Buzz Ballad: A Rodeo Clown

A Rodeo Clown

---apologies to Smokey Robinson and "Tears of a Clown"

Now if there's a mask on my face

You wouldn't think that threatened the republic

But this time the mask that I chose portrayed

A President who treats citizens as subjects

And though my choice needed no permission

'Cause it's part of free speech tradition

Some folks got mad, oh, madder than mad

They complained and they wanted me canned

Demanded as a clown I be banned

Some folks are politically correct

But I ask you, who'd expect

That they'd ban a clown from the rodeo grounds?

Uh huh, oh yeah, baby

Now it needs no stretch of memory

To recall folks who viewed Bush with detestation

Used masks to mock him frequently

Even made a film that showed his assassination

Ain't it funny just how out they're put now

When the shoe's on the other foot now?

Can't stand mockery, oh it seems to me

When a joke requires bravery

That puts us too close to slavery, oh yeah

Some folks are politically correct

But I ask you, who'd expect

That they'd ban a clown from the rodeo grounds?

You know you're far too dour by half

If you can't accept with a laugh

That a part of being free

Is unfettered mockery

So don't ban a clown

From the rodeo grounds, oh yeah baby baby

Now if there's a mask on my face

My choice should need no permission

'Cause it's part of free speech tradition

Don't let this mask I'm wearin'

Let some folks act overbearin'

And get me canned…

It's time to take a stand...