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Old 08-27-2008   #1
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Clown Passage of the Day

A candy-colored clown they call the sandman
Tiptoes to my room every night
And just to sprinkle stardust and to whisper
Go to sleep, everything is all right

I close my eyes, then I drift away
Into the magic night, I softly say
A silent prayer like dreamers do
Then I fall asleep to dream
My dreams of you

In dreams I walk with you
In dreams I talk to you
In dreams you're mine all of the time
We're together in dreams
In dreams

But just before the dawn
I awake and find you gone
I can't help it, I can't help it, if I cry
I remember that you said goodbye

It's too bad that all these things
Can only happen in my dreams
Only in dreams
In beautiful dreams
Roy Orbison - "In Dreams"

"What does it mean to be alive except to court disaster and suffering at every moment?"

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Re: Clown Passage of the Day

I knew this thread was in the offing. This song takes on a surreal quality in David Lynch's Blue Velvet.

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Re: Clown Passage of the Day

I have no idea how I ended up posting the same Youtube video twice, and I can't seem to edit it out.
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Re: Clown Passage of the Day

Alan Moore, Watchmen

Comedian: Once you realize what a joke everything is, being the Comedian is the only thing makes sense.

(Dictated while taking a stroll) I have come to realizewhat a superbly contrived marionette man is. Though without strings attached, one can strut, jump, hop and, moreover, utter words, an elaborately made puppet! Who knows? At the Bon season next year, I may be a new dead invited to the Bon festival. What an evanescent world! This truth keeps slipping off our minds.

- Tsunetomo Yamamoto, The Hagakure
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Re: Clown Passage of the Day

"Vesti La Giubba," from Leoncavallo's Pagliacci, performed by Luciano Pavarotti:




Recitar! Mentre preso dal delirio,
non so più quel che dico,
e quel che faccio!
Eppur è d'uopo, sforzati!
Bah! sei tu forse un uom?
Tu se' Pagliaccio!

Vesti la giubba,
e la faccia infarina.
La gente paga, e rider vuole qua.
E se Arlecchin t'invola Colombina,
ridi, Pagliaccio, e ognun applaudirà!
Tramuta in lazzi lo spasmo ed il pianto
in una smorfia il singhiozzo e 'l dolor, Ah!

Ridi, Pagliaccio,
sul tuo amore infranto!
Ridi del duol, che t'avvelena il cor!

[To act! While out of my mind,
I no longer know what I say,
or what I do!
And yet it's necessary... make an effort!
Bah! Are you not a man?
You are Pagliaccio!

Put on your costume,
powder your face.
The people pay to be here, and they want to laugh.
And if Harlequin shall steal your Colombina,
laugh, Pagliaccio, so the crowd will cheer!
Turn your distress and tears into jest,
your pain and sobbing into a funny face - Ah!

Laugh, Pagliaccio,
at your broken love!
Laugh at the grief that poisons your heart!]
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Re: Clown Passage of the Day

Alan Moore, Watchmen

Heard joke once: Man goes to doctor. Says he's depressed. Says life seems harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in a threatening world where what lies ahead is vague and uncertain. Doctor says "Treatment is simple. Great clown Pagliacci is in town tonight. Go and see him. That should pick you up." Man bursts into tears. Says "But Doctor... I am Pagliacci."

(Dictated while taking a stroll) I have come to realizewhat a superbly contrived marionette man is. Though without strings attached, one can strut, jump, hop and, moreover, utter words, an elaborately made puppet! Who knows? At the Bon season next year, I may be a new dead invited to the Bon festival. What an evanescent world! This truth keeps slipping off our minds.

- Tsunetomo Yamamoto, The Hagakure
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Re: Clown Passage of the Day

"It: Let go. Be afraid. You all taste so much better when you're afraid."

-- Stephen King's It (1990,TV, directed by Tommy Lee Wallace)

"In my imagination, I have a small apartment in a small town where I live alone and gaze through a window at a wintry landscape." -- TL
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"You know, Tobo," she began, "you work from dawn to dusk, so I've never seen what you look like out of costume." She slipped her arm around his waist. He didn't act as though he minded . "In fact, I don't know anyone who has ever seen you without the whistles and baggy stuff. Even travelling between towns. You always seem to be in the ring, always kidding around, always in costume."

She was practically breathing in his ear, and was whispering by the time she got around to her main point:

"Why don't you wash all that stuff off your face and slip out of those huge coveralls, huh? We'll, well, we'll have a little fun together. It would make me feel better. You, too, I bet."

"Wash it off?" he said innocently, gently pushing her away from his ear, then drying it out with a gloved finger. "Wash what off?"

"The clown make-up, silly! I want to see what you look like while we make love!" She grinned at him sweetly.

"I can't do that," he said. "You're teasing me; I can tell."

"What's so bad about washing it off?" she asked petulantly, realizing she was losing the thread of the web she had woven about him.

"I can't," he said, startled that she could ask him such a thing.

"Why not?" she demanded sulkily.

"Because," he informed her with all the dignity he could muster, "it doesn't come off. I'm a clown."
Jessica Amanda Salmonson - "The Clown"

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Tibet: Carnivals?
Ligotti: Ceremonies for initiating children into the cult of the sinister.
Tibet: Gas stations?
Ligotti: Nothing to say about gas stations as such, although I've always responded to the smell of gasoline as if it were a kind of perfume.

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Re: Clown Passage of the Day

probably the most adorable clown ever: (problem with automatic embeding though..)

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Re: Clown Passage of the Day

Isn't it rich?
Are we a pair?
Me here at last on the ground,
You in mid-air.
Send in the clowns.

Isn't it bliss?
Don't you approve?
One who keeps tearing around,
One who can't move.
Where are the clowns?
Send in the clowns.

Just when I'd stopped
Opening doors,
Finally knowing
The one that I wanted was yours,
Making my entrance again
With my usual flair,
Sure of my lines,
No one is there.

Don't you love farce?
My fault, I fear.
I thought that you'd want what I want -
Sorry, my dear.
And where are the clowns?
Quick, send in the clowns.
Don't bother, they're here.

Isn't it rich?
Isn't it queer?
Losing my timing this late
In my career?
And where are the clowns?
There ought to be clowns.
Well, maybe next year . . .
Stephen Sondheim - "Send in the Clowns"

"What does it mean to be alive except to court disaster and suffering at every moment?"

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