The Sunshine of Your Smile
Frank Sinatra Lyrics

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Powder your face with sunshine
Put on a great big smile
Make up your eyes with laughter
Folks will be laughing with you in a little while

Whistle a tune of gladness
Gloom never was in style
The future's brighter
When hearts are lighter

Smile, smile, smile!

Overall Meaning

Frank Sinatra's The Sunshine of Your Smile is an uplifting tune that encourages listeners to find joy in life's small moments. The lyrics paint a picture of someone who is confident and happy, encouraging others to join in on the fun. Powder your face with sunshine, the first line suggests, as though to say that we should seek out the bright moments in life and revel in them. Then comes the idea of a big smile, which we should wear for all to see. The song also encourages us to "make up [our] eyes with laughter," meaning that we should view the world through a lens of humor and joy.

The second stanza continues in this vein, suggesting that we find solace in music and happiness in the simple things in life. "Gloom never was in style," the song reminds us, suggesting that negative thinking never offers anything fruitful. The song concludes by urging us to smile, smile, smile! This repetition reinforces the message of the song and is a reminder that even small, simple things like smiling can have a significant impact on our well-being and the world around us.

Line by Line Meaning

Powder your face with sunshine
Cover yourself with positivity and joy

Put on a great big smile
Wear a happy expression to show the world how joyful you are

Make up your eyes with laughter
Let your eyes shine with merriment and amusement

Folks will be laughing with you in a little while
Others will be lifted up and happy when they see how much joy you radiate

Whistle a tune of gladness
Sing a happy song to show how content you are

Gloom never was in style
Being miserable has never been trendy or fashionable

The future's brighter
The future is full of promise and hope

When hearts are lighter
When we can let go of our worries and be positive

Smile, smile, smile!
Smiling is a way to lighten the mood and bring happiness to ourselves and others


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on The Lady Is A Champ


She gets too hungry for dinner at eight
She can't eat late and stay up all night, because unlike society types, she has to get up in the morning.

She likes the theatre and never comes late
She cares more about seeing the play than being seen making an entrance.

She never bothers with people she'd hate
Her friends are friends, not social trophies.

Doesn't like crap games with barons or earls
While barrns and earls probably don't play craps, she associates with friends, not people to be seen with.

Won't go to Harlem in ermine and pearls
She doesn't "slum", the practice of the rich in the 30's, when the song was written, of touring poor neighborhoods dressed in rich clothes to "tut, tut" about the deplorable conditions, and congratulate each other for "caring about the poor"

Won't dish the dirt with the rest of the girls
Doesn't trade gossip for acceptance among an in-crowd

She likes the free, fresh wind in her hair
She cares more about how her hair feels than conforming with current hair fashions

Hates California, it's cold and it's damp
Since most of California is noticeably warmer and / or drier than New York, where the play the song was written for is set, this is probably a facetious excuse to like what she likes.

And she won't go to Harlem in Lincoln's or Ford's
Another reference to slumming, but facetious, since Lincolns and Fords were middle-class, not luxury brands when the lyric was written


on Try a Little Tenderness

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Try A Little Tenderness - Frank Sinatra - Lyrics

Oh she may be weary
Women do get wearied
Wearing that same old shabby dress
And when she’s weary
You try a little tenderness

You know she’s waiting
Just anticipating things she’ll may never possess
While she is without them
Try just a little bit of tenderness

It’s not just sentimental
She has her grieve and her care
And the words that soft and gentle
Makes it easier to bear
You wont regret it
Women don't forget it
Love is their whole happiness
And it’s all so easy
Try a little tenderness

Musical Interlude

And, it’s all so easy
Try a little tenderness


on The Way You Look Tonight

I met Frank Jr. in Las Vegas, a real gentleman. RIP you both.

Giorgi Khutashvili

on Theme from New York, New York


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