In the final scene of [Modern Times] Charlie and the gamine set off down the road to a new life.
When they get up off the grass verge to go, he pauses and points to the corners of his mouth, indicating that she should smile.
The film soundtrack is only instrumental, but the Turner and Parsons lyrics must have been inspired by this scene.
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
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’ll just
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