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“Smile” by Charlie Chaplin Mei 7, 2007

Posted by Dadi Krismatono in Uncategorized.

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‘Smile’ was the theme music for Chaplin last silent picture ‘Modern Times’ in 1936. It became officially ‘Smile’ when John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons added lyrics to Chaplin’s composition in 1954. Nat ‘King’ Cole recorded the song and it became a hit! Cole’s recording reached the #10 position on the Billboard Charts in 1954.

Over the years, it became a standard which many artist have recorded including Tony Bennett, Barbara Streisand and Rob Stewart. Latest to record ‘Smile’ is Robert Downey Jr. on his ‘The Futurist’ CD. Downey played Charlie in the movie ‘Chaplin’.

There are people who may heard this song but still not know the melody was originally Charlie Chaplin’s. You will know it quickly if you watch ‘Modern Time’.

Other Chaplin music includes Academy Award winning score from Limelight and ‘This Is My Song’ from ‘Countness of Hong Kong’.

Charlie Chaplin’s Theme Music for ‘Modern Times’ – 1936
Lyrics by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons – 1954


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

If you smile
thro’ your fear and sorrow,
Smile and maybe tomorrow,
You’ll see the sun come shin-ing thro’ for you

Light up your face with gladness,
Hide ev-‘ry trace of sadness,
Al -‘tho 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 worth-while,

If you just smile,

* * * * *

Original Sheet Music Lyrics from 1954, Bourne Music Ltd. # 21 Denmark Street, London.  

Music Composed by Charlie Chaplin, Recorded by Nat “King” Cole on Capital Records.

Limelight won the Oscar for Best Music score 20 years after it was first released.

Source: Edna Purviance Research Collection, Linda Wada – March 2004, http://www.ednapurivance.org



1. joned - Mei 17, 2007

awalnya ga percaya kalo chaplin bs nulis musik jg…ga percaya kalo chaplin yg punya ini lagu. btw, ada versi aslinya ga mas?

2. agnes - Juni 15, 2007

hi, met kenal mas dadi.. aku ga sengaja liat web-blog ini waktu browsing. wah, lirik lagu ‘smile’ nya bagus banget ya.. simple tapi maknanya dalam..
btw, tulisan2 mas dadi jg bagus-bagus.. aku jadi nambah wawasan..
tetep nulis ya mas..
sukses selalu buatmu!

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