American Old Time Song Lyrics: 08 When The Circus Comes To Town

Theater, Music-Hall, Nostalgic, Irish & Historic Old Songs, Volume 8

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When the Circus Comes to Town.
Written and sung by Sam Devere.

The people shout And all run out,
When the circus comes to town,
The Prussian band it plays so grand,
It sets them upside down.
The little boys they make a noise,
When they see the grand parade;
And watch the man with the big tin can
Of circus lemonade;
How they stare at the grizzly bear,
The wild cat and the big hyena,
The sacred calf, the big giraffe,
Skeleton and fat girl playing casino,
The riders dance, the horses prance,
With agility around the big arena;
Lose your brain, and watch and chain,
When the circus comes to town.

Lovers go to the circus show,
Eat peauuts by the peck,
While Madame, the dame, with the big French name.
Will dance on the horse's neck.
The old clown's jokes tickles the folks.
And he holds up paper balloons;
And the band will play in the same old way,
Them same old circus tunes.
Elephants all big and small,
Form in pyramids, squat on their hunkeys;
The big Zulu from Kalamazoo,
The comical mules and little trick donkey.
Girls, keep away, don't you play
Around the cage where they keep the monkey;
Do take care, you'll lose your hair,
When the circus comes to town.

Tumblers spring all over the ring.
With astonishing grace And ease;
The music plays, the people gaze
At the man on the high trapeze.
When a man will stand and poke his hand
Into the lion's mouth awhile;
And the Tatooed Greek with a terrible cbeek,
Will wink at the girls and smile.
Around the course on a bareback horse,
The champion rides with great ability;
Jumps with his toes on the horse's nose,
Bows and smiles with great facility'.
The ladies cheer when he stands on his ear,
And bends the crab with great agility;
Lose your purse And then you'll curse,
When the circus comes to town.
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