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April 6, 2009

TT: Almanac

Why must the show go on?
The rule is surely not immutable,
It might be wiser and more suitable
Just to close
If you are in the throes
Of personal grief and private woes.
Why stifle a sob
While doing your job
When, if you use your head,
You'd go out and grab
A comfortable cab
And go right home to bed?
Because you're not giving us much fun,
This "Laugh Clown Laugh" routine's been overdone,
Hats off to Show Folks
For smiling when they're blue
But more
comme-il-faut folks
Are sick of smiling through,
And if you're out cold,
Too old,
And most of your teeth have gone,
Why must the show go on?

Noël Coward, "Why Must the Show Go On?"

Posted April 6, 2009 12:00 AM

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