Charlie Chaplin – Smile Piano Sheet Music
“Smile” is a song composed by Charlie Chaplin with lyrics added later by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons. It was originally from the soundtrack to Charlie Chaplin’s film Modern Times (released in 1936) where it accompanies a montage of scenes of workers trying to keep up with rapidly changing technology.
Before Charlie Chaplin composed the music, the song had already been written. Charlie gave it a new twist and made it famous. The lyrics were added afterwards by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons. Charlie initially objected to the inclusion of lyrics, but eventually went with his wife Oona’s suggestion that he record it with them… Charlie later remembered, “It was a jolly little tune I whistled as I walked along the street one day. A passer-by complimented me on it and asked whether I had written it myself. ‘Yes,’ I replied.” Charlie’s response initiated a chain of events that led to Charlie being offered a contract to compose music for films, instead Charlie said he felt he lacked the necessary training and ability to write “good” music. Charlie agreed, however, that his wife’s brother, Sydney Chaplin (who had previously arranged music for Charlie), should be asked to orchestrate the songs Charlie wanted to use in his films. Charlie decided that his musical abilities would be best used “to provide continuity and give atmosphere” to his films. Charlie recalled that he had been nervous about composing “Smile”: Charlie was finally persuaded when the wife of director Henry Pym, on whose film Charlie was working as a dialogue director, suggested Charlie compose the music for it… Charlie spent three days of intense work setting “Smile” to his own lyrics.