179 – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – The Tears Of A Clown (1970)
Written by Stevie Wonder, Hank Cosby and Smokey Robinson
Produced by Hank Cosby and Smokey Robinson
Label – Tamla
When Bob Dylan called Smokey Robinson our greatest living poet, I often wondered if there was some tongue in cheek acknowledgement, or a deflection away from the adulation for his own lyric writing. Whatever the reason, lyrically this is far deeper than normal pop fare, an anguished plea from a broken soul, who is still unwilling to let the public witness his emotional breakdown.