Song-of-the-Week #16: “The Smile”

Inspired by a qi gong exercise taught to me by a Chinese woman in a church basement, called “Pulling Down Heavens”.

First draft of “The Smile” was aired as part of a bi-monthly songwriters’ meet here in C’ville. Thanks to Devon, David, Suz, Lauren, Daniel, Abe, Matt, John and Wes.

Big thanks to Colin Killalea of Klauss.for engineering this recording.

Illustration by the multiflorous Sam Gray, one of my favorite local artists.

Whenever I feel the well’s gone dry
The smile comes down from on high
The smile comes down from on high
To flow and fill me some

In seein’ a pearly sky gone grey
The smile comes to lift the day
The smile comes to lift the day
With a low, ongoing hum

Whatever may rend this life apart
The smile comes to cheer the heart
The smile comes to cheer the heart
And to sound its gentle drum

Whenever I feel the well’s gone dry
The smile comes down from on high
The smile comes down from on high
To flow and fill me some

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9 comments on “Song-of-the-Week #16: “The Smile”

  1. I loved “The Smile”. Lovely music, lovely lyrics, beautiful voice, cherished niece!

  2. Did you sing this for me? I’ll believe you did, in part. It’s a balm.
    Inching up to my birthday. Always a little stitched up and itchy. Thank you.
    Xo
    El

  3. Dear Diane,
    What an absolutely gorgeous song. Thanks for bringing such joy into my inbox.
    Glad to hear the garden’s growing.
    -Craig

  4. I just wanted to say thank you for continuing to channel and make alive such magnificently beautiful music.
    I love this song most of all.

  5. Hello! I’d forgotten this was a thing… I never received the lyrics/drawing from years back as part of subscription, I perhaps didn’t ever decide on the lyrics? If that’s the case ‘ink and needles’ is the song that always spins around my head when I think of your music :) all the best and looking forward to listening to this new track

    • Sure, David. If you’d like to send me your mailing address “Ink & Needles” will be next on the table. Thanks for your support!