Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – The Tears Of A Clown

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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.

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16 responses to “Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – The Tears Of A Clown

  1. Now there’s a tune! Always been drawn to Smokey, as there’s was always something real about him and the words he sang. This is one of my all time favourites.

      • I love Stevie so much – I picked up Songs in the Key of Life on vinyl at Christmas. Best $5 I’ve ever spent. (Maybe let’s not talk about his 80s stuff? LOL)

      • lol, I agree. “Songs In The Key Of Life” is one of those records I’m dreading reviewing. It’s one my personal favourites of all time, and I know once I start writing about it I’ll get carried away and it will be about 50,000 words long.

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