Who Sang Smile? Peter Hammill

Peter Hammill In a Foreign Town cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1988
Genre: Rock
Style: Alternative Rock/Art Rock/Prog Rock
length: 5:19
Some other versions of "Smile"

The jokes are everywhere,
the secret deal's complete -
Money talks, some good advice,
the politicians run like clockwork mice,
all fits the masterplan.
A database on the telephone
and cable sunshine floods your home -
so, times are good ?
Fat cats get fatter day by day,
those who sit it out will make their way,
so things can't be that bad.

Ooh, a smile has set upon this land,
ooh, a selfish grin of ignorance;
Ooh, you simply have to play the game.
The joke's on us:
this is more and more ridiculous.
Everything's great,
objectivity taboo;
self-satisfaction pumping up
minor achievements to cover up
all the failures and mistakes
and if you don't smile along
you're a public enemy, you don't belong...
The black lists are in the mail.
There isn't any room for doubt,
we'll all be equal when we share it out
but outsiders will get nothing.
(Original German text by H Gronemeyer,
translated P Hammill)

CD 1
  • 1 Hemlock
  • 2 Invisible Ink
  • 3 Sci-Finance (Revisited)
  • 4 This Book
  • 5 Time to Burn
  • 6 Auto
  • 7 Vote Brand X
  • 8 Sun City Night Life
  • 9 The Play's The Thing
  • 10 Under Cover Names
  • 11 Smile
  • 12 Time to Burn (instrumental)

  • Release information
    label: Fie! Records
    country(area): United Kingdom
    format: CD
    barcode: 5020667090829
    script: Latin