Smiley
You're out in the world today
Smiley
You're all on your own
Smiley - Hey
They say you're a man today
Boy how you've grown
Yesterday there was laughter and songs to sing
Yesterday we had loving to burn
Yet today there is peace to bring
When will they learn?

Smiley
You're off to the Asian War
And we won't see you smile no more
No we won't see you smile no more
No more laughter in the air
No more laughter in the air
Feel the tension in the air
Where is love?

Smiley
You're out in the world today
Smiley
You're all on your own
Smiley - Hey
The Family said to say
Wish you were home

Smiley
You're off to the Asian War
And we won't see you smile no more
No we won't see you smile no more
No more laughter in the air
No more laughter in the air
Feel the tension in the air
Where is love?

No more laughter in the air
No more laughter in the air
Feel the tension in the air
When will they love?


Lyrics submitted by sokorny

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    My InterpretationI take this as being song about the Vietnam War. The song was released in 1969, and Australia had been involved in the war for over 5 years at that time.

    The main character, Smiley (a nickname for their sunny disposition most likely) has reached the age of adult hood and has to serve in the War (perhaps conscripted?).

    Now either the character dies in Vietnam (hence "we won't see you smile no more") or the horrors of war will change them sunny disposition forever ("No more laughter in the air").

    Either way it is a song that starts off quite cheery that turns solemn as the true theme and anti-war nature of the song evolves as the song continues.
    sokornyon April 11, 2017   Link

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