"Make Me Smile" as written by and J. Pankow....
Children play in the park, they don't know
I'm alone in the dark, even though
Time and time again I see your face smiling inside

I'm so happy
That you love me
Life is lovely
When you're near me
Tell me you will stay
Make me smile

Living life is just a game so they say
All the games we used to play fade away
We may now enjoy the dreams we shared so long ago

Oh my darling, got to have you. Feel the magic when I hold you
Cry sweet tears of joy, touch the sky

Now I need you more than ever. No more crying - we're together
Tell me you will stay. Make me smile


Lyrics submitted by Demau Senae

"Make Me Smile" as written by J. Pankow

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    General CommentNice song... I like it. To be honest, I've never actaully heard the recorded version, but we're playing it in jazz band. It's definitely cool. You really gain more respect for a song after you try to play it, LOL. "Try" is the key word here... *sighs*
    Wishkreson October 05, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, it was the first song on "Overtime" Living life is just a game so they say all the games we used to play fade away, we may now enjoy the dreams we shared so long ago... Maybe meaning that the love is back again and implying magic, also end...
    pacsun2871on May 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat, happy love song...love it.
    y2doggyon May 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song makes me smile. =) i so dig the horn part in the middle. i wanna play it in jazz band!
    stephibabyon May 08, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI used to think it was about a pedaphile but now i realize it's just about this stalker of a mother.
    kfe2on February 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentShould be enjoyed as a suite of tracks - Wake Up Shineshine, Make Me Smile, So Much To Say, So Much To Give, Anxiety's Moment, West Virginia Fantasies, Colour My World, To Be Free and Now More Than Ever.
    A beautiful statement of love.
    Sunnyhillon January 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe entire "Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon" suite shows off James Pankow's amazing composing abilities, but more so in the "Make Me Smile" suite.
    Mattbluhalofanon July 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe opening lyrics aside (and perhaps the line about being "alone in the dark" was ill-advised in hindsight), the "Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon" that this song opens and closes is in reference to a girl James Pankow knew in Buckhannon (record label mistake), West Virginia. I would surmise that the opening lines are meant to signify how he is separated from his love due to the extensive touring schedule of the group (this was written largely from hotel room to hotel room as the band spent 300+ days a year on the road) and all he can do is go for a walk in the park when he gets a chance to rest, and think about the girl even though they can't be together. Even though they do seemingly end up together in "Now More Than Ever," in real life the girl ended up marrying someone else and living a separate life.
    HoosierInOKon February 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI absolutely LOVE this track! Whenever it comes over the car radio I crank it up to full volume... because IT MAKES ME SMILE!

    I think it's about a man who misses the woman he loves because she has died. When he feels lonely and sad he closes his eyes to think of her intently. As the trials of life continue to plague him, this is his only remaining source of joy. Living and thinking in this world (like the children he's watching are doing) just doesn't do anything for him anymore. But when he closes his eyes and recalls how much he loved her... how much she loved him, he is lifted emotionally and spiritually to a higher plane of existence and he can "cry sweet tears of joy... touch the sky!". It's Heaven!
    RayManon September 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIn this case, the lyrics are fine...very simple and straight forward. The music is just freaking amazing. From the first stacatto note, it is a masterpiece.

    Once again, nobody could sing it like Terry could.
    fiamikeon January 25, 2009   Link

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