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A Certain Smile
Johnny Mathis Lyrics


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A certain smile, a certain face
Can lead an unsuspecting heart on a merry chase
A fleeting glance can say so many lovely things
Suddenly you know why my heart sings

You love awhile and when love goes
You try to hide the tears inside with a cheerful pose
But in the hush of night exactly like a bittersweet refrain
Comes that certain smile to haunt your heart again

But in the hush of night exactly like a bittersweet refrain
Comes that certain smile to haunt your heart again

Overall Meaning

These lyrics from Johnny Mathis's song "A Certain Smile" describe the power of an attractive smile and face to capture someone's heart. The opening lines mention how a particular smile and face can lead an unsuspecting heart on a chase, indicating that the person being described is caught off guard by their feelings for this individual. The next lines express the emotional communication that can exist between two people, even before they speak. The subtle things that can be conveyed in a brief glance or through body language are enough to make a heart sing, according to the lyrics.


The song then takes a more bittersweet turn, describing how it feels to lose love. The lines "you love awhile and when love goes / you try to hide the tears inside with a cheerful pose" paint a picture of someone who is heartbroken but putting on a brave face. However, the chorus reveals that even when the person is trying to move on, a certain smile from the past can come back and haunt them at night, reminding them of what they have lost. The repetition of the final line "Comes that certain smile to haunt your heart again" emphasizes the power of memory and the emotional weight that an attractive smile can hold.


Overall, these lyrics capture the bittersweet and powerful emotions that can come with falling in and out of love, and the way that even small details like a smile can carry immense significance.


Line by Line Meaning

A certain smile, a certain face
There are specific facial expressions that can capture the attention of someone's heart.


Can lead an unsuspecting heart on a merry chase
These expressions can have a strong impact on someone's emotions, leading them on an unpredictable and exciting journey.


A fleeting glance can say so many lovely things
Even a quick look can express a multitude of positive messages.


Suddenly you know why my heart sings
When these expressions are shown to someone, it can make their heart feel lighthearted and joyful.


You love awhile and when love goes
When someone falls in love and then falls out of love,


You try to hide the tears inside with a cheerful pose
They may try to put on a happy face to hide their sadness.


But in the hush of night exactly like a bittersweet refrain
However, in the quiet moments of the night, memories of the past can come flooding back.


Comes that certain smile to haunt your heart again
That specific smile that once brought happiness can now bring back painful reminders of lost love.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Paul Francis Webster, Sammy Fain

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@ABritInThePhilippines

My late mum loved this singer and song...

@philomenapeterson1790

I just love this song. Thank you

@natanyaaberra4984

Yes. So did my mother too!

@susancave1793

Im in recovery from what i thought was the worst virus I lost my hearing. This was my Mams fav song I was born this yr. I can sing it x

@gillpowell7092

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@ofeliaperez7923

Johnny Mathis, faz parte de seleto grupo de cantores magníficos. Hoje é dificel encontrar cantores que realmente sabem cantar. Eu particularmente admiro muito Johnny Mathis. Tenho muitos discos dele.

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@mariemcclish2077

one of the best voices ever. perfect.

@PamelaKW

I think Johnny Mathis simply Amazing sorry Frank, it's Johnnys voice that's a Favorite!
I will listen always! Simply Perfection Johnny Mathis

@franciscofernandes9435

Johnny mathis is one of the best I ever heard

@rickrodrigues6148

The unique unmistakable voice of Johnny Mathis! Always sings songs with beautiful meaningful lyrics...of life's experiences! He never disappoints!

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