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  1. Smile

From the recording The Nearness of You

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Smile is a song based on an instrumental theme used in the soundtrack for Charlie Chaplin's 1936 movie Modern Times. Chaplin composed the music, inspired by Puccini's Tosca. John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons added the lyrics and title in 1954. In the lyrics, based on lines and themes from the film, the singer is telling the listener to cheer up and that there is always a bright tomorrow, just as long as they smile.

"Smile" has become a popular standard since its original use in Chaplin's film and has been recorded by numerous artists. The song was also recorded by Jimmy Durante as part of his album "Jackie Barnett Presents Hello Young Lovers", His version is part of the soundtrack to the 2019 film Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Robert De Niro.

Judy Garland sang a memorable version of "Smile" on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1963. The song was featured in the 2003 film Mona Lisa Smile

Lyrics

Smile, when your heart is aching
Smile, even though it's breaking
When there are clouds in the sky
You'll get by

If you smile
through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You'll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just

Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
That's the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what's the use of crying
You'll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just Smile.

Charlie Chaplin composed the music, inspired by Puccini's Tosca. John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons added the lyrics and title in 1954

Smile lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group