this Moody Blues album, though:

Painted Smile / Reflective Smile / Veteran Cosmic Rocker – Moody Blues

This is actually the last three tracks of the Moody Blues album “Long Distance Voyager”. That was a very underrated album, for some reason. It’s never the album people talk about if they talk about the Moody Blues. But, as you can hear, it was a very good album.

These three songs were all written by Ray Thomas, something that rarely happened later. Deep lyrics, as per their usual:

Laughter is free
But it’s so hard to be a jester
All the time
No one’s believing
I’m the same when I’m bleeding
And I hurt all the time deep inside

As I mentioned, same themes as Tears of a Clown. Though somewhat better expressed, I think.

And, as I mentioned, I’m not quite sure where this post came from, as I’m not particularly sad or upset or anything today.

Perhaps it’s the theme of masks that we wear through our day to day life. We all have them. There’s lot to be said for knowing your collection of masks, and being able to change them or take them off at will…

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