Barbra Streisand

Send in the Clowns

Composed by Stephen Sondheim

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A huge hit for Judy Collins in the early/mid-'70s, Barbra Streisand's version of Stephen Sondheim's "Send in the Clowns" has become even more popular. The desperate message and melancholy message is pure Sondheim, with an air of uncertainty being the main focus here. Feelings of emotional snapshots pop up all throughout the song, relating messages of mortality, romance, and emotional turmoil, as well as melancholy. All of this is combined to create one of the most pure pieces of modern musical poetry. This version is highlighted by a wonderful, bittersweet arrangement by Jeremy Lubbock, whose string lines gently echo Streisand's beautiful vocal delivery. The song has also been covered by numerous artists, including Frank Sinatra, yet this version -- next to Collins' -- may be the most definitive.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Broadway Album 1985 Columbia 4:42
The Essential Barbra Streisand 2002 Columbia / Sony Music 4:42
The Ultimate Collection: Barbara Streisand 2002 Columbia / Sony Music Distribution
No Image 2010 Col / Columbia / Legacy / Sony Music / Sony Music Entertainment 4:42