The Sunshine of Your Smile

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Original sheet music from 1913

"The Sunshine of Your Smile" was a British popular song published in London in 1913 just before the First World War by Francis, Day and Hunter. The lyrics were by Leonard Cooke and the music by Lilian Ray.[1]

Lyrics[edit]

The following lyrics are taken from the sheet music published in 1913:[1][2]

Verse 1:

Dear face that holds so sweet a smile for me,
Were you not mine, how dark the world would be!
I know no light above that could replace
Love's radiant sunshine in your dear, dear face.

Refrain:

Give me your smile, the love-light in your eyes,
Life could not hold a fairer Paradise!
Give me the right to love you all the while,
My world for ever, the sunshine of your smile!

Verse 2:

Shadows may fall upon the land and sea,
Sunshine from all the world may hidden be;
But I shall see no cloud across the sun;
Your smile shall light my life, till life is done!

Refrain:

Give me your smile, the love-light in your eyes,
Life could not hold a fairer Paradise!
Give me the right to love you all the while,
My world for ever, the sunshine of your smile!

Recordings[edit]

Below is a list of artists who have recorded the song and the recording date and record information (where known):

Listen to the song[edit]

You can use the following links to listen to "The Sunshine of Your Smile" being sung:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Sunshine of Your Smile", Sheet music, Francis, Day & Hunter, 1915.
  2. ^ Copyright Status: Leonard Cooke died on 25 May 1919, so the lyrics included in this article have been out of copyright in the UK since: 1 Jan 1990
  3. ^ a b c d e f The AHRC Research Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music. Accessed 27 Apr 2013