One of the first pop songs I can remember that wasn't the Beatles.
My mum liked it and sang it a lot, in part because the word "Simon" appeared in it. She also liked that Alan Price - nice looking fellow.
Only recently realised "Dancing Bear" was written by Randy Newman, one of those crit-beloved (American-crit beloved, really) artists I've never got to grips with. The shadow of "Short People", perhaps.
(You gotta love the sloppy disregard of Decca's design people, misspelling Alan on the single cover)
I guess it's one of these songs that if not exactly anti-showbiz, is perhaps ambivalent about the indignity of entertaining a bunch of paying strangers?
Apparently for Newman it had some kind of secreted meaning to do with how showbiz is a way for minorities - Jewish or Black - to find acceptance in White America.