Smile on my face, tears of a sad clown

from Jay Electronica (Ft. J. Cole, Reflection Eternal & Yasiin Bey) – Just Begun Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Clowns are considered to be happy figures, they’re never down always cheery. The metaphor is that even though you see Jay smiling, he’s actually hurt in side but he tries to conceal it (I hide behind the tears of a sad clown — clown looks happy, but is actually sad inside).

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