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"Smiling Faces Sometimes" by Undisputed Truth - 


Motown songwriters Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong wrote this.
 
This was originally recorded by The Temptations on their Sky's The Limit LP. The Temptations wanted it released as the follow-up to their #1 "Just My Imagination," but Undisputed Truth's version (from their debut LP) was selected instead.

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=2257

Both versions of "Smiling Faces Sometimes" deal with the same subject matter, "back-stabbing" friends who do their friends wrong behind their backs ("Smiling faces sometimes...they don't tell the truth...smiling faces sometimes tell lies"), but in different ways. The Temptations' original uses an arrangement similar to a haunted house film score to represent feelings of fear and timidness. Included on the 1971 Sky's the Limit album, "Smiling Faces Sometimes" runs over 12 minutes, most of which is extended instrumental passages without any vocals. An edited version was planned as the Temptations' summer 1971 single release, but this plan was dropped when lead vocalist Eddie Kendricks, frustrated by personnel problems within the group, quit the Temptations and signed a solo deal with Motown in March 1971.

Whitfield was known for recording dramatically different versions of the same song with different Motown artists, including Smokey Robinson & the Miracles' "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" (re-recorded as hit records for Gladys Knight & the Pips, and Marvin Gaye) and the Temptations' "War" (re-recorded as a hit for Edwin Starr). After Kendricks left The Temptations, an undaunted Whitfield re-recorded the song with his latest protégés, psychedelic trio Undisputed Truth. It has since been covered byBobbi HumphreyJoan OsborneRare Earth, and others.

Future Undisputed Truth singles would never make it higher than #63, a position attained by both 1972's "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" and 1974's "Help Yourself". Ironically, "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" was re-recorded by The Temptations shortly after its release, and the re-recorded version became not only a #1 pop hit, but a three-timeGrammy Award winner as well.

The O'Jays' similarly themed 1972 hit "Back Stabbers" quotes the lyrics "smiling faces, smiling faces sometimes..." in the refrain near the end of the song.

Whitfield later revisited the song for the 1973 album Ma, recorded by Motown's white rock band, Rare Earth, which he produced and wrote.

In 2013, "Smiling Faces Sometimes" was featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto V.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smiling_Faces_Sometimes
 

Billboard Top 10 Songs of 1971



1 Three Dog Night Joy To The World
2 Rod Stewart Maggie May / (Find A) Reason To Believe
3 Carole King It's Too Late / I Feel The Earth Move
4 Osmonds One Bad Apple
5 Bee Gees How Can You Mend A Broken Heart
6 Raiders Indian Reservation
7 Donny Osmond Go Away Little Girl
8 John Denver Take Me Home, Country Roads
9 Temptations Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)
10 Tony Orlando & Dawn Knock Three Times
14 Undisputed Truth Smiling Faces Sometimes
| Closed on 01/04/14 at 05:00PM
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3 Fans 
100%a. 10 (Great song)
0%b. 7-9 (Like that song)
0%c. 5-6 (ok song)
0%d. Who? What? Huh?
0%e. Who doesn't know people like this? HA!

  
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#1 | 136 days ago

(Edited by Nick__)
I've always liked this song, ever since I was a kid……….but, I had no idea what the lyrics were about until just now.  Still, good music and great song tones from the lead singer and the woman in the band.



Smiling faces sometimes pretend to be your friend
Smiling faces show no traces of the evil that lurks within
Smiling faces, smiling faces sometimes
They don't tell the truth uh
Smiling faces, smiling faces
Tell lies and I got proof

The truth is in the eyes
Cause the eyes don't lie, amen
Remember a smile is just
A frown turned upside down
My friend let me tell you
Smiling faces, smiling faces sometimes
They don't tell the truth, uh
Smiling faces, smiling faces
Tell lies and I got proof
Beware, beware of the handshake
That hides the snake
I'm telling you beware
Beware of the pat on the back
It just might hold you back
Jealousy (jealousy)
Misery (misery)
Envy

I tell you, you can't see behind smiling faces
Smiling faces sometimes they don't tell the truth
Smiling faces, smiling faces
Tell lies and I got proof

Smiling faces, smiling faces sometimes
They don't tell the truth
Smiling faces, smiling faces
Tell lies and I got proof
(Smiling faces, smiling faces sometimes)
(Smiling faces, smiling faces sometimes)
I'm telling you beware, beware of the handshake
That hides the snake
Listen to me now, beware
Beware of that pat on the back
It just might hold you back
Smiling faces, smiling faces sometimes
They don't tell the truth
Smiling faces, smiling faces
Tell lies and I got proof

Your enemy won't do you no harm
Cause you'll know where he's coming from
Don't let the handshake and the smile fool ya
Take my advice I'm only try' to school ya

10 (Great song)  
#2 | 136 days ago

Great song!!
#3 | 136 days ago

Another good song I haven't heard in a long time ..        yes
10 (Great song)  
#4 | 136 days ago

just picked it up for a buck twenty nine.....good stuff
10 (Great song)  

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