Pierrot the Clown (4:22)

Cover of Meds

From Meds and 4 other releases

“Pierrot the Clown” is a song of Placebo’s fifth studio album Meds. It has a slow, mellow feeling in the song which fits its lyrical context of a character in a sombre mood. In the chorus the song compares the character to Pierrot the Clown. Its orchestration is expansive, featuring a string section, glockenspiel and acoustic guitar, among others.

Pierrot is a stock character of mime and Commedia dell’Arte, a French variant of the Italian Pedrolino. His character is that of the sad clown, pining for love of Columbine, who inevitably breaks his heart and leaves him for Harlequin. He is usually depicted wearing a loose, white tunic. The noticeable feature of Pierrot’s behaviour is his naïveté, he is seen as a fool, always the butt of pranks, yet nonetheless trusting. Pierrot is also portrayed as moonstruck, distant and oblivious to reality.


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  • FoolmeThrice

    I'm going to kill myself tomorrow

    27 May 4:45pm Reply
  • 3901

    I like the simile to Pierrot the Clown; nice historical reference. I've never been a fighter. I poke the bruises to make sure they're really there because no one else seems to notice.

    3 Dec 2014 Reply
  • lacrymosarust

    ''Leave me bleeding on the bed, see you right back here tomorrow for the next round. Keep this scene inside your head as the bruises turn to yellow. When I dream, I dream of your lips. When I dream, I dream of your kiss.''

    7 Feb 2014 Reply
  • JuliaSuperman

    I'll be wallowing in sorrow, wearing a frown, like Pierrot the clown

    24 Oct 2013 Reply
  • needleofdeath

    I frequently had this on repeat as a teenager, and listening to it now makes me sort of tearful. It feels like there might never be another tragic love song that young gay guys so easily could relate to, and it makes me sad because the love story told in the song is so destructive. Ugh, it physically hurts me to think about it too much.

    24 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Flynner11

    Remember all the things you'd say, how your promises rang hollow, as you threw me to the ground.

    20 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Lerior_

    This was the song that introduced me to Placebo. In my darkest times, this song was there for me, sharing my sorrow.

    1 Nov 2012 Reply
  • gosiula1

    kocham ten kawałek

    17 Aug 2012 Reply
  • kikikirsche

    26 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Delilah_Zh

    Be sure to come around, I'll be wallowing in sorrow, wearing a frown, like pierrot the clown.

    20 May 2012 Reply
  • juuortiz

    leave me dreaming on the bed, see you right back here tomorrow., for the next round.

    18 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Curry84

    Wearing a frown Like Pierrot the Clown

    13 Mar 2012 Reply
  • BozekVooDoo


    10 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Demonielle

    probably the sadest song i ever heard

    19 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Dado7

    la madonna

    22 Jul 2011 Reply
  • marciowth

    When I dream I dream.. your lips When I dream I dream.. your kiss...

    10 Jul 2011 Reply

    leave me dreaming on the bed, see you right back here tomorrow for the next round... [2]

    9 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Dream__Obscene

    Arguably the best off of Meds.

    2 Jul 2011 Reply
  • heyhihello27

    IMO that's song is the most shocking od Placebo......

    29 Jun 2011 Reply
  • RoBellamy

    I'm like a Pierrot the Clown...

    18 May 2011 Reply
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