Smile. You’ll Get By

As I was walking my dog today through the tree-lined streets of my friendly Atlanta neighborhood, I began singing the first few lines of “Smile” under my breath.

It just came into my head (no, not because of the Michael Jackson funeral music selection). I love Nat King Cole, but I couldn’t remember all the lyrics. So I looked them up when I got home, read them and immediately felt this warm calm wash over me. Corny, I know. But, the song’s simple, unvarnished words touched me in such a way that I wanted to post them for you to read. I hope they bring you a brief moment of comfort, too.

Smile

Smile though your heart is aching
Smile even though its 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 just smile

That’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile, whats the use of crying?
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile

Words by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons; music by Charlie Chaplin

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