© 2010 J. Oscar Bittinger
Written for “The Folk Bros.”

When the circus comes to town
To delight and to astound
But the Big Top ain’t the only entertainment
If your Daredevil don’t dare
Or your Ringmaster’s a square
Skip the Midway, slip away to my tent

CHORUS
Why don’t you come see
The sideshow…

I could be your clown
When the roller coaster’s got you down
I could be your Fortune Telling Gypsy
Is the Lion Tamer out
With the burly Roustabout?
We’ll both disappear, Magician and Beauty…

CHORUS
Why don’t you come see
The sideshow…
I just want to be
Your Sideshow

BRIDGE
The barkers call out
From the Wild Man’s cage
They spin candy floss
And try to guess your age
The carousel horses
Whirl and chase
If you grab the ring
What prize awaits you?

I’ll teach you how to win
“Ring The Bottle” and “Shoot the Pin”
I’ll let you look behind the “Mystery Curtain”
Amusements come and go
What if you join in the show
Getting dropped into the dunk tank might be worth it

CHORUS
Why don’t you come see
The sideshow…
I just want to be
Your Sideshow (not your main attraction…)
I just want to be
Your Sideshow

 


EDITS: 1989: December | 1990: May 2 | 1996; June 8, 9 | 2000: August 12 | 2009: June 4