Smile

by Lily Allen

Duration:
3:16
Released:
Jul 03, 2006
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Lyrics for Smile by Lily Allen:

Verse 1
When you first left me, I was wanting more
But you were fucking that girl next door, what'cha do that for?
When you first left me, I didn't know what to say
I've never been on my own that way, just sat by myself all day

Pre Chorus
I was so lost back then
But with a little help from my friends
I found a light in the tunnel at the end
Now you're calling me up on the phone
So you can have a little whine and a moan
And it's only because you're feeling alone

Chorus
At first, when I see you cry
Yeah, it makes me smile, yeah, it makes me smile
At worst, I feel bad for a while
But then I just smile, I go ahead and smile

Verse 2
Whenever you see me, you say that you want me back
And I tell you it don't mean jack, no, it don't mean jack
I couldn't stop laughing, no, I just couldn't help myself
See, you messed up my mental health, I was quite unwell

Pre Chorus
I was so lost back then
But with a little help from my friends
I found a light in the tunnel at the end
Now you're calling me up on the phone
So you can have a little whine and a moan
And it's only because you're feeling alone

Chorus
At first, when I see you cry
Yeah, it makes me smile, yeah, it makes me smile
At worst, I feel bad for a while
But then I just smile, I go ahead and smile

Bridge
La-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la
La-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la
La-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la

Chorus
At first, when I see you cry
Yeah, it makes me smile, yeah, it makes me smile
At worst, I feel bad for a while
But then I just smile, I go ahead and smile
At first, when I see you cry
Yeah, it makes me smile, yeah, it makes me smile
At worst, I feel bad for a while
But then I just smile, I go ahead and smile

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Song Facts

“Smile” was Lily’s debut single from her debut album Alright Still with B sides “Cheryl Tweedy” and “Absolutely Nothing”. The track reached number one in the UK singles chart and remained there for two weeks.

The song is about a woman’s anger towards a cheating ex-boyfriend. Initially she is heartbroken, and describes how the feeling of hurt, and longing turn into anger, bitterness and a thirst for revenge. Eventually she enjoys seeing him alone and desperate in the same way that she once felt.

The lyrics suggest heavily that the song may be about Lily’s ex-partner DJ Lester Lloyd and the controversial music video, directed by Sophie Muller, removes any doubt as a DJ character is cast as the protagonist.

Throughout the video Lily arranges for him to be beaten up, spiked with laxatives and his home invaded while Lily smiles.

However Lily has never admitted the link between the fictional character and her ex-partner, and Lloyd claims he never cheated on Lily.

The track is built on a sample from the Soul Brothers 1960’s “Free Soul”

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