Gilbert O'Sullivan - I've Never Been Short Of A Smile Lyrics

As you know when the girl of your dreams
Doesn't seem to exist
If you want my opinion then here's what it is
Don't tell your wife she'll kill ya
And who knows maybe one day you'll wake up
And walk to the door
Where's she's waiting impatient this daughter of yours
Saying give me away dad will ya

Try proving suicide is painless
And who are those that claim this
The only way to die and to die again
As I recall I entertain an empty hall

Doesn't bother me in the slightest if a mirror's cracked
It could be that a missing screw is all it lacked
I'll walk under ladders but the funny thing is each time
I do I go flying
I've had moments when depression seemed the only cure
days when doubts were all about but now I'm sure
despite loosing battles that I know if I could win
I've never been short of a smile

As you know you can stand to attention while wiggling your toes
it's a breach of the rules but in boots I suppose
You could be forgiven
As you go into work on a Sunday
You hazard guess wasn't Sunday the one day
we all used to rest
I've never been short of smile
You cannot have your cake and eat it
But given a piece why keep it
what purpose is being served
if you leave it lying on a tray
Only to be thrown away

If invited to a party as a rule of thumb
if there's not a kitchen in it I won't come
I known that it's boring but at least you don't have to speak
You just up the heat
If there's one good thing about me then it ought to be
Even when I'm up against adversity
despite my misgivings on the shape that I'm in
I've never been short of a smile
(It's so easy to forget) (Every time you draw your breath)
(Should be hung up on the wall) (A reminder to us all)
That however much we moan
All our lives we've only one to live
To be or not to be what is it
About this phrase that gives it
A meaning so profound
That if Shakespeare were here today
I bet he'd throw it all away
Doesn't bother me the slightest if a cat is black
It could be that a pot of paint had turned him that I'll walk under ladders
but the funny thing every time I do I go flying
I've had moments when depression seemed the only cure
Days when I was burning up now I'm sure despite my resentment of the pain I was in
I've never been short of a smile

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  1. Glyn Birchall

    Brilliant words and pictures .I saw Gilbert years ago 😉😉

  2. Donna L. Carl Kuchinski

    Happy 70, incredible wonderful Gilbert!


    Yes indeed Happy Birthday Gilbert !

  3. SherwoodofRobin

    Well a new one to me this one, Gilbert has a great way of putting words together, yes a great feel good/pick me up song, love the video & pics compilation, well done & thanks for the upload.

  4. James Thomson

    Irlish (just like the album) you are so right. Gilbert is a wonderful song writer.  Aways has been :o)

  5. Irlish Donna Carl Kuchinski


  6. Melanie Winrow

    THANK YOU! I was having a STINKER of a day - nothing but tears for the last two days ... that is a brilliant song and made me smile (and the photos made me laugh). Just what the doctor ordered! :D

  7. Melanie Winrow

    Hi Donna, just to let you know that you CAN write to Gilbert (and he often seems to reply). I wrote to him as Gilbert O'Sullivan, somewhere in the Channel Islands, I guess, please Mr Postman get it to him as it's urgent ... it reached him alright! I got a reply and my dream come true. He actually lives in Jersey. I don't know his address but I just put his name and Jersey on the envelope and it DOES get there.

  8. Sonny Cannon

    Doctor G. O'Sullivan,,,, heart specialist of the highest order!!! ;^)

  9. Sonny Cannon

    Love will soothe you,, condolences to you Donna!

  10. Donna Carl Kuchinski

    THANK YOU, MOHAWK! my precious daughter died in 2012 and because of you sharing Gilbert's great music, my heart is beginning to heal....his songs are incredible...I wish I could write to him and thank him for what he's done for me....but without YOU, I'd never know all these brilliant songs....the USA never played them

  11. Halina Klama

    Ach ,,,,piękne...

  12. Halina Klama

    Bravo superrrrrrrrrrr.....!!!!

  13. Donna Carl Kuchinski


  14. kathy mccormick

    I dont know who said Gilbert doesnt write songs like he used to??? He writes as great as ever...Love this song is a "feel good" song, which everyone needs
    Thanks for posting....and as usual...thanks for taking the time to posting it
    I have been and always will be a fan ;) he is amazing

  15. Bob Shank Jr

    We could use a lot more of Gilbert's songs today like this one. He's been recording and performing like this for over 40 years and he's at least as good now as he was in the '60s. An amazing, amazing man and human being. My blessings to you through Gilbert!

  16. shay clarke

    lovely song!!

  17. RAYalized

    Happy BirthRAY! Hey, nice song Mo!
    I like this video!!!