Song of the Day #1,038: ‘Clown in Broad Daylight’ – Ron Sexsmith

Despite the playful implication of its title, Ron Sexsmith’s Other Songs was far from a sophomore slump. I’d rank it up there as one of his two or three best albums.

It features several beautiful little slices of life, such as ‘Pretty Little Cemetery,’ in which a father and son share a moment while walking through a cemetery on vacation, and ‘Strawberry Blonde,’ in which the singer spots a childhood crush on a bus years later.

I imagine today’s song came to Sexsmith all at once after spotting a clown in broad daylight at a car wash — an odd, incongruous image that made him smile. And he turned that into a couple of minutes of jaunty delight, adding in a horn part that’s appropriate to the circus theme.

Standing on the side of the road near the overpass
With a sign around his neck that says
“Carwash, free balloons”, he’s a clown in broad daylight

He’s waving at the people in cars who do a double-take
And goad him on with their horns outside the carwash
Like a cartoon, he’s a clown in broad daylight

Raising eyebrows and emotions
He don’t phase some people at all
For everyday the circus is open
Everything is alright
It’s just a clown in broad daylight

Everything is alright
For against the backdrop of ordinary life it’s the easy laugh
That gets you through your working day and the hogwash
Sad but true, he’s a clown in broad daylight

Yeah he’s waving at you
He’s a clown, a clown in broad daylight

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,038: ‘Clown in Broad Daylight’ – Ron Sexsmith

  1. Dana says:

    Oh, how you love a circus song:)

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