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written by bert miller and ryan hamilton

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we're off to see the circus
to watch the dancing bears
riding on their bicycles
the people sit and stare
they're laughing at their dancing
and they're dancing 'cause they're hungry
but they won't be eating they'll be beaten
by their master with a chair

so we're off to see the circus
with the boxing kangaroos
bouncing wearing shorts on
to cover up their bruises
if he loses he'll be shot
and it is that that makes him fight
it's not as if he chooses
to come and do this every night

but the people always pay
there's money to be made
and it is that what makes the master
treat the animals this way
he fills it every night
the big top shinning bright
all the animals are fighting
for their lives

once we've seen the circus
we'll go running round the zoo
where the animals aren't dancing
they just sit and look at you
if some of them are sleeping
we'll just tap to wake them up
it's not as if we're asking them to do very much

but we want to see a show
a skydive, a tight rope,
a sword fight or catching apples
we'd come all the time
be at the front of the line
if the animals were fighting
for their lives

we're off to see a bullfight to fight a bloody bull
listen to the band play we'll stay to watch him fall
he'll die right here in front of us
we'll take the red flag home

riding on the elephants
with chains around their feet
paintings on their faces
pink skin underneath
a tiger tied to a table
you don't need cages he's got no teeth
a metal rod to beat him
to photograph the beast

a crowd gathers round
to watch the junkie clown
it's a monkey with a hat on
collecting coins
the crowd goes home
the animals go nowhere
tomorrow there will be another show

don't go

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from E​.​P., released November 5, 2012

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