"When Smokey Sings" as written by Martin Fry and Mark White....
Debonair lullabies in melodies revealed
In deep despair or lonely nights
He knows just how you feel
The slyest rhymes, the sharpest suits
In miracles made real

Like a bird in flight on a hot sweet night
You know you're right just to hold her tight
He soothes it right, makes it out of sight
And every thing's good in the world tonight

When smokey sings, I hear violins
When smokey sings, I forget everything
As she's packing her things
As she's spreading her wings
The front door might slam
But the back door it rings
And smokey sings, he sings

Elegance in eloquence for sale or rent or hire
Should I say yes, I match his best
Then I would be a liar
Symphonies soothe the rage
When lovers hearts catch fire

Like a bird in flight on a hot sweet night
You know you're right just to hold her tight
He soothes it right, makes it out of sight
And every thing's good in the world tonight

When smokey sings, I hear violins
When smokey sings, I forget everything, yeah
As she's packing her things
As she's spreading her wings
Smashing the hell
With the heaven she brings
Then smokey sings, he sings
(But if he couldn't sing)

Luther croons
Sly's the original, originator
James screams
Marvin was the only innovator
But nothing can compare, nothing can compare
When smokey sings

When smokey sings, I hear violins
When smokey sings, I forget everything
As she's packing her things
As she's spreading her wings
She threw back the ring
When smokey sings
Smokey sings
Smokey sings


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"When Smokey Sings" as written by Martin David Fry Mark Andrew White

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    General CommentI think this song is about Smokey Robinson. This was ABC's last big hit.
    DarkPooon May 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about Smokey Robinson. This was ABC's last big hit.
    DarkPooon May 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretationi thing a great song like this warrants more comments than just 2?....

    the lyrics and music are exceptional

    smokey's voice does have a special quality:

    just to hold her soothes it right
    makes it out of sight
    and everything's good in the world tonight
    when Smokey sings I hear violins
    when Smokey sings I forgot everything

    i'm sure this song is doing well on it-tunes
    superalgorithmon December 21, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI should add that the synthesizer is best heard when you are stoned and surrounded with beautiful leggy hotties (<25) from Europe and south America in south beach in the early 1990s.....with a $100k sound system playing full blast ...u can feel the bass + gorgeous women ...step outside to moonlight and quiet ocean waves ...= ultra sensual ......makes u wonder why that place became so popular
    superalgorithmon December 21, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song is about Smokey the bear and his magnificent singing voice. Also, we hear interesting tidbits of information like how Lex Luthor used to be a crooner before becoming a supervillain, Sly Cooper was the original originator and Marvin The Martian was the only innovator. Whatever that means. It's a pretty catchy song and I love playing it on my iPod. 80s music in general needs more love.
    CanzetYoteon March 04, 2015   Link

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