The joker


For today’s blog we have a request by Eddie From Brazil as he wants to view ‘The joker’ from the 2010 DVD  ‘On TV Shirley Bassey’. Shirley Bassey sings this song on the 1971 Engelbert Humperdinck show. Below you will also find an article from a magazine from 1971 that I hope you enjoy.

The Joker
Written by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley.

Released 1968 on the album This Is My Life. A live recording was on the 1970 album Live at Talk of the Town.
The song had been re-released on the 1993 Shirley Bassey – The Collection.

This song is taken from the musical “The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd”. This musical played in 1964 in Britain without much success, it didn’t get to the West End. Bricusse and Newley’s previous musical “Stop the World – I want to get off” had been such a success, so much so that David Merrick decided to bring it to Broadway anyway. The Broadway premiere had been 1965, but it only reached 231 performances. The music was great, and Shirley Bassey has recorded two more songs from this musical: “On A Wonderful Day Like Today” and “Who Can I Turn To?”.

Anthony Newley died on April 14th 1999 of cancer. He had been a composer, actor, director and singer. He wrote the musical show “Stop the World, I Want to Get Off” with Leslie Bricusse from which Shirley performed the songs “Typically English” and “Once In A Lifetime”.

It is said that neither Newley nor Bricusse could read or write music, so what they did was hum and sing into a tape recorder, and then take the tapes to their musical friend, Ian Fraser, who wrote it all down. Anthony Newley said in an interview: “You could say that Newley did the music and Leslie did the lyrics. The only time we both did lyrics together was on STOP THE WORLD.”

Anthony Newley was married to actress Joan Collins from 1963 till 1970.

Lyrics:

There’s always a joker in the pack
There’s always a lonely clown
The poor laughing fool falls on his back
And ev’ryone laughs when he’s down

There’s always a funny man in the game
But he’s only funny by mistake
But ev’ryone laughs at him, just the same
They don’t see his lonely heart break
They don’t care as long as there is a jester, just a fool
As foolish as he can be
There’s always a joker, that’s a rule
But fate deals the hand and I see
The joker is me

There’s always a funny man in the game
But he’s only funny by mistake
But ev’ryone laughs at him, just the same
They don’t see his lonely heart break
They don’t care as long as there is a jester, just a fool
As foolish as he can be
There’s always a joker, that’s a rule
But fate deals the hand and I see
The joker is me
The joker is me
The joker is me

(Transcribed by Roman)

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One thought on “The joker”

  1. Dear Pieter, no words to say, I mean, lots of words to say. Thanks a lot. My passion for Shirley does not stop to increase. Jewels and more jewels all the time. She is the one. The one and only. And you all so kind.everytime we ask for something. So nice. Eddie

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