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SMILE

SMILE
Smile, for the experience is here
Smile
Wash away your tears today, smile

And if you find time
And if you find time
Smile

I pick up all the pieces that I left lying around
I cast them to the wind, yeah
There is no sound
Instinct, revelation
Your life starts here
And how many tomorrows can I see

In the cauldron of worn ideas
How many might follow this lost feeling
Instincts, revelation
Your life stops here
And how many tomorrows can you see

I pick up all the pieces that I left lying around
I cast them to the wind, yeah
There is no sound
Instincts, revelation
Your life starts here
And how many tomorrows can I see

Smile
Smile
Smile

So let me take you there
They’re going to strip you bare

Smile, for the experience is here
Smile
And if you find time
And if you find time
Smile

I pick up all the pieces that I left lying around
I’ve cast them to the wind, yeah
There is no sound
Instinct, revelation
Your life starts here
And how many tomorrows can I see

Smile
Smile
Smile

So let me take you there
They’re going to strip you bare

Smile, for the experience is here
Smile
Wash away your fears today, smile

And if you find time
If you find time
Smile

I pick up all the pieces that I left lying around
I’ve cast them to the wind, yeah
There is no sound
Instinct, revelation
Your life starts here
And how many tomorrows can I see

I pick up all the pieces that I left
Pick up all the pieces that I left
I pick up all the pieces that I left lying around
I’ve cast them to the wind, yeah
There is no sound

Words by T. Bickers / A. Richardson.
The intellectual property of this song is copyright ℗ 1992 Rough Trade Recordings Ltd.

Music and lyrics by T. Bickers / A. Richardson.
This arrangement by The Bastard Sons of Dennis.

Recorded, engineered, mixed and mastered at Wud Records Studio One 2011.

Copyright © Wud Records 2011.
Copyright ℗ Rough Trade Recordings Ltd. 1992.

Graphic design by Blueprint Studios.

Performers:
Q. Wim Lijkkes – vocals, acoustic guitar
Yuri Nation – acoustic guitar

Fun Facts:
* Smile was one of the earliest Bastard Sons of Dennis songs.
* It first came to light in their sand dune sessions on Exmouth beach in the summer of 1994.
* Smile was first performed live by the duo at The Cavern in Exeter that same summer.
* In their one-off spontaneous 1998 session, the Bastard Sons of Dennis played Smile again, with Scott providing the high ostinato on balalaika and Yuri on bass.
* The song originally appeared on the 1992 Levitation album Need For Not, released by Rough Trade.
* Terry Bickers of the band Levitation and Q. Wim were at university together and collaborated on a number of musical delights, including this, in a band called Plastic Snatch.
* Plastic Snatch famously used the audio from the “Look after your plastic!” public information campaign, which was very well known at the time, to begin their shows.
* Yuri was completely unaware of the band Levitation.
* He created his own lead guitar parts independently, having never heard the original recording, until this track was about to be released.
* There are three consecutive guitar solos towards the end of the song, capturing the way the duo performed it live.
* Yuri takes the first and third solos and Q the middle one.


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