THE SMILE
 
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There are prople you can understand exactly what they mean,
By their smile, by their smile,
And others that you can't make out and nothing seem to glean,
By their smile, by their smile.
There's the friend who tries to bluff you as he tells a clever lie,
Or another who will nudge his pal and 'wink the other eye!'
You're going to lend them twenty five, when suddenly you spy,
That they smile, such a smile.

Chorus: Such smiles as that you can't forget when once they have been seen.
You understand immediately, exactly what they mean,
When they ask you for a shilling you declare that you're not willing,
And you smile, such a smile.

Have you ever seen a tough with a girl upon his arm?
Don't he smile, don't he smile,
He'll shove her in the jaw for love and don't she take it calm,
See her smile, see her smile.
See 'em down at Piccadilly, there's Marie and rorty Ted.
See 'em in a swing, devouring chips with fish and bread
And if the works go wrong and Ria comes down on her hand,
Don't he smile, don't he smile.

Chorus: Such smiles as that you can't forget when once they have been seen.
You understand immediately, exactly what they mean,
But if instead of Ria, it is Ted who comes a flyer,
Don't he smile, don't he smile.

When a dirty gutter urchin spots an old gent drop a coin,
Don't he smile, don't he smile,
And when he grabs it up and murmurs, 'Now I'll cut a shine,
Mark his smile, see him smile,
Then he ponders for a moment, gives a knowing kind of wink.
'Shall I speculate or save it?' you can almost hear him think.
He spins it up, well heads or tails? Hard luck, it's down the sink
Then don't he smile, what a smile.

Chorus: Such smiles as that you can't forget when once they have been seen.
You understand immediately, exactly what they mean,
You can't hear what he mutters but you guess the word he utters,
By his smile, what a smile.

When a fellow asks his sweetheart and she names the happy day,
Don't he smile, don't he smile,
And on a pleasant honeymoon he carries her away,
With a smile, such a smile,
For one long year they've married been and never had a row,
He a loving husband, she true to her marriage vow,
And when the nurse says, 'It's all right, sir, you're a father now,
Don't he smile, what a smile.

Chorus: Such smiles as that you can't forget when once they have been seen.
You understand immediately, exactly what they mean,
When she says they're just like you, sir, Why, don't you know there's two, sir.
Don't he smile, what a smile.

 
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Written and composed by Alfred J. Morris & George le Brunn - 1892
Performed by Vesta Tilley (1864-1952)
From monologues.co.uk Music Hall Lyrics Collection
 
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