The song was sung in the original Broadway show by Tamara Drasin. Its first recorded performance was by Gertrude Niesen, who recorded the song with orchestral direction from Ray Sinatra, Frank Sinatra's second-cousin, on October 13, 1933. Niesen's recording of the song was released by Victor, catalog# VE B 24454, with the b-side, "Jealousy", featuring Isham Jones and his Orchestra. The song was later reprised by Irene Dunne, who performed it in the original 1935 film adaptation of the musical, co-starring Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers and Randolph Scott. The song was also included in the 1952 remake of Roberta, Lovely to Look At, in which it was performed by Kathryn Grayson.
They asked me how I knew my true love was true, I of course replied, something here inside cannot be denied.
They said someday you'll find all who love are blind, When your heart's on fire, you must realize, Smoke gets in your eyes.
So I chaffed and then I gaily laughed, To think that they could doubt my love, Yet today, my love has flown away, I am without my love.
Now laughing friends deride tears I cannot hide, So I smile and say when a lovely flame dies, Smoke gets in your eyes.