"Underneath This Smile" as written by and John/dioguardi Shanks....
What I'm standing on is sinking in
And I don't have a clue how to get off of it
But when I look at you there is hope
Cause I can see the sadness steal our eyes
You need to read between the lines
You could be the one to hold me when I want to cry

Underneath this smile my world is slowly caving in
All the while I'm hanging on 'cause that is all I know
Could you be the one to save me
From every bad habit that has helped me dig this hole I've been hiding down for miles
Underneath this smile, yeah

I have walked this Earth with broken bones
I've been keeping secrets under all these lies
But when you're around my defenses go
And you don't let me run away from you
You don't let me twist and turn the truth
It feels as if I'm naked while you're standing in the room

Underneath this smile my world is slowly caving in
All the while I'm hanging on instead of letting go
Could you be the one to save me
From every bad habit that has helped me dig this hole I've been hiding down for miles
Underneath this smile, oh hey
Underneath this smile, yeah, oh yeah, hey

Underneath this smile my world is slowly caving in
All the while I'm hanging on instead of letting go
Could you be the one to save me
From every bad habit that has helped me dig this hole Underneath this smile, oh

Oh, could you be the one to save me
From every bad habit that has helped me dig this hole I've been hiding down for miles
Underneath this, underneath this
Underneath this smile, oh
What I'm standing on is sinking in


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"Underneath This Smile" as written by John Shanks Kara Dioguardi

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    General CommentNever heard this song, but the lyrics are very powerfuil. I've felt like that sometimes in my life. It's a horrible feeling, knowing that behind that smile on your face you're in so much pain, you don't know what to do anymore.
    zacsteron November 04, 2004   Link
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    General Commentyeah, i'm like you's, i've felt like that, but i dont want others worrying and pitying me and stuff, so i smile and stuff, and pretend, when really i'm miserable, it's such a depressing feeling, this songs really meaningful..
    nallakaon April 12, 2005   Link
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    General Commentshe`s feeling down&depressed but there`s just this one person she`s asking that could save her because he/she knows hil so well and can brighten her day.
    LiLVENDETTAx3on July 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIts about acting super, like your life is so simple. But its not, and you just mask it all with a sweet smile.
    cunning_specteron August 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's a beautiful song. I think it means that although someone may SEEM happy, they could be dying inside. You can't always tell how someone is feeling by looking at them. Did Hilary write this? I love it.
    blackblondie13on February 25, 2006   Link
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    General Commentreally good song, amazingly done.
    its about her being really down and low (maybe from a past breakup) and having to fake her feelings but she meets someone who sort of brightens her world and shes wondering if they could be just what she needs to get out of her sad stage.
    poetictragedyyyon April 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentTo my surprise her second albul is very good.
    I REALLY LIKE THE LYRICS
    i thought i would hate it but nah lol
    LIVELIKENOTOMRROWon August 12, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyah i agree xraelina
    Sometimes you smile and be happy just to let othe rpeople happy.
    Thats how i was when me and my boyfriend broke up.
    YAh..
    LIVELIKENOTOMRROWon August 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentPretty self explanatory I reckon. She's been hurt by something/someone bad but she doesn't want anyone to know how hurt she is so shes hiding her pain under a smile! Well thats pretty much what I reckon. Proper relate to this song sometimes! But at the moment I'm pretty darn happy! And showing it with a smile! :D :D xxxxx Love this song! LOVE HILARY DUFF! xxxxxxx
    unfabulousmeon January 13, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"Just smile... Only you feel the pain" ~ Hilary Lingae (me)

    I feel like this so much. Because so many people are happy, so you can't help but smile and assure them that you're happy but when really inside, your world is about to die.
    xraelinaon December 07, 2004   Link

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