Friends listen well and I'll tell you a story
I remember just like yesterday
Off a footloose you lad ran off with the circus
Much to his mama's dismay
He was cleaning up after the elephants
When the highflying trapeze girl smiled down
In search of a handsome companion because
She had just broken up with a clown
With one graceful aerial flip he was smitten
With her and her little tutu
Standing there love struck he almost stumbled
Into the elephants doing their tricks
And the ringmaster smiled tipped his top hat and said
Son bid adieu to your heart
And his words rand true right there under the bleachers
Soon after that big top went dark
Now the old bearded lady whispered be careful
On the train to the very next town
And the handful of midgets who rode unicycles
Peddled by with one smile and four frowns
So he had a vague sense of uneasiness when
His new sweetheart openned her door
And he knew when he saw the clown standing behind her
In front of her there stood one more
Now I can't tell you if it was Barnum or Bailey
To whom I handed the note
But a tall skinny fella standing on stilts
First read the words that I wrote
It said "Promise I'll never again give my heart
To a high-flying trapeze girl
Goodbye cruel circus
I'm off to join the world"