Song Lyric Sunday | “Sara Smile” – Hall & Oates

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is Chin/Ears/Eyes/Face/Mouth/Nose.


I took the collective prompt of facial beauty to go with something that enhances a person’s beauty… the smile.

While a smile can add to facial beauty, a genuine smile also bolsters inner beauty, self-esteem and it’s even good for your health–mental and physical!

So smile like Sara in Hall & Oates very first top ten hit, Sara Smile.

I know SLS’ers of a certain age aren’t ready for this but the single that was released when many of us were teenagers will be FORTY-FOUR years old next month! Yeah, ain’t that a kick in the pants? Sara Smile was played several times at my Sweet Sixteen birthday party.

But you know what? The song that reached #4 on Billboard Hot 100 and was ranked #11 for 1976 is still a smooth classic that  gets airplay on R&B, Adult Contemporary, and Pop stations and satellite radio.


    • Sara Smile was written about Hall’s then-girlfriend, Sara Allen. The couple were together for almost 30 years before breaking up in 2001.
    • Following the success of Sara Smile, the Atlantic Records label re-released the duo’s previous single, She’s Gone, which peaked at #60 on the Billboard Hot 100 when it was released in 1973, but went all the way to #7 behind the success of Sara Smile.
    • The album’s cover photo by Mick Jagger’s makeup designer Pierre LaRoche is a glitzy shot of Hall and Oates in heavy makeup. John Oates talked about the eye-catching image in Nick Tosches’ biography Dangerous Dances: “We decided that if we were going to put our faces on an album cover for the first time we wanted to do it in a big way. Pierre said, in that French accent of his, ‘I will immortalize you!’ And he just did. To this day it’s the only album cover that people ask us about.”



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Sara Smile

by Hall & Oates

Songwriters: Daryl Hall / John Oates
Baby hair with a woman’s eyes
I can feel you watching in the night
All alone with me and we’re waiting for the sunlight
When I feel cold, you warm me
And when I feel I can’t go on, you come and hold me
It’s you and me forever
Sara smile
Won’t you smile a while for me, Sara
If you feel like leaving, you know you can go
But why don’t you stay until tomorrow?
If you want to be free, you know, all you got to do is say so
And when you feel cold, I’ll warm you
And when you feel you can’t go on, I’ll come and hold you
It’s you and me forever
Sara smile
Won’t you smile a while for me, Sara
Sara smile
Won’t you smile a while for me, Sara
Won’t you smile a while for me, Sara
Oh smile a while, won’t you laugh Sara
Make me feel like a man not keeping me crazy crazy
Smile a while

10 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday | “Sara Smile” – Hall & Oates

  1. Hall and Oates had twenty-nine Top 40 hits from 1976 to 1990. I was never a big fan of Glam rock, but these guys were able to pull it off. Each phrase in this song meant something to Daryl, because it is about them living their lives together.

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