The girl that I intend to wed
Just bought a gift for me & said
“I bought this ‘specially
For all your friends to see
Open it up, go ahead.”
“Ah, that’s awful swell,” I said

I kissed her on the cheek & then
Began to read the note within
“In these you’ll look real smart
Because they match your heart”
& so I took them out

Clown shoes; so what’s it all about?
Oh no, not clown shoes!
Maybe I’m in for some mighty bad news

She laughed at me & called my name
& all my friends, they did the same
Thought she was sweet & swell
& look how hard I fell
& now I know I was wrong
So I’ll go & put my clown shoes on