Smile (David Gilmour song)

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David Gilmour - Smile.jpg
Single by David Gilmour
from the album On an Island
B-side "Island Jam"
Released 13 June 2006 (2006-06-13)
Genre Progressive rock, art rock
Length 4:03
David Gilmour singles chronology
"On an Island"
"Arnold Layne"
"On an Island"
"Arnold Layne"
On an Island track listing

"Smile" is a single by guitarist and vocalist David Gilmour, released on 13 June 2006. The song was on the UK charts for 1 week and peaked at 72.[1]


The song was first performed at Gilmour's 2001 and 2002 live shows[2][3] (and also on the accompanying DVD) where Gilmour introduced it as "This is a new one so if you are bootlegging, start your machines now." It was eventually recorded at his houseboat studio, the Astoria, for the 2006 album On an Island.[4] The song is in 3/4 time.

During the three nights at the Royal Albert Hall during his On an Island Tour in 2006, empty CD wallets bearing the Smile single cover, and a CD-sticker were left on seats of audience members who would discover them on arrival, each one bearing a unique number. The idea was to download the single from iTunes, burn it to a CD-R, place the CD shaped sticker onto the burnt CD and keep it in the wallet.[original research?]

"Island Jam" was initially available via Gilmour's website before being made more widely available.

An unmastered form of "Smile" can be heard briefly on the BBC2 show Three Men in a Boat which retraced a trip on the River Thames, and visited the houseboat.

Track list[edit]

  1. "Smile" (David Gilmour/Polly Samson) – 4:03
  2. "Island Jam" (Gilmour) - 6:33



"Island Jam"

  • David Gilmour - guitar
  • Guy Pratt - bass guitar
  • Ged Lynch - drums
  • Paul "Wix" Wickens - Hammond organ


  1. ^ "David Gilmour | Artist". Official Charts. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Manning, Toby (2006). "Which One's Pink?". The Rough Guide to Pink Floyd (1st ed.). London: Rough Guides. p. 146. ISBN 1-84353-575-0. 
  3. ^ Schaffner, Nicholas (2005). "Afterword – High Hopes". Saucerful of Secrets: The Pink Floyd Odyssey (New ed.). London: Helter Skelter. p. 326. ISBN 1-905139-09-8. 
  4. ^ Mabbett, Andy (2010). Pink Floyd - The Music and the Mystery. London: Omnibus. ISBN 9781849383707. 

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