The Grinning Man - Only A Clown Lyrics

2017 West End
The Grinning Man the musical - Only A Clown Lyrics

The song is written by Tim Phillips, Marc Teitler, Carl Grose and Tom Morris.

Is this the chance I’ve waited so long for?
The old crone’s prediction
Is fact and not fiction
Wipe away this clam-smile forever
Reward my devotion with a promotion

Today I am only a clown
But soon I’ll be wearing a velvet gown

I can see a bold new horizon
The end of your line and the beginning of mine
Good King Clarence has destined this for me
A traitor’s estate delivered by fate

Today I am only a clown
But soon I’ll be wearing a velvet-

TRELAW (spoken)
Wait! My son - imagine the Blade of Billboa in your hand.
Feel that strength in your heart.
That is the Trelaw spirit.
No matter how bad things get, hope will always find a-

[Trelaw is hanged.]

No! Father!


(spoken) One down, two to go.
Eeny meeny miny mo - this one, I think. Come along

Sir, if you have a shred of humanity in your heart,
please let my son live

Let him live? I have my orders

MOTHER (spoken)
My Lord, look at him! Tiny, wretched, helpless.
In another world, he could be you and you could be him

Don’t throw away your humanity
Since you’re a lord, see what pity might allow
Surely you once had a mother
Think what she’d say to you now

Please don’t take my little boy
Don’t take him away from me
Give me back my little boy
Give my baby back to me

Since the Fates are smiling upon me
Maybe I’ll try a moment of kindness

At Kingdom’s End, the last ship is boarding
You’ll melt into mist
No longer exist
You will be free
And all down to me
That’s right, little boy, a moment of joy

Today I am only a clown
But soon I’ll be wearing my velvet gown

(spoken) Stop! What am I thinking?
No one must know of my kindness.
If I am to grant you this lucky escape,
You and your mother must leave the country and never come back.
And you must never reveal who you really are, do you understand?


Spike! Let us cut a deal. A deal sealed in blood

No! Run, boy, run to the ship! Run!



I will sever you free from your past so no one will ever recognise
you for the traitor you really are. Just one small slice
and you will be living in a new world.
One decorated with the peculiar comfort of pain because…

(sung) Laughter is the best medicine.
Laughter is the best medicine

Songs from musical: The Grinning Man musical Songs
Only A Clown lyrics from The Grinning Man

The Grinning Man the Musical Lyrics

Laughter Is The Best Medicine
Show Us Your Face
Hymn Of The Hanged
Cry Of Pain
Stars In The Sky
Blind To Nothing
Beauty And The Beast
Weep Oh Weep
Somethings Going To Change
Never Seen A Face Like This
Born Broken
I Am The Freak Show
Roll Up!
Josiana's Letter
A Scar Is Born
Only A Clown
Brand New World Of Feeling
The Smiling Song
A New Beginning
Burn Down The Fair
Stars In The Sky