Smile

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"Smile"
Smile cover
Album track by Weezer
Album Weezer (The Green Album)
Released May 15, 2001
Recorded December 2000, Cello Studios, Los Angeles, California
Length 2:39
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
RC# 530
COR# 223
Producer(s) Ric Ocasek
Status Officially released
Stream Play on spotify.png Spotify
Professional reviews
Weezer (The Green Album) track listing
"Knock-down Drag-out"
(6)
"Smile"
(7)
"Simple Pages"
(8)
Rivers Cuomo song chronology
"Crab"
(RC# 529)
"Inside A Smile"
(RC# 530)
"I've Seen It Before"
(RC# 531)
This page is for the Weezer song. For the song by The Relationship, see Smile (The Relationship)

"Smile" (originally titled "Inside a Smile" and "Make It Happen") is the seventh song from The Green Album.

Appearances

Overview

"Smile" was written by Rivers Cuomo in 2000, and is first known to have been demoed (under the title "Inside a Smile") as a band at Cuomo's garage studio in Los Angeles that November. The band continued rehearsing it up until production began on The Green Album in late December.

"Smile" was one of fourteen unmastered Green session tracks leaked online prior to the album's release. The leaked version contains some repeated sections with some different lyrics to those found on the album. "Smile" was performed numerous times during the band's subsequent tours for the Green album in 2001. The song was performed six times in 2002 wherein it featured a new solo. In 2005, a piano-driven arrangement of the song was played live twice, featuring Brian Bell on lead vocals. Aside from a Snapchat video of the band rehearsing the song acoustically in 2019,[1] the song has not been performed live since 2005.

Reception

The song received a positive review from the Weezer songblog Teenage Victory Songs. It was included in the site's "Grand Playlist," a collection of songs that include Weezer's just-below-best material.

Personnel

Known recordings

Performer(s) Title Filename Date of recording Recording location Length Appeared on Notes
Weezer Inside a Smile October 27, 2000[2] 6145 Rodgerton Dr., Los Angeles, CA
Weezer Inside a Smile October 28, 2000[2] 6145 Rodgerton Dr., Los Angeles, CA
Weezer Inside a Smile October 30, 2000[2] 6145 Rodgerton Dr., Los Angeles, CA
Weezer Inside a Smile December 7, 2000[2] 6145 Rodgerton Dr., Los Angeles, CA
Weezer Inside a Smile December 21, 2000[2] 6145 Rodgerton Dr., Los Angeles, CA
Weezer Smile December 30, 2000February 10, 2001[3] Cello Studios, Los Angeles, CA 2:39 Weezer (The Green Album)
Weezer Smile October 24, 2001 The Knitting Factory, Los Angeles, CA 2:34 Reverb (TV series) Live performance
Weezer Smile WEEZER-2001-12-02-Madison10_Smile_223.mp3 December 2, 2001 Alliant Energy Center, Madison, WI 3:23 Released on weezer.com Soundboard recording
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Audio

Lyrics

Album version

Open the door and let your love come down
Over the wall you're spinning 'round and 'round
'Cause you wanted some love
I'll make it happen

'Cause I don't want to break
Your fine face I can't take
The way you wanna wrap me up inside your smile

Open your heart and let the good stuff out
Water me girl and let me ease the drought
'Cause you wanted some love
I'll make it happen

'Cause I don't want to break
Your fine face I can't take
The way you wanna wrap me up inside your smile

I can't be gone, darling
For very long, no
Never know what you're gonna do
Standing there deep in front of you
Take a look in between my eyes
Because I'm back, yeah

'Cause I don't want to break
Your fine face I can't take
The way you wanna wrap me up inside your smile

I can't be gone, darling
For very long, no
Never know what you're gonna do
Standing there deep in front of you
Take a look in between my eyes
Because I'm back, yeah

Gimme a chance if you can force yourself
Look at me girl and get up off your shelf
'Cause you wanted some love
I'll make it happen

Leaked mix

Open the door and let your love come down
Over the wall you're spinning 'round and 'round
'Cause you wanted some love
I'll make it happen

'Cause I don't want to break
Your fine face I can't take
The way you wanna wrap me up inside your smile

Open your heart and let the good stuff out
Water me girl and let me ease the drought
'Cause you wanted some love
I'll make it happen

'Cause I don't want to break
Your fine face I can't take
The way you wanna wrap me up inside your smile

I can't be gone, darling
For very long, no
Never know what you're gonna do
Standing there in the ocean blue
Take a look deep within my eyes
Because I'm back, yeah

Gimme a chance if you can force yourself
Look at me girl and get up off your shelf
'Cause you wanted some love
I'll make it happen

'Cause I don't want to break
Your fine face I can't take
The way you wanna wrap me up inside your smile

I can't be gone, darling
For very long
Never know what you're gonna do
Standing there in the ocean blue
Take a look deep within my eyes
Because I'm back, yeah

'Cause I don't want to break
Your fine face I can't take
The way you wanna wrap me up inside your smile

I can't be gone, darling
For very long
Never know what you're gonna do
Standing there in the ocean blue
Take a look deep within my eyes
Because I'm back, yeah

Gimme a chance if you can force yourself
Look at me girl and get up off your shelf
'Cause you wanted some love
I'll make it happen

See also

  1. Scott Heisel. "Weezer - Smile / King (acoustic 2019)" YouTube 8 February 2019. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMIlEqk_2rM
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Weezer Recording History - Page 12
  3. Weezer Recording History - Page 13