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Old 13-02-2013, 12:39
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Hi. Recently I've been searching for an old song which I think is called Smile. It's a pop song with a British style, very much like The Beatles'. Its time signature is 4/4, and when the singer starts to sing, his first word is "Smile..." (the rest I can't remember) while something like these chords are played: Fmaj (4 beats) - Fmaj (4 beats) - Cmaj (4 beats) - Cmaj (4 beats) - Dm (4 beats) - Dm (4 beats) - B♭maj (4 beats) - B♭m (4 beats), and now the singer says something like "All I wanna do-o-o-o-o is smile, all I wanna do", while these chords are played (starting with do-o-o-o-o): Fmaj (4 beats) - Gmaj (2 beats) - Cmaj (2 beats) - Fmaj.

Nonetheless, I'm Spanish and I listened to that song when I was a child, so I'm not sure about the lyrics. They could be any phonetic combination that sounds similar, and the only thing I'm pretty sure about is that it says "smile".

I looked in Wikipedia, YouTube and Google and I couldn't find it. I also searched for Cliff Richard, since it sounds to me like one of his songs, but I got no result. I find it pretty strange, since I'm sure it's a famous song, so I must be missing something. Any clue?

(Note: if this information is not enough, I also remember part of the melody; I could make a midi file).
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Old 13-02-2013, 12:42
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Could be the Bee Gees - Words

'Smile, an everlasting smile...' etc
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Old 13-02-2013, 12:59
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No, it's not Words; the tempo is faster and the song is more lively than this song's. What I'm searching is more like an ESC song. Also, maybe the chords I remember are a transposition of the real chords, but the relationship between them and the type of chords are correct, and different from Word's (Gmaj - Gmaj - Amaj - Amaj - Dmaj - Dmaj - etc.)

But thank you, anyway.
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Old 13-02-2013, 13:09
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any idea of the year? styles changed so much, it might help us...

ps im non musical, so those identified notes doesnt help me...lol
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Old 13-02-2013, 13:16
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I have no idea about the year, but I could swear it's from somewhere between the late sixties and the early seventies.
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Old 13-02-2013, 13:19
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maybe it wasnt a hit here in the uk if you heard it in spain...
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Old 13-02-2013, 13:22
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One from the 90s (but with a 60s feel) - The Supernaturals - Smile ?
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Old 13-02-2013, 13:38
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Lily Allen - Smile
Avril Lavigne - Smile
Nat King Cole - Smile
Michael Jackson - cover of NKC

Any of these?
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Old 13-02-2013, 13:41
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the obvious one is Smile by Nat King Cole

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9wA-bOBHuA

I imagine there are dozens of other versions of the song, so maybe you heard it by someone else ?

ps.........don't understand all that chord stuff...........
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Old 13-02-2013, 13:45
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Interestingly the music for 'Smile' was written by Charlie Chaplin in the 1930s

Words were added later (1950s) for Nat King Cole
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Old 13-02-2013, 15:05
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Thank you very much, but it's none of those you showed. I made a midi with the part I remember. It's more or less like this:

http://yourlisten.com/channel/conten...ossible_title)

Sorry for the inaccuracy; I did it in a few minutes.

I hope it helps.
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Old 13-02-2013, 17:39
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Thank you very much, but it's none of those you showed. I made a midi with the part I remember. It's more or less like this:

http://yourlisten.com/channel/conten...ossible_title)

Sorry for the inaccuracy; I did it in a few minutes.

I hope it helps.
theres an air of familiarity about that, you might just get it id'd.

it was a group like the beatles, yeah?
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Old 13-02-2013, 18:00
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The music sounds like a group, but only with one singer.
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Old 13-02-2013, 18:07
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The music sounds like a group, but only with one singer.
so a guitar group with a male lead... yes?
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Old 13-02-2013, 18:42
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Yes, but I'm not sure. I just remember to have listened to it in a single that came as a gift with a bottle of whisky that my father bought. I think there were brasses, too.
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Old 14-02-2013, 01:27
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I've talking with my brother, and he remembers that the song was in a side B of a single whose side A was Delilah, by Tom Jones. It was from a collection called "Sorpresa" (Surprise) and it came with a bottle of brandy Fundador (http://www.bodegasfundadorpedrodomec...y/terryen.html).
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Old 14-02-2013, 09:40
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Funnily enough I was searching for records to help out with this and I came across a Tom Jones one..............I'll try and find it again !
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Old 14-02-2013, 09:42
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Here's the Tom Jones song 'Smile'...........

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoUcoMT7Zjk
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Old 14-02-2013, 13:09
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If that's the right song I'm surprised that anyone would remember it for years.................

Compared to some of Tom's great records like 'It's Not Unusual' and 'She's a Lady'.....even 'Delilah'........that Smile one is eminently forgettable...........

I do note that several of the comments on YouTube are in Spanish.............maybe it appealed more to the Spanish speaking world ?
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Old 14-02-2013, 14:18
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I've talking with my brother, and he remembers that the song was in a side B of a single whose side A was Delilah, by Tom Jones. It was from a collection called "Sorpresa" (Surprise) and it came with a bottle of brandy Fundador (http://www.bodegasfundadorpedrodomec...y/terryen.html).
Smile was the B-side of Delilah when Delilah was first released as a single.

Why it came with a bottle of brandy is a mystery, though.
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Old 14-02-2013, 18:30
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Thank you! Yes, that's the song. My brother also did found the song and the single cover: http://www.secondhandlps.de/pix_psin...delilah_si.jpg

Certainly it's not one of the best songs of Tom Jones, but I had it hidden in my mind since I was a child. You may be right, probably it was more successful in Spain.

And my brother told me that we were wrong, it didn't come with a bottle of brandy. That was another one of the singles we had.

"All you gotta do is smile and the world smiles too". Hehe.
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Old 17-02-2013, 15:45
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By the way, my brother searched for the song lyrics in internet and couldn't find them. I know that this song is not precisely your favourite, but I'd love to have the lyrics, and so does my brother. As I told you, I'm Spanish and my spoken English is far from perfect; I understand most of the song, but there are some parts I can't.

This is my personal transcription:

Smile, (or we are blue) (?), I let the sun come shining through,
There's no need to cry, let the clouds roll on by,
All you gotta do is smile and the world smiles too.

Smile, and you will find you leave your troubles way behind,
Laugh and you will see you could be happy with me,
All you gotta do is smile and the world smiles too.

Laugh with me now and I'll show you just how
I love you.
Smile (pretty baby) (?) you,
Smile and let the whole world smile with you... Yeah!

Smile, (or we are blue) (?), I let the sun come shining through,
There's no need to cry, just let the clouds roll on by,
All you gotta do is smile and the world smiles too.
(Yes!)
All you gotta do is smile and the world smiles too.
(Oh!)
All you gotta do is smile and the world smiles too.
(Wooh!)
All you gotta do is smile and the world smiles too.

Will a kind soul correct and complete this transcription? We'd be very grateful.
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Old 17-02-2013, 18:18
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I've made a couple of corrections to the parts I'm less sure about, and now they make a little more sense.

Smile, away a blue and let the sun come shining through,
(...)
Smile, pretty baby, do,
(...)

Anyway, I'm not sure if it's correct, so please check my whole transcription and let me know.

Greetings.
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Old 17-02-2013, 20:10
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I've made a couple of corrections to the parts I'm less sure about, and now they make a little more sense.

Smile, away a blue and let the sun come shining through,
(...)
Smile, pretty baby, do,
(...)

Anyway, I'm not sure if it's correct, so please check my whole transcription and let me know.

Greetings.

The seond one is correct - it's 'do'

I think the only line you haven't got quite right is the first line and the repeat of it later on............

I think it should be -

Smile away your blues and let the sun come shining through,


it does sound like 'smile away your blue' but that doesn't really make sense so it must be 'blues' ...........I think the 's' wasn't stressed to make it ryhme with 'through'

Otherwise I think you have it spot on !
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Old 17-02-2013, 20:37
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I am still surprised the OP did not know the singer was Tom Jones, who has to have one of the most distinctive singing voices ever. I know it is not his best song, but surely his voice is still more than recognisable in this song.
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