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"The Clown" tells the story of a clown "who tried to please people like most jazz musicians do, but whom nobody liked until he was dead. My version of the story ended with his blowing his brains out with the people laughing and finally being pleased because they thought it was part of the act. I liked the way Jean changed the ending; leaves it more up to the listener."

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[Jean Shepherd]
Man, there was this clown, and he was a real happy guy, a real happy guy, he had all these greens and all these yellows and all these…

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