Smile (Charlie Chaplin)

Smile
(Charlie Chaplin)

Smile
by Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin
The “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.

Judy Garland sang a memorable version of “Smile” on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1963…

Lyrics

Smile though 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 pain and sorrow,
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You’ll see the sun come shining through, for you.

Light up your face with gladness,
Hide every trace of sadness,
Although a tear may be ever so near,
That’s the time (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.

Oh ooh yeah

That’s the time (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.
Smile though your heart is aching,
Smile even though it’s breaking,
When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by,

That’s the time (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
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile,
If you just smile.

Songwriters: Donat Roy Jackie Mittoo / Lily Rose Beatrice Allen / Iyiola Babatunde Babalola / Darren Emilio Lewis