Lyrics Look # 2 – Smile
Quirky T hates it when people demand for her to smile. A smile should be a genuine, unforced action. Yet, I like the use of “smile” in the lyrics of songs by my favorite musicians. These lyrics make me smile without being forced to.
Of course topping the list of smile songs must be Barry Manilow’s “Can’t Smile Without You.” It’s the classic smile song as well as a great karaoke song.
Jon Secada wrote Gloria Estefan’s “I See Your Smile” which makes me smile as well as get emotional. I was almost in tears when Jon sang it in his 1995 concert at Radio City Music Hall. I was affected by the sentiment of Jon Secada singing it as a tribute to Gloria Estefan. In this You Tube clip (at 2:55), they sing the song together at one of Gloria’s concerts. http://youtu.be/DWhag7X5yes?t=2m55s
Speaking of sentimental, lyrics that always affect me are in the 1978 Genesis song “Follow You, Follow Me”. http://youtu.be/vRD49AFxJVI It’s not surprising that a line from this song would affect me. It’s the romantic song that brought female fans to Genesis. Until that time, the band had predominantly male followers.
My absolute favorite use of smile in a song comes from my all-time favorite song which is Phil Collins’ “We Said Hello Goodbye”. http://youtu.be/dK_EEAw_VaI I have used those lyrics as my personal motto. I put them into action frequently, especially in tough situations. Whenever I hear or think of those lyrics, they always make me feel better and make me smile. Maybe that’s why those annoying people demand that I smile but I would still rather do it on my terms, when I feel like it.
Guitar Train passengers, tell Quirky T what are your favorite lyrics about smiling? How do they make you feel?
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