"Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" as written by Jerome Kern and Otto Harbach....
They asked me how I knew
My true love was true
I of course replied
Something here inside cannot be denied
They said "someday you'll find all who love are blind"
When your heart's on fire,
You must realize, smoke gets in your eyes

So I chaffed them and I gaily laughed
To think they could doubt my love
Yet today my love has flown away,
I am without my love (without my love)

Now laughing friends deride
Tears I cannot hide
So I smile and say
When a lovely flame dies, smoke gets in your eyes

(Smoke gets in your eyes, smoke gets in your eyes)

Smoke gets in your eyes


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"Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" as written by Jerome Kern Otto Harbach

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    General Commentboth of you are right.

    the first half is about how you're madly in love, and how the smoke prevents you from seeing clearly.

    then the 2nd half, your heart is broken, and now the smoke that was blocking your vision goes into your eyes and makes you start crying.
    endofsorrow92on July 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentMy thoughts on this song are as follows. Well, at the start of the song, they talk about how they knew love could be true. This is when I believe they lit the fire of love. "When a lovely flame dies, smoke gets in your eyes" for me basically means that when love fades, the fire goes out, you cry. The smoke is caused as the flame goes out, as in most cases, it does.
    The next part of the song is an explanation of why the singer has been crying, explaining that, when a lovely flame dies, smoke will get in your eyes. (Metaphoric explanation of crying)
    Dottymoscowon May 29, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIt's not about that when you're in love, smoke gets in your eyes, it's about the fact that you can only tell that you're truly in love, when 'smoke gets in your eyes'. The person who sings the song knows that he really was truly in love, afterwards.
    The second part, I believe, is indeed about crying when your love's flown away.
    summermakegoodon March 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentNo, Endofsorrow92 was spot on. First it blinds you, then it makes you cry
    mushroomfaton October 09, 2008   Link
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    My OpinionYes, this song is beautifully song by The Platters. Thus, I really hate to spoil everyone's believable meaning or interpretation for this song but, I have my own version of it which is totally off from others. Partially because I know mostly family members in my childhood and many friends that do smoke, and so therefore I am an anti-smoker/user. This is my opinion of what this song means to me or seems to imply given in their words whenever I hear it.

    I believe this song is meant for the smokers only and how they deeply feel about their smoking products itself, their smoking habits, and their devoted love for their smoking practices or zealous selfish reasons. The smokers and their love for the products are somewhat considered an inseparable pair. One person can not go without the other half indubitably or live without it almost indefinitely.

    Yes smoke does gets in your eyes by hurting it which makes you somewhat teary eyes, visions unclear, and hard to focus. Smokers have a very strong profound affection for its many altered uses and how it delivers the affects to them inside medically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. So whenever they are at the end of each smoke, it briefly expires to be later extinguished. So their love duration is temporarily being put out of commission for the time being. Until theoretically, they are at the mercy for that next undeniable and selfish uncontrollable urge. This monotonous irresistible smoke craving is so believed to be utterly ridiculous and completely ludicrous to oneself and among others.

    1brightdayon September 30, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHey man, you're head over heels, but "love" clouds your judgement. A heart a-flame in love causes smoke to get in your eyes and therefore not see things rationally.

    Ha, don't worry I know what I'm doing.

    Oops she left me.

    And now you're all saying "I told you so" and mocking me for crying.

    And my response is: I'm crying because it was such an intense love and now it's gone. I had the fire of love, which is now put out, and causing smoke to get in my eyes which is the cause of my tears.

    So, as the famous poem by Tennyson says: 'tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all.
    Mondo9000on June 03, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell, this song's meaning is self explanatory I guess. But it took me years to understand what does the line "smoke gets in your eyes" mean.
    One day I was smoking. I was a novice smoker then, so accidentally the smoke got into my eyes. and then my tears came out.
    then only i understood.
    when a lovely flame dies, you'll cry.
    :p
    BeaNoraon September 04, 2002   Link
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    General Comment...That's not the meaning.
    It's about how when you fall in love, you may think it's true love, but there's a good chance that it's not because love blinds you (smoke getting in your eyes).

    Favorite song of all time. I'm almost in tears every time I read The Catcher in the Rye, and this song plays at the end.
    Theo Reoon September 29, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo, Endofsorrow92 was spot on. First it blinds you, then it makes you cry
    mushroomfaton October 09, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the last verse of the song will explain everything...

    "When a lovely flame dies,
    Smoke gets in your eyes."
    bear_hug20on May 05, 2009   Link

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