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.

Lyrics:

(Musixmatch)

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”

Oh-oh-oh-oh

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

Oh-oh-oh-oh

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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