I Love Your Smile


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"I Love Your Smile" is a song by American singer Shanice, released in 1991 as the lead single from her second studio album Inner Child (1991). The song features a saxophone solo by Branford Marsalis as well as laughter from Janet Jackson and René Elizondo Jr. near the end of the song. The track was produced by Louis Biancaniello, with vocals produced by Narada Michael Walden. The radio version of the song removes the rap bridge from the album version. To date, "I Love Your Smile" is Shanice's best known and most successful hit. It peaked at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 behind "Don't Let The Sun Go Down on Me" by George Michael and Elton John and "I'm Too Sexy" by Right Said Fred, and it topped the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks for 4 weeks in December 1991 and January 1992. In Europe, "I Love Your Smile" peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart and reached the top of the Dutch Top 40 in the Netherlands. The single also peaked within the top ten on the charts in Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Australia and Austria. In 1992, it was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. Shanice performed this song as the first musical guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on May 25, 1992. A music video was made for the song, featuring Shanice in a studio having several pictures taken by a photographer. 


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Sitting in my class, just drifting away
Staring into the windows of the world, yeah
I can't hear the teacher, his books don't call me at all
I don't see the bad boys tryin' to catch some play

'Cause I love your smile
I love your smile

The clock at work says three
And I wanna be free
Free to scream, free to bathe, free to paint
My toes all day
My boss is lame you know, and so is the pay
I'm gonna put that new black mini on my charge anyway

'Cause I love your smile
(Hey) Said I love your smile

Time came and showed me your direction
Now I know I'll never ever go back
Taught me that
I can be a better girl 
With love you give, you rock my world
You dig

I'm showin' the life that I'm livin'
This is the life that I have
And it's given to you
Yeah, and it's true
Ladida, twinkly-dee
Do you, believe in a girl like me?
Shanice is the one for you to be with
But when I'm caught all alone
I start fessin'
It's from state of depression
And then the thunder clouds of doubt move in
I begin to wonder, "Do you still love me?"
But after that
My whole world is beautiful

Blow, Branford, blow

Time came and showed me your direction
Now I know I'll never ever go back
Taught me that
I can be a better girl 
With love you give, you rock my world

Smile, sike

Ooh, I love your smile (smile for me)
And yes I do, boy
I love your smile
I love your smile, baby

I love your smile
I really do

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Shanice Lorraine Wilson-Knox (born May 14, 1973), better known as Shanice, is a Grammy-nominated American R&B/soul singer-songwriter. She scored two Top 5 Billboard hit singles: "I Love Your Smile" in 1991 and "Saving Forever for You" in 1993. In 1999, Shanice scored another hit song, "When I Close My Eyes," which peaked at number #11 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. Shanice is widely recognized for her coloratura soprano and ability to access the whistle register. more »

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Written by: Shanice Wilson, Narada Michael Walden, Jarvis Baker, Sylvester Jackson

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Peermusic Publishing, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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