"Clown" is a song by Scottish recording artist Emeli Sandé. It was released on 3 February 2013 as the fifth single from her debut studio album, Our Version of Events (2012). "Clown" was written by Sandé, Shahid Khan, Grant Mitchell and produced by Khan under his production name of Naughty Boy.
The song was written by Sandé, Shahid Khan, Grant Mitchell and produced by Khan under his production name of Naughty Boy. The story of the song talks about Sandé's first experiences in the music industry, mainly reflecting her search to get signed by a music company and the encounters with several music business people in the industry. Commenting on the song, Sandé said: “It’s about how I felt when I was trying to get signed, I was going for all these meetings and people were looking at me like ‘What do we do with you’? It’s about not allowing yourself to be judged by others or to be taken for an idiot. I feel the video reflects that.”
A music video to accompany the release of "Clown" was first released onto YouTube on 6 December 2012 at a total length of three minutes and forty-seven seconds. It was directed by WIZ. The video was held in the style of a Silent film and shows Sandé being urged by a group of men, in military uniform, to sign a document in order to get something in return.
Dutch three-piece girl group O'G3NE, released a cover version of the song. It was released in the Netherlands as a digital download on 23 May 2016 by Cornelis Music. The song peaked at number 64 on the Dutch Singles Chart. The song is included on the Special Edition of their third studio album We Got This.