My Smile Is Upside Down Words and Music by Bill Pere

My parents are imperious
They tell me to be serious
Keep my nose up to the grindstone for awhile
So I work real hard and try
Sometimes it makes me cry
Then they tell me I should lighten up, brighten up,
Have some fun and smile...

So I fool around, acting like a clown
Then the tell me "Keep both feet on the ground...
When they think that I'm amused, I'm really just confused
They can't see the smile I hide there inside, it's upside down

In school I act real studious
But my friends want Howdy Doodyus
So I tell jokes and get them laughing in the aisle
When I settle down and work
My friends call me a jerk
Then they tell me I should lighten up, brighten up,
Have some fun and smile...

So I fool around, acting like a clown
Then the tell me "Keep both feet on the ground...
When they think that I'm amused, I'm really just confused
They can't see the smile I hide there inside, it's upside down

Whenever there's a choice I try to do the thing that's right
I always thought that everything was simple black and white
With each infusion of confusion I can say
That black and white illusion is a fusion that is gray...

So I fool around, acting like a clown
Then the tell me "Keep both feet on the ground...
When they think that I'm amused, I'm really just confused
They can't see the smile I hide there inside, it's upside down

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