Tom Russell

The Greatest Show On Earth

Tom Russell

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The Greatest Show On Earth

	  		
Verse 
D              G       D                  G 
Step up, buy a ticket - Front row, centre seat 
D                 G        Em          A 
A real live human drama of love and defeat 
D                     G              D                        G 
Don't worry 'bout the cost my friend, you'll get your money's worth 
     D   A      Bm               Em       A       D     G  D  G 
As a man and a woman star in the greatest show on earth 


D                   G           D                   G 
May I direct your attention now, to ring number one 
D            G           Em                  A 
A man and a woman, the affair has just begun 
         D                   G            D                G 
And they waltz beneath the spotlight to a round of warm applause 
D                   G              Em            A 
Then he puts on his clown mask and she her tiger claws 
       Bm                 C              Bm                     C 
As the band breaks into a rumba, they're blowing for all their worth 
         D   A      Bm          Em       A       D     G  D  G 
It's the end of act one, in the greatest show on earth 


D                   G           D                     G 
May I direct your attention now, to ring number three 
D                 G            Em                    A 
A man is in the spotlight, the clown is on his knees 
D                      G               D               G 
He's kneeling beside a dancer, who has fallen from the wire 
D                 G                Em                A 
Working without a net, was she the victim of desire? 
        Bm              C                 Bm            C 
And the crowd begins to wonder is this an act or is she hurt? 
       D         A       Bm              Em       A       D     G  D  G 
As the spotlight dims to darkness in the greatest show on earth 


D                    G            D                    G 
And now we're in the centre ring, they're lowering the cage 
D                G              Em              A 
The lion and the tigress acting out their final rage 
D                   G                        D                 G 
But little children don't be scared when you hear that closing song 
D                   G              Em              A 
The love affair has ended, but the show it must go on 
        Bm                 C                  Bm              C 
And the circus train moves down the line from Memphis to Fort Worth 
D         A      Bm                 Em       A       D      G  D  G 
Appearing now in your hometown, the greatest show on earth 

Outro 
D             G        D 
Step up buy a ticket... 
		  

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