Who Sang Smile? Was (Not Was)

Was (Not Was) Born to Laugh at Tornadoes cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1983-9
length: 3:16
piano: Luis Resto
guitar: Don Was, Bob Kulick, Marshall Crenshaw and Vinnie Vincent
guest: Doug Fieger
bass drum: Don Was
synthesizer: Don Was
Some other versions of "Smile"

Lyrics
Keep your distance
I haven't got a thing to say
Where's the exit?
What time is it anyway?
You said there was gonna be a party
But I don't see a thing
Where's this happening, in your head?

Still, you better wear a smile when they watch you
Smile like you're in control
Smile like you mean it
Smile, baby, you're on a roll
Smile, smile, smile
Smile, smile, smile

What's the matter with you people?
Can't I even get a drink in here?
There's something evil going on in this place
But what it is ain't exactly clear
Everybody's making jokes in French
Nobody dances, nobody sweats
But they x-ray every inch of your flesh as you walk by

And they say you gotta smile when they watch you
Smile like you're in control
Smile like you mean it
Smile, baby, you're on a roll
Smile, smile, smile
Smile, smile, smile

Yeah, you only got to smile when they watch you
Smile like you're in control
Smile like you mean it
Smile, baby, you're on a roll
Smile, smile, smile
Smile, smile, smile
Smile, smile, smile

Tracklist
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Knocked Down, Made Small (Treated Like a Rubber Ball)
  • 2 Bow Wow Wow Wow
  • 3 Betrayal
  • 4 Shake Your Head (Let’s Go to Bed)
  • 5 Man vs. the Empire Brain Building
  • 6 (Return to the Valley of) Out Come the Freaks
  • 7 Professor Night
  • 8 The Party Broke Up
  • 9 Smile
  • 10 Zaz Turned Blue

  • Release information
    label: Geffen Records
    country(area): United States
    format: 12" Vinyl
    barcode: 075992401616
    script: Latin