Ballad of Cleo and Joe

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"Ballad of Cleo and Joe"
Single by Cyndi Lauper
from the album Sisters of Avalon
Released September 16, 1997[1]
Format CD single
Recorded 1996
Genre Alternative, electronica
Label Epic
Writer(s) Cyndi Lauper, Jan Pulsford
Producer(s) Cyndi Lauper, Mark Saunders, Jan Pulsford
Cyndi Lauper singles chronology
"Sisters of Avalon"
"Ballad of Cleo and Joe"
"Early Christmas Morning"

"Ballad of Cleo and Joe" is the third single from the album Sisters of Avalon by Cyndi Lauper. It was released on September 16, 1997. It was made available on a commercial CD single and a 12" promotional vinyl single, exclusively in the U.S.

Song information[edit]

The song is about the double life of a drag queen, the titular 'Joe' (by day) and 'Cleo' (by night). This song was one of the many songs on the Sisters of Avalon album that was about a taboo subject.

Clubs received the remixes in the beginning of September of '97. The remixes were by Soul Solution.

A music video was released featuring a pregnant Lauper rotating on a platform with her stomach decorated to look like a disco ball. The video received play primarily in clubs.

The song became a dance hit, even making an appearance on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
U.S. Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles 24
U.S. Hot Dance Club Play 36

Official versions[edit]

  1. A cappella
  2. Soul Solution Instrumental 8:51
  3. Soul Solution Radio Edit 3:54
  4. Soul Solution Tribal Dub 3:35
  5. Soul Solution Vocal Dub 8:46


  1. ^ "Ballad of Cleo & Joe: Cyndi Lauper: Music". Retrieved 2012-01-15. 

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