Keep Smiling at Trouble (Trouble’s a Bubble)

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PROFILE
Composer Lewis Gensler
Lyricists Al Jolson, Buddy DeSylva
Year Written 1924
About Keep Smiling at Trouble
“Keep Smiling at Trouble” was first recorded by Fred Waring’s Pennsylvanians in 1924, with vocals by his brother, Tom Waring. Other noted recordings were by Jolson, Ruby Braff, Tommy Dorsey, Della Reese and Bobby Hackett.

Lyrics

When you’ve learned that life
Is what you make it
Then you know the secret of it all

Find your share of happiness
And take it
Make life a song
As you go along

Keep smiling at trouble
For trouble’s a bubble
And bubbles will soon go away

With never a sadness
And nothing but gladness
We’d weary of life in a day

Be like the violets that doze ‘neath the chilled winter snows
They bravely wait for the May

So keep smiling at trouble
For trouble’s a bubble
And bubbles will soon go away

So keep smiling at trouble
For trouble’s a bubble
And bubbles will soon go away

And bubbles will soon go away

Session / Album Information

1963

“Keep Smiling at Trouble” was recorded on April 22, 1963 and released in 1963 on the album This Is All I Ask.

This recording released on:

  • 1963: Columbia LP 12″: CS 8856 — This Is All I Ask
  • 1963: Columbia LP 12″ (Mono): CL 2056 — This Is All I Ask
  • 2011: Disc #27 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK26) This Is All I Ask

1964

“Keep Smiling at Trouble (Trouble’s a Bubble)” was recorded on April 8, 1964 and released in 2011 on Tony Bennett Live at the Sahara: From This Moment On, as part of the 2011 Complete Collection. It was arranged by Ralph Sharon.

This recording released on:

  • 2011: Disc #74 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK72) Tony Bennett Live at the Sahara: From This Moment On

1967

“Keep Smiling at Trouble” was recorded on April 20, 1967 and released that year on the album For Once In My Life. It was arranged by Ralph Burns.

This recording released on:

  • 1967: Columbia 45: 4-44154
  • 1967: Columbia LP 12″: CS 9573 — For Once In My Life
  • 1967: Columbia LP 12″: CL 2773 — For Once In My Life
  • 1967: CBS LP 12″: SBPG 63166 — For Once In My Life (UK)
  • 1967: CBS LP 12″ (Mono): BPG 63166 — For Once In My Life [UK]
  • 1991: Columbia CD: C4K 46843 — Forty Years – The Artistry Of Tony Bennett
  • 1993: CBS/Sony CD: SRCS-6641 — Forty Years: The Artistry Of Tony Bennett
  • 2004: Columbia/Legacy CD: C5K 92784 — Fifty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett
  • 2009: Beat Goes On CD: 886 — For Once In My Life/I’ve Gotta Be Me [UK]
  • 2011: Disc #35 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK34) Tony Makes It Happen!

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