tears of a clown
Just like Pagliacci did / I try to keep my sadness hid / Smiling in the public eye
but in a lonely room I cry / the tears of a clown /when there's no-one around." -- William 'Smokey' Robinson Jr, Tears of a Clown.
Pagliacci: Pagliacci, an opera by Ruggiero Leoncavallo, is about a clown who must make the audience laugh while he weeps behind his makeup because his wife betrayed him.
A rare photomanip from me. Based on a detail from a photo I took today of a fairground-style laughing clown stall.
My entry in the deviantart.com Word of the Week competition for the word 'hidden'.