Hold on, baby you're losing it
The water's high, you're jumping into it
And letting go
and no one knows
That you cry, but you don't tell anyone
That you might not be the golden one
And you're tied together with a smile but you're coming undone
—>—Taylor Swift, Tied Together With A Smile
I always wear a smile
Because anything but a smile would make me have to explain
And they wouldn't understand anyway
I conceal my feelings so I won't have to explain
What I can't explain anyway
—-> "Can't Decide," Black Flag
(inner thought:) Shiny new automobile: check.
Wife cooking meatloaf, taking valium: check.
Monotonus job as a filing clerk: check.
Unbridled inner rage hidden just below the surface of normalcy: check.
—Suburban resident, Destroy All Humans!
With a smile, I'm dying inside \ But I know, I'll be just fine
Just the Thing - Paul Mac
Inside, my heart is breaking
My makeup may be flaking
But my smile still stays on...
"The Show Must Go On," Queen
Everyone smiles with that invisible gun to their head.
What Megaman and my brothers don't know, is this flash is all for show
'Cause inside, there's nothing there, and there's nothing to me,
I'm empty, and I'm hollow...
— Flashman Blue Like You
You was raised without a daddy,
You're really not happy,
You only smile to cover the rain...
— GemStones, Skeletons
You said it made you happy when I smiled, didn't you? But really... I was afraid. I was always afraid.
— Oerba Dia Vanille, Final Fantasy XIII.
Kimahri: Now are dark times. Yuna tries hard.
Tidus: We should help her, then.
Kimahri: If we worry, she tries harder. Do not frown.
Tidus: Don't worry, be happy?
Kimahri: Kimahri try, too.
Tidus: Smile! Let me see.
And I've been telling Yuna... Let's go to Zanarkand together! Let's beat Sin! I told her all the things we could... we could... And all along, the whole time, I didn't know anything! But Yuna, she'd... just smile.
— Tidus, Final Fantasy X
That's how the family works. Daddy brings home a paycheck and goes away with his secretary, while Mommy cooks dinner and keeps a brave face on things. All the while, her heart is breaking. Where are my pills...
Although I laugh and I act like a clown,
Beneath this mask, I am wearing a frown.
— The Beatles, "I'm a Loser"
I'm smiling now...right?
— Wolfgang Grimmer, Monster
"And they say She's so lucky, she's a star,
But she cries, cries, cries,
In her lonely heart, thinkin':
If there's nothin' missin' in my life,
Then why do these tears fall at night?"
— Britney Spears, "Lucky"
"Buried deep as you can dig inside yourself, hidden in the public eye
such a stellar monument to loneliness.
Laced with brilliant smiles and shining eyes,
perfect makeup, but you're barely scraping by.
— Dashboard Confessional, The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most
Frigga appeared the perfect caregiver. She walked through the castle, gave comfort where it was needed, and did not let her face slip.
Plus, humor was a good way to hide the pain.
— Leo Valdez (narration), The Heroes of Olympus
At first when I see you cry/it makes me smile/yeah it makes me smile/at worst I feel bad for a while/but then I just smile/Yeah I go ahead and smile.
— Lily Allen: Smile
No, Orson Hodge isn't exactly the guy I'd have picked to head my family, but I'll give him one thing... he's got the smile down cold.
— Rex Van de Kamp, Desperate Housewives
No, no... I shouldn't be laughing. Nothing's funny.
— Laughing Octopus Metal Gear Solid
"[The Misha you know is different from the one I think of, when I think of the time we first met. Even though I think she looks better cheerful and smiling, that isn't how she typically is.]"
— Shizune Hakamichi, Katawa Shoujo
[Littlefinger's] eyes did not smile when his mouth did.
Hal: My God, Annie. Your's is even better than mine.
Annie: My what?
Hal: Your mask.
"If I sound pleased about [Pandora going to hell under Handsome Jack], its only because my creators made this my default tone of voice. I'm actually quite depressed!"
— Claptrap, Borderlands 2