Chris Rea - Smile





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Published on Jun 27, 2010

Chris Rea - Smile from the album Driving Home For Christmas - The Christmas EP 1988

Chris Rea Time Running Out unreleased and later completely destroyed LP slick. Magnet records 1982. After the completion of this emotional album the record company and backers felt that the content was too emotionally dark and consequently all of the tapes and artwork apart from this slick were destroyed. The lot is accompanied by 19 large professional colour transparencies depicting REA fully clothed and with guitar in a turquoise swimming pool.

The self-titled Chris Rea was released in 1981, and then Water Sign in 1983.

This "Smile" record was to be released in 82 but was "destroyed" instead.

The seller's description is puzzling, to say the least. (The songs are more like Love songs to me than "too emotionally dark")
Smile was eventually released in other albums:(B side to Love's Strange Ways, 83) (also on the 12" Ace of Hearts" mini album, 84)


1 Driving Home For Christmas Engineer – Justin Shirley-SmithProducer – Chris Rea, Jon Kelly

2 Footsteps In The Snow Producer – Chris Rea

3 Joys Of Christmas Mixed By – Chris Rea, Jon KellyProducer – Chris Rea

4 Smile Producer – Chris Rea, Dave Richards

You don't have to spend
your days in clouds
Hiding from the sun
Take a look around and see
It's not that easy for anyone

You don't have to put
that kind of stuff
On a friend like me
Or anybody else you see
So come on and smile

Rain comes falling down on everyone
Teardrops running from the sky
Too many nights are spent unspoken
Oh, dry your eyes

Cos you don't have to spend
your days in clouds
Hiding from the sun
Take a look around and see
It's not that easy
Take a look around and smile

This video has been created with respect and appreciation on Chris Rea music!

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