Smile

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"Smile" is an instrumental by Charlie Chaplin, originally appearing in the movie, Modern Times, in 1936. The song title and lyrics were added by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons in 1954. It was covered by Dave Gahan and Soulsavers and is the ninth track on Imposter.

Lyrics

(from Nat King Cole's version)

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 fear 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 you must keep on trying
Smile, what's the use of crying?
You'll find that life is still worthwhile
If you'll just smile
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'll just smile


Dave's Take

Dave talks about this song in this video at the 14:17 mark:



My Take

For this, I listened to the original 1936 instrumental by Charlie Chaplin, the 1954 version by Nat King Cole which was the first recorded with lyrics, and the 1995 version by Michael Jackson (because why not? He said that it was his favorite song). All of these versions employ the heavy use of strings, giving it that old-timey, romantic feel. It is also clear that this song requires a simple crooning tone, so no embellishments and definitely no rock-and-roll shouting. I can say that if Dave employs that beautiful and simple sound in his version of the vocals, then he is going to have us all absolutely melting! He has done it before in songs like "Stay", "Bitter Apple", "Presence of God", and many more. This song is a very popular choice to cover by many artists, so now that it is Dave's turn, let's see what he does with this!

Be sure to check back here for my review on Dave's version!



Music Video

There has not been a music video announced for this song.