"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 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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    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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    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
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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
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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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    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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    General CommentSmoke blurs one's vision and causes tears.. So does love. And so the song goes like this.. " They said someday you'll find,
    All who love are blind, Oh, when your heart's on fire, You must realize, Smoke gets in your eyes."
    Love is blind and we tend to overlook the flaws in the relationship, as if there's a smoke screen.. we just follow our feelings, instead of perceiving things for what they are. And like the illusion that we pretend it to be, it will bring sorrow and tears in our eyes when we have to face the reality that the love relationship will not work..
    "When a lovely flame dies, Smoke gets in your eyes." when that lovely illusion ends, and one has to face the bitter truth that the love is not meant to last , then you realize that Love is like the smoke that blinds you and causes you tears of sorrow.." it's a very poignant song.. an all time classic..
    jambapandaon June 20, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationI think the song is about when you fall in love you can be blinded by the emotions of the heart, by the actual act of falling in love. That's the "smoke gets in your eyes" of the first part of the song. The second part of the song when he sings "smoke gets in your eyes" is different. It's the love that caused the blindness in the beginning dying out and therefore probably tears.
    dizzeespellon October 26, 2010   Link

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