Smile – a Charlie Chaplin cover

For this week’s Acoustic Cover I chose a song that many people know but some don’t realize who wrote it.

“Smile” is a song based on an instrumental theme used in the soundtrack for Charlie Chaplin’s 1936 film Modern Times. Chaplin composed the music, inspired by Puccini’s Tosca. John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons added the lyrics and title in 1954. In the lyrics, based on lines and themes from the film, the singer is telling the listener to cheer up and that there is always a bright tomorrow, just as long as they smile.

I hope you smile and sing along…

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