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If you just smile,,,,,

 

 

Smile
by Charles Chaplin  (yes, that Charlie Chaplin!)

Lyrics as Sung by Michael Jackson

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
With 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, 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 find that life is still worthwhile
If you 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 just smile
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In 1936 a film was made called “Modern Times”.  Charlie Chaplin wrote the music for it.  John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons added lyrics and the title in 1954.

The song was released in 1964 by Nat King Cole and another recording was made by Sunny Gale.

Michael Jackson recorded the song for the HIStory album, but it was pulled from the release and he never sang it live.  He did play a recording at the beginning of performances of the HIStory tour in honor of Diana, Princess of Wales after her death.

This is one of the videos that people have put together on Youtube.

The point of the song is that you can put a smile and move forward with a positive attitude.

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  1. September 21, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    I’ve always loved this song. Now I love it even more knowing that Charlie Chaplain wrote it.

    • September 22, 2012 at 12:48 am

      Thanks Donna. Glad I found something that you were interested in, too.

  2. StudentInLife
    September 22, 2012 at 12:57 am

    Great song. Had no idea

  3. dougwo
    September 22, 2012 at 12:59 am

    Had no idea. Thanks for the info!

  4. September 22, 2012 at 1:24 am

    Charlie Chaplain one of my long time favorites. 🙂

    • September 22, 2012 at 4:29 pm

      Thanks for commenting, Ajarn

  5. September 22, 2012 at 1:43 am

    Giving smile to other people is worship in Islam. Thanks for the link.

  6. September 22, 2012 at 2:09 am

    Cool, have always love Michael Jackson too.

    • September 22, 2012 at 4:28 pm

      Thanks for visiting my blog.

  7. September 22, 2012 at 2:11 am

    Interesting… and … funny

  8. September 22, 2012 at 2:32 am

    Charlie Chaplain…who knew?!

    • September 22, 2012 at 4:42 pm

      Yes, I found that very interesting

  9. Lars I Wikstrom (wicke)
    September 22, 2012 at 2:33 am

    Brilliant. Have a nice weekend!

  10. September 22, 2012 at 2:52 am

    Thanks Sally – some days it is easier to do this than others, aren’t they? I find the most important thing is to have some interest outside yourself and your circumstances and keep plugging away at that!

    • September 22, 2012 at 4:27 pm

      Yes, Laura. As I said to Harold, this is not the cure for depression by any means! It certainly helps to cheer up a lot of other times, though.

  11. September 22, 2012 at 3:11 am

    Laughter is the best medicine – try laughing without smiling – impossible. thanks for sharing Sally. Beautiful man, beautiful artist, beautiful song.

  12. September 22, 2012 at 4:08 am

    If you act like your happy, sometimes you can even convince yourself!

    • September 22, 2012 at 4:26 pm

      Yes, Harold. This certainly is not the way to deal with depression, but just a mood – could work!

  13. September 22, 2012 at 7:27 am

    I had no idea about the history of this song – very interesting!

    • September 22, 2012 at 4:26 pm

      Nice of you to stop by Mark!

  14. September 22, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    I’ve loved this song since I heard it in My Girl 2. It’s sooo beautiful! 🙂

  15. September 22, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Wiser words could not be sung. I just love the lyrics. Now I am educated with this wonderful background anthology. You keep you chin up Sally K. Witt. Having the right perspective changes everything. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful story with me.

    • September 22, 2012 at 10:45 pm

      Great to meet you today at Empire Avenue and on Xeeme. Thanks for the comment!

  16. September 23, 2012 at 3:49 am

    Hi Sally! Love this song – while it is healthy to feel your sorrow, you can’t let it cripple you. Sometimes you have to “fake it til you make it”. Nice that you found this video too, thanks!

    • September 23, 2012 at 10:59 am

      Appreciate the visit, Mary!

  17. September 23, 2012 at 8:01 am

    What a great collection of thoughts on being happy

  18. September 23, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    A smile is as contagious as a yawn, and will turn most sour situations around.

    • September 24, 2012 at 12:10 am

      Thanks for the visit and comment! Always a pleasure to hear from the BIS team!

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