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Smoke Gets In Your Eyes – Platters

February 17, 2022

The song of the day is The Platters’ cover of “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.”

Fun Facts:

  • “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” was originally written for the 1933 musical Roberta by Otto Harbach and Jerome Kern.
  • It was so popular that just one year later, there were already four different recordings of it.
  • Kern’s publisher is the person who suggested that the Platters would be the perfect group to do a new cover of the song.
  • The Platters’ cover had an R&B sound that made it uniquely their own.
  • Harbach loved the Platters’ version. He thanked them for “reviving [his] song with taste.”
  • Kern’s widow was less impressed with it. In fact, she tried to sue to stop its distribution.
  • She stopped when she saw the song was set to sell a million copies, though.



They asked me how I knew

My true love was true

Oh-oh-oh-oh, I, of course, replied

“Something here inside

Cannot be denied” (Ooh, ooh, ooh)

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

As I gaily laughed

To think they would doubt our love

Yet today, my love has gone 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