Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Vic Damone Lyrics


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They asked me how I knew my true love was true
I of course replied "something here inside cannot be denied"
They said "someday you'll find all who love are blind"
When your heart's on fire, you must realize smoke gets in your eyes
So I chaffed them and I gaily laughed to think they could doubt my love
Yet today my love has flown away, I am without my love

Now laughing friends deride tears I cannot hide
So I smile and say "when a lovely flame dies, smoke gets in your eyes"

(Smoke gets in your eyes, smoke gets in your eyes)





Smoke gets in your eyes

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Vic Damone's "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" tell the tale of a person in love who is convinced of the true nature of their feelings and the authenticity of their love. When questioned about the legitimacy of their emotions, they respond assuredly that they just "know" - that something inside them simply cannot be denied. When presented with the counterargument that love can be blinding, the singer merely laughs it off.


However, as time passes and their lover departs, leaving them alone and heartbroken, they find themselves mocked by friends for their inability to conceal their pain. Nevertheless, they smile through their tears and acknowledge that when a once-bright flame flickers out, its final embers produce a thick haze of smoke that can be overwhelming and almost unbearable.


As a whole, the song speaks to the powerful, often unpredictable nature of love and how it can leave us grasping for meaning and comfort in the face of heartbreak. Despite the clarity and certainty with which we believe ourselves to love and be loved in return, the whims of fate can just as easily cast us into darkness and spare us little mercy.


Line by Line Meaning

They asked me how I knew my true love was true
I was asked how I could tell that my love was truly genuine


I of course replied "something here inside cannot be denied"
I responded by saying that I just knew in my heart that it was undeniable


They said "someday you'll find all who love are blind"
Others warned me that eventually all lovers become blinded by their emotions


When your heart's on fire, you must realize smoke gets in your eyes
I later learned that when one is consumed by passionate love, they become blinded by the smoke that love can create


So I chaffed them and I gaily laughed to think they could doubt my love
I brushed off their warning and confidently laughed at the idea that my love could be doubted


Yet today my love has flown away, I am without my love
However, my love has now left me and I find myself alone without them


Now laughing friends deride tears I cannot hide
Now, the same people who laughed at me before mock me as I struggle to hide my sadness


So I smile and say "when a lovely flame dies, smoke gets in your eyes"
I try to brush off their mockery and tell them that when a once beautiful love ends, it can lead to tears and blindness


(Smoke gets in your eyes, smoke gets in your eyes)
The phrase 'smoke gets in your eyes' is repeated to emphasize the idea that love can make one blind to the reality of the situation




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Otto Harbach, Jerome Kern

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