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Simon Smith And His Amazing Dancing Bear
|Name||Simon Smith And His Amazing Dancing Bear|
|Album/single||Only ever played live once.|
|Writer/composer||Randy Newman (1965)|
Written by Randy Newman for Frank Sinatra Jr., but became a #4 song in the UK for Alan Price in 1968.
Played at the beginning of the concert at The Orpheum Theater, Boston, MA. on October 30, 2007.
Just vocals & keyboard.
The "I may go out tomorrow if I can borrow a coat to wear" section is cited to have been an influence on the lyrics of This_Charming_Man_(single).
Morrissey mentions this song in Autobiography:
"1967’s major investments are Simon Smith and his amazing dancing bear by Alan Price (who sings ‘well excepted everywhere’, which surely ought to be ‘well accepted everywhere’), Peek-a-boo by the New Vaudeville Band, Bernadette by the Four Tops."
Lyrics reproduced below in full, although Morrissey didn't sing them all.
I may go out tomorrow if I can borrow a coat to wear Oh I'd step out in style with my sincere smile and my dancing bear Outrageous alarming courageous charming Oh who would think a boy and bear Could be well accepted everywhere It's just amazing how fair people can be
Seen at the nicest places where well fed faces all stop to stare Making the grandest entrance is Simon Smith and his dancing bear They'll love us, won't they? They feed us, don't they? Oh, who would think a boy and bear Could be well accepted everywhere It's just amazing how fair people can be
Who needs money when you're funny? The big attraction everywhere Will be Simon Smith and his dancing bear It's Simon Smith and the amazing dancing bear
Play count (Morrissey concert): 1
Morrissey live history:
Related Forum Threads
- Morrissey A-Z: "Simon Smith and His Amazing Dancing Bear" (live cover) - Morrissey-solo (Jul 31, 2021)