Isley Brothers, The - Behind A Painted Smile Lyrics




Whenever you're near I hide my tears
Behind a painted smile
You can't imagine the tears and sorrow
Behind a painted smile

My life's a masquerade
A world of let's pretend, dear
Since you took your love
Pretending never ends, dear

But I can't let you know
That I still need you so, no

(Darling I hide the tears that I cry)
Whenever you're near I hide my tears
Behind a painted smile
You can't imagine the tears and sorrow
Behind a painted smile

I can't let you see
All the tears I'm crying
You would pity me
That would be like dying

If I can't have your love
I don't need your sympathy

(Darling I hide the tears that I cry)
Whenever you're near I hide my tears
Behind a painted smile
You can't imagine the tears and sorrow
Behind a painted smile

My life is a masquerade
Since you took your love away

Whenever you're near I hide my tears
I just can't let you see
How much you hurting me

Whenever you're near I hide my tears
Behind a painted smile





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  1. Dee Trubshaw

    When I first heard this on radio in the late 60's, I was a teenager and had no way to find this song on record. But the first time I heard it, the line "If I can't have your love, I don't need your sympathy" made such an impression on me.
    When I started working, I became a fixture in the record shop and the Oracle found it for me. I still have it in a box of singles somewhere.

  2. Mohamed Abdullah

    The drums gave it a happy ending .

  3. Jeremy Flint

    what a fantastic unexpected end to a record!

  4. El Roo

    My dad loved this, it is rather good

  5. joseph adam

    I play this few times winter 2010 during snow storm

  6. Ad Kest

    Best guitar intro ever!

  7. Jon Francois

    This always makes me feel happy. An absolute UK monster

  8. Craig Williams

    This is an amazing song.

  9. Keith Walker

    Love it!

  10. Henry Garnett

    outstandin!!!

  11. Dean Kirby

    brilliant.

  12. Henry Garnett

    St Ives oldies room,golden!!

    S Tate

    that's right, the whit building by river

  13. Cath Harris

    I agree just listened to other version still a top tune tho I love motown

  14. DAVID WOLF

    ~ Top 5 U.K. 49 years ago and still fresh in 2018. What a group, a perfect classic group, so prolific so many songs so many decades. This, their real Motown incarnation, just brilliant. Cheers, DAVEDJ ~

  15. Graham Dearsley

    orig tam k t f

  16. Angelique Collins

    a major British hit..i wished it was a bigger here in the U.S...great danceable tune

  17. Steven Stewardson

    WONDERFUL MOTOWN ❤❤❤

  18. Philip Corcoran

    that intro...awesome

  19. ROGGY5

    Fantastic song - great voice

  20. Lou Costello

    I'll say it again. 'Mr. James Jamerson'.

  21. mike pritchard

    One of the songs of my youth great memories

  22. chas muff

    scandalous that this classic should have so few views.

  23. sandra murphy

    Such a haunting song x

  24. dakat22

    This was the last session of the amazing drummer Benny Benjamin, the heartbeat of the Funk Brothers, and along with James Jamerson, and Bob White, made this a historic recording.  Last session of thousands for Benny Benjamin,

    maltloaf legrande

    +dakat22 Joe Messina (fuzz guitar) and Eddie Brown (congas) are on pretty good form too.

    DeVille Hall

    dakat22 thanks , didn’t know that !

  25. richard davis,jr.

    This Was The Perfect Song To Close Their Album 'Soul On The Rocks'! The Funk Brothers Didn"t Miss A Beat! And Of Course, The Isley Brothers Nailed This Song!

  26. Bravo six Zero

    class . . .

  27. James Johnson

    classic

  28. middy cat

    beautiful sound this end,chum! Nice one and thank you!

  29. merseymain

    For sure, my favourite Isley Bros track. Timeless...for sure