"Paid To Smile" as written by and Evan Dando....
Could you see your way clear
And arrange your eyes away from mine?
Sorry I'm here
But you get paid, get paid to lie
You get paid to smile

Would you really say hello
And let me carry my own guitar
And please don't hold the door?
I can work the handle on any car
It's really not that hard

Smile, paid to smile
Smile, paid to smile

The cigarette girl took off her tray
And dropped her dress in a shiny pile
Pulled her pants up on her way
When she gets home, she'll laugh a while
She gets paid to smile


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"Paid To Smile" as written by Evan Dando


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    General CommentIts about being a celebrity and how fake everyone is to them.If they were'nt famous and would people really open the door for you or get as many women?
    realcoolhandon February 27, 2008   Link
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    General Commentno it's actually about the different music managers and promoters he deals with on the road. The dudes are always trying to carry his guitar and open the door for him...he knows they are insinsere, and later he compares them to cigarette girls...pretty funny.
    soonerxiion May 25, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song always kind of reminded me of Holden Caufield. Great song about people being nice to you in an insincere way.
    sydbarrett5on June 28, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI always loved the line about being able to "work the handle on any car; it's really not that hard." Juliana Hatfield ruins the ending of it -- wish Dando hadn't made the decision to include her high-pitched grating voice -- but the rest of the song is melodically nice.
    Bluewaveson October 13, 2010   Link
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    General Commentabout a prostitute?
    allaboutkubrickon April 19, 2006   Link

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