The Shadow of Your Smile Lyrics:Paul Francis Webster Music:Johnny Mandel
The song was publishe 1965.
Johnny Mandel scored the 1965 film The Sandpiper which starred much publicized lovers, real life husband and wife Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. The entire soundtrack consisted of variations on the song “The Shadow of Your Smile,” also known as “Love Theme from The Sandpiper.” Mandel won a Grammy for Best Score for a Motion Picture, and along with lyricist Paul Francis Webster took home the Oscar for Best Original Song and the Golden Laurel for Best Song.
In the film the song is heard as an instrumental and sung by a chorus during the closing credits. It became one of the most recorded film songs of the decade especially since it lent itself so naturally to the beat of the Brazilian bossa nova, the craze of the sixties.
One day we walked along the sand One day in early spring You held a piper in your hand To mend its broken wing Now I'll remember many a day And many a lonely mile The echo of a piper's song The shadow of a smile
The shadow of your smile When you are gone Will color all my dreams And light the dawn Look into my eyes My love and see All the lovely things You are to me
Our wistful little star Was far too high A teardrop kissed your lips And so did I Now when I remember spring All the joy that love can bring I will be remembering The shadow of your smile