A clown -- dressed in iconic white collar and red nose -- has been confounding and startling residents of Staten Island. Indeed, SILive reports that sightings of the clown around the borough have prompted such tweets as "Bro I did a double take" and "The fact that there's some [expletive] dressing as a clown and roaming around Staten Island has me never wanting to leave my house."
One sighting was captured on video for our enjoyment:
Others have posted of our gentle friend's comings and goings on Instagram, sharing, for example, a quaint image of the clown emerging from an all-consuming darkness, adding that "I was driving home from Buffalo Wild Wings and saw this waving at me."
News of the clown sightings comes on the heels of a similar string of appearances around Northampton, England, although that clown was soon revealed be a British film student, as is wont to happen.
While this clown's motivations is, as of yet, still anyone's guess, it is clear that the vast majority of clowns only seek to entertain, and to delight.
"Tears of a Clown"
Now if there's a smile on my face It's only there trying to fool the public But when it comes down to fooling you Now honey that's quite a different subject
But don't let my glad expression Give you the wrong impression Really I'm sad, oh sadder than sad You're gone and I'm hurting so bad Like a clown I pretend to be glad
Now there's some sad things known to man But ain't too much sadder than the tears of a clown When there's no one around
Oh yeah baby, now if I appear to be carefree It's only to camouflage my sadness In order to shield my pride I try To cover this hurt with a show of gladness
But don't let my show convince you That I've been happy since you decided to go Oh, I need you so, I'm hurt and I want you to know But for others I put on a show
Now there's some sad things known to man But ain't too much sadder than the tears of a clown When there's no one around, oh yeah
Just like Pagliacci did I try to keep my sadness hid Smiling in the public eye But in my lonely room cry the tears of a clown When there's no one around
Oh, yeah baby Now if there's a smile upon my face Don't let my glad expression Give you the wrong impression Don't let the smile I wear Make you think that I don't care Really I'm sad I'm hurting so bad
WONDER, STEVIE/ROBINSON, SMOKEY/COSBY, HENRY
Published by Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing