Gershwin Prize

S2016 E1 | CLIP

Esperanza Spalding | Smokey Robinson: The Gershwin Prize

Esperanza Spalding performs as a tribute to Smokey Robinson, recipient of the Gershwin Prize.

AIRED: February 10, 2017 | 0:03:17
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(audience applauding)

♪ Hello America

♪ Oh yeah baby

♪ Oh ooo

♪ Now if there's a smile on my face

♪ It's only there trying to fool the public

♪ But when it comes down to me and you

♪ Now honey that's quite a different subject

♪ But don't let my glad expression

♪ Give you the wrong impression

♪ I'm sad, oh I'm sadder than sad

♪ You're gone and I need you so bad

♪ Like a clown I pretend to be glad

♪ Now they're 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, oh

♪ Now if I appear to be carefree

♪ It's only to camouflage my sadness

♪ Or to shield my pride I try

♪ To cover this hurt with a show of gladness

♪ But don't let my smile 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

♪ For others I put on a show

♪ Now they're some sad things known to man

♪ But ain't too much sadder than

♪ The tears of a clown

♪ When there's no one around

♪ Just like Pagliacci did

♪ I try to keep my sadness in

♪ Smile for the public eye

♪ But in my lonely room I cry

♪ The tears of a clown

♪ When there's no one around

♪ Now if there's a smile on my face

♪ Don't let that glad expression

♪ Give you the wrong impression

♪ Don't let that smile I wear

♪ Make you think that I don't care

♪ Baby I'm sad, oh sad

♪ Baby I'm sad

(upbeat music)

♪ Oh yeah

(audience applauding)

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