Smile

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Introduction by Jimmy Flemion


Charles Chaplin once wrote, "Smile though your heart is breaking" after a failed marriage trying to cheer himself up. They told Jack Nicholson to smile on the set of "Easy Rider" and he says he has been smiling ever since. One of the apple scruffs told George Harrison to smile during his Beatle days and he wrote the "Old Brown Shoe" lyric "When I see your face replacing every thoughtless frown". Stephen Stills wrote "If you smile at me I will understand, 'cause that is something everyone everywhere does in the same language." <br&>

My song "Smile" the second selection on side two of The Frogs first LP was written on March 3, 1986. It is a case in point of not being with someone anymore and being glad of that fact. It is also a case in point of my reluctance to show my feelings which had not been vented up to that point or speak my heart which is always a cause for confusion. <br&>

The chord progression for the verses of the song is G Major 9 ( open chord ) / D Major ( open chord ) G b in bass. The chord progression for the chorus is F dim / B 7 / F dim / B 7 / F dim / B 7 / F dim / B 7 / B b Major slides in to B Major / E Major. Here are the original lyrics before they were changed in favor of the final Lp version's lyrics.<br&>

1st Draft Lyrics


They locked the door<br&> Years ago<br&> Below your nose<br&> You hide the gold<br&>

Someone took the treasure<br&> Someone took their time<br&> Someone boxed your profile<br&> I didn't have much time to<br&>

Smile, smile, smile, smile<br&>

2nd Draft Lyrics


Mine all is mine<br&> I want it all<br&> Bomb the steps I climbed to you<br&> To your front door<br&>

After what you done to me<br&> I wasn't really ( I'm really not ) sure<br&> I'm just so glad to be away from you<br&> And everything's a blur and I just<br&>

Smile, smile, smile, smile<br&>

When you were young <br&> The pony danced upon your face<br&> So you hit the bottle <br&> At such an early age of eight<br&>

Now everyone says ( that ) you're beautiful<br&> But that's there in the dark<br&> 'Cause when the lights come on<br&> The dogs about you bark and I just<br&>

Smile, smile, smile, smile<br&>

Album Lyrics


mine, all is mine<br&> i want it all<br&> bomb the steps i climbed to you<br&> you wanted more<br&>

after what you did to me<br&> i'm really not too sure<br&> i'm just so glad to be away from you<br&> and everything's a blur and i just...<br&>

smile, smile, smile, smile<br&>

when you were young<br&> your pony danced upon your face<br&> so you hit the bottle<br&> at the very early age of 8<br&>

now everyone says you're beautiful<br&> but that's there in the dark<br&> 'cause when the lights come on<br&> the dog's about you bark and i just<br&>

smile, smile, smile, smile<br&>

after what you did to me<br&> i'm really not too sure<br&> i'm just so glad to be away from you<br&> and everything's a blur and i just<br&>

smile, smile, smile, smile<br&>

Notes


The track "Smile" contains bass guitar played by myself-bass line written by Dennis, drums written by Dennis and played by the drum drum machine, keyboards written and played by Dennis, acoustic guitars played by myself and double-tracked vocals by myself.<br&>

Of all the songs we have released commercially this one and and "Play In The Clouds " (off of "The Last Hard Men" LP) are the only ones to contain a scream courtesy of myself. Back in the day my scream was a trademark of mine in a lively stage setting. Once then at a place called O'Cayz Corral in Madison, Wisconsin a "fan" came up to me (on the sidewalk outside the club) after a particularly spectacular show and told me that his brother could do my scream better than me. How sweet, deluded and loving some fans can be.<br&>

In essence this song is about possession, betrayal, regret and ultimately freedom. The verse melody is beautiful and flowing, the chorus is full of tension and in the end there is a primal scream release. All of the steps in the song refer to the steps I climbed to her apartment. The "Everthing's a blur" lyric refers to a comment a girl made about a club we played in Milwaukee between 1980 and 1982 called The Starhip. She said "The Starhip's a blur to me". I've always loved performing and singing this song. There isn't another song of mine like it. The "Everyone says you're beautiful" lyric refers to something the girl in this song said to me. She looked at me once and said "You're so beautiful". It is something I will always remember. So you see words and alas even a smile do make a difference.<br&>