I was thinking this morning about songs on the topics of betrayal and back-stabbing. The first song I found was “The Back Stabbers” by the O’Jays. Then I found today’s selection, “Smiling Faces Sometimes,” by The Undisputed Truth. It was originally recorded by the Temptations, in 1971, running for about 12 minutes. The version by The Undisputed Truth (also from 1971) is just over three minutes.
A commenter on the YouTube post for the song says it all: “This gem used to scare me when I was little. Whenever a record would give me head chills and make my eyes well up, I knew that there was a message within the lyrics that was super important. A haunting and truthful classic.”
I also remember being haunted by songs like this, and it must have been because I didn’t yet pay attention to the meanings of songs. Being an older adult, I’ve seen and heard (and sometimes done) it all and can relate to the singer’s story.
All that aside, this is a pretty cool track with interesting instrumentation.
Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.
Here’s the audio for the song from The Undisputed Truth topic YouTube channel: