The Circus Left Town

Album: Pilgrim (1998)
Charted: 39

Songfacts®:

  • Clapton wrote this in honor of his son Conor, who was 4 years old when he died. The day before Conor fell to his death they were at a circus, so Clapton wrote this song to mourn for his son. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Sean - Pa, PA

Comments: 5

  • Phil from Bern, SwitzerlandAccording to Clapton's new autobiography, the song was cut out from the Unplugged album, because it was played too bumpy. And it's true, the song is maybe not played as steadily as the rest of the concert. You can find the whole concert as bootleg on http://www.thetradersden.org and you'll also find it on youtube.
  • Darren from Oklahoma City, OkWhen MTV originally released EC's "Unplugged" performance some local radio stations simulcasted the performance on FM channels. Clapton played this song during the set for the broadcast but it wasn't released on the video or cd in stores until a studio version showed up on "Pilgrim". It seems like EC at the time thought it was still too personal to release in '92 but it was one of my favorite songs from the Unplugged shows. I think at the time no one knew the meaning behind the song and EC played it solely for himself. I recorded that simulcast but someone stole the tape about a week after it was recorded. I hope that EC releases the Unplugged eventually, if anyone knows of an import version of the Unplugged that may have it on the playlist will you please post it here.
  • Emma from White Rock, CanadaOh jesus, I cry like mad whenever I hear songs about Conor Clapton. So f*cking heartbreaking.
  • Joshua from Twin Cities, MnThis is one of three songs written in response to Conor Clapton's death. There was also Eric's "Tears In Heaven", and "Since I Lost You" by Genesis, written by Clapton's friend and occasional musical collaborator Phil Collins.
  • Lp from New York, Nythis song is actually called "Circus", not "The Circus Left Town."
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