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Off To Join The World
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Shawn Camp, Mark Daniel Sanders

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Date Performance 2004-00-00
Running Time 3:37
Performers (Cowboy) Jack Clement (Vocals), (Cowboy) Jack Clement (Guitars), (Cowboy) Jack Clement (Dobro), (Cowboy) Jack Clement (Ukulele), Bobby Wood(s) (Piano), Bobby Wood(s) (Keyboards), Catherine Styron Marks (Keyboards), Brooks Watson (Keyboards), Brooks Watson (Other Voices), David/Dave Roe (Bass), Kenny Malone (Drums), Kenny Malone (Percussion), Shawn Camp (Guitars), Shawn Camp (Other Voices), Billy Burnette (Guitars), Billy Burnette (Other Voices), Ronnie McCoury (Guitars), Ronnie McCoury (Mandolin), Ronnie McCoury (Mandola), Ronnie McCoury (Gut String Guitar), Joey Miskulin (Accordion), Joey Miskulin (Plectrum Banjo), Mark Howard (Five String Banjo), Mark Howard (Mandolin), Mark Howard (Other Voices), Tim O'Brien (Mandolin), Tim O'Brien (Fiddle), Hank Singer (Fiddle), Jack (Stack-A-Track) Grochmal (Rhythm Guitar), Jack (Stack-A-Track) Grochmal (Other Voices), David R. (Ferg) Ferguson (Rhythm Guitar), Al Angelo (Steel Guitar), (Blue) Jay Patten (Saxophone), Roger Cook (Ukulele), (Hugh) Gordon Stoker (Singer), Louis Nunley (Singer), Ray C. Walker (Singer), Curtis Young (Singer), Alison Clement (Other Voices), Marshall Chapman (Other Voices), Matraca Berg (Other Voices), Pat McLaughin (Other Voices), Jack (Stack-A-Track) Grochmal (Mixed By)
CommentsMixed At Blackbird Studios.
Appears On
Guess Things Happen That Way (2004)
(Cowboy) Jack Clement

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Now friends listen well
Let me tell you a story
I remember just like yesterday
Of the footloose young lad
Who ran off with the circus
Much to his mama's dismay
He was cleaning up after the elephants
When this high-flyin' trapeze girl smiled down
In search of a handsome companion
Because she had just broken up with the clown

Now with one graceful arial flip
He was smillen with her and her little tutu
Standin' there love struck
Why 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
His words rang true right there under the bleachers
Soon after the big top went dark

Now the old bearded lady
She 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 opened her door
And he knew when he saw
The clown standin' behind her
In front of her there stood one more

Now I can't say for sure
If it was Barnum or Bailey
To whom I handed the note
But a tall skinny fellow standing on stilts
First read these words that I wrote
I said I promise to never again
Give my heart to some high-flying trapeze girl
Goodbye cruel circus
I'm off to join the world

I said I promise to never again
Give my heart to some high-flying trapeze girl
Goodbye cruel circus
I'm off to join the world

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