About this Youtube video: With annotations now antiquated I have revised this video. Please view the updated version in HD at A Certain Smile was written for the 1958 film of the same name based on the novel A Certain Smile by Fran oise Sagan. The song was nominated for the 1958 Academy Award for Best Original Song. The music was written by Sammy Fain with the lyrics by Paul Francis Webster. The song was sung by Johnny Mathis who appeared in the 1958 film as a bar singer who sang the title song reaching 4 on the UK Singles Chart and 14 on The Billboard Hot 100. Astrud Gilberto recorded it for her 1966 album A Certain Smile a Certain Sadness. Jay and the Americans released a version of the song on their 1963 album At the Cafe Wha The song was featured in the 2010 BBC production of A Passionate Woman. A CERTAIN SMILE Paul Francis Webster Sammy Fain A certain smile a certain face Can lead an unsuspecting heart on a merry chase A fleeting glance can say so many lovely things Suddenly you know why my heart sings You love awhile and when love goes You try to hide the tears inside with a cheerful pose But in the hush of night exactly like a bittersweet refrain Comes that certain smile to haunt your heart again Instrumental break-first two lines of second verse But in the hush of night exactly like a bittersweet refrain Comes that certain smile to haunt your heart again.