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Words & Music by J. Will Callahan & Lee S. Roberts - 1917
G            E7 A7 D7 G
-            C#dim D         C#7 Em7       A7 D7
G            E7 A7 D7 G
D           C#7 Em7     D#dim Em7  F#m   Em7  A7 D7
D7 - - -           Am7  D7
G - - -                    Gm
B7 - Em -
A7 Em7       A7 D7        Cm6 D7
G7 - - -
C - - -
A#dim - G -
D7        Am7 -            D7 G -  (D7 to chorus)
8-beat intro.  Play 4-beats for each cell, reading from left to right.
Dearie, now I know just what makes me love you so,
Just what holds me and enfolds me in its golden glow;
Dearie, now I see 'tis each smile so bright and free,
For life's sadness turns to gladness when you smile on me;
There are smiles that make us happy,
There are smiles that make us blue;
There are smiles that steal away the teardrops,
As the sunbeams steal away the dew;
There are smiles that have a tender meaning,
That the eyes of love alone may see,
And the smiles that fill my life with sunshine,
Are the smiles that you give to me.
Listen to Jim play "Smiles" on the plectrum banjo (mp3)
Listen to the Oakland Banjo Band play "Smiles" (mp3)

Arranged by Jim Bottorff
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