If You Just Smile

Smile lyrics by Charlie Chaplin

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 just smile

♥      ♥      ♥      ♥      ♥      ♥      ♥      ♥      ♥      ♥     ♥     ♥     ♥     ♥     ♥

I had the honor and pleasure of hearing this song performed Saturday evening at The Joint in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  The artist was one I grew up listening to. (thanks to my parents with great taste in  music!)  Anthony Dominick Benedetto, aka, Tony Bennett.

At age eighty-six, Tony Bennett’s voice is still strong and spot on.  He teased us with a bit of soft shoe and left us wanting more.  He continues to sing with joy and appreciation for his art and his audience.  My heart hurt when he spoke of Pearl Bailey, Jimmy Durante, Rosemary Clooney, and Bob Hope.  Tony Bennett’s presence on this stage reminded me of how much I miss them.  We laughed when he told us that Bob Hope was the one that renamed him Tony Bennett because Bob said, “Your real name would never fit on my  marquee.”

His second and final encore song was, “Smile”.  He shared that when he recorded it several years ago, he received a note in the mail from Switzerland thanking him for giving his song “life again”….signed ~Charlie Chaplin.

I didn’t want his last song to end.  I tried to capture every word and note.  And while the song title was “Smile”, it brought tears.  This legendary man was singing to me while my hand was being squeezed by my legendary man.  If a moment in time could be frozen,  this would have been the one. ~ ♥

The Best is Yet to Come ♪ The Good Life ♫ The Way You Look Tonight ♫ I’ve Got the World On A String ♪ I Left My Heart in San Francisco ♫ Because of You ♪ ♫ ♪

p.s.  I hope this song is stuck in your head.  All.  Day.  Long. 🙂  Be kind to each other ♥

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31 Responses to If You Just Smile

  1. Amazing – just like you. Well suited for today, and what a perfect classic. What a wonderful thing that must have been to hear…and now you shared it with us! xoxo

  2. He’s obviously touring big time as he was just over the border in Spain a couple of months ago. Some friends saw him and we as amazed as you 😉

  3. mimijk says:

    Gorgeous…we saw him in concert two years ago and also wanted the concert to continue…This song? My dad used to sing it with me all the time, and I can’t listen to it yet without getting teary..

  4. I’ll be humming this for the rest of the day and how great is it to see a real legend in action

  5. sounds like you had a great time! I didn’t know CC wrote those words! Awesome.

  6. tchistorygal says:

    I never knew Charlie Chaplin wrote that song. I can just hear it as I read your blog. BTW I nominated you for a Sunshsine Award. Congratulations. Enjoy the award and picking out your favorite sites. Come visit my site to pick up your award. http://tchistorygal.wordpress.com/2012/09/10/a-lovely-blog-award/

  7. You have so many nice experiences, and thanks for always sharing them with us. I think Tony Bennett is the only famous person I haven’t heard any bad gossip about. God Bless him for still performing at age 86. He gives me courage.

  8. What a special treat! Lucky you to hear that voice.

  9. Tony Bennett…Wow! One of the last greats from that generation..

  10. Dottie Whitsitt says:

    Another favorite of mine and everyone from 8 to 80 (and above) loves Tony Bennett!! Such a special song to sing, especially today!! I didn’t know either that it was written by CC….thanks for that bit of info also…..waiting to hear our next song!! Thanks Paula, your choice of songs and words are so uplifting for me as I am sure it is for all your followers!! Am so honored to be your friend!! Love ya 🙂

  11. Dottie Whitsitt says:

    Now Paula, I believe you win more than your share! 🙂 I think we are both pretty competitive 😀

  12. amb says:

    I heart Tony Bennett … even more so now that he’s still so full of life and energy at 86! What a guy!!

  13. Love this song. The words mean so much and the music is great 🙂

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