Smirk Or Smile

from Sham Romantic by The Jilters

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I see her there, sitting way across the room
Guess I'll try a casual glance or maybe two
She catches me, but I smoothly look around
Like she was just in my general view

Pretending I am reading my book
I wait it out for a little while
Then I peek and see her look, at me, then away
Could that have been a smirk or a smile

I replay that scene in my mind
Until the point of aggravation
Did she seem to be inclined
Toward repulsion or flirtation

It's time [I’m starting] to over-analyze
As I grow more impatient
What was that I saw her in her eyes
Repulsion or flirtation

One more time, I'll sneak another look at her
But if she notices again, I think she'll know
Scan to her left, and from the corner of my eye
I see her head is tilted down, I'm good to go

I gaze straight ahead at her face and then
I linger as I think for a while
Suddenly she looks up at me again
Did she give me a smirk or a smile?


There she goes, she gets up and walks away
And I'm stuck here wondering what did I see
Then she stops, just before she leaves the room
Turns her heard, just a little, toward me

I'm clearly staring at her, but I’m not moving
I’m mesmerized, by her profile
She's far away, so I can't say what she is doing
Is that face a smirk or a smile?



from Sham Romantic, released December 19, 2017
Christian Dubois: Lead Vocals, Keys
Chuck Kapelke: Drums
Matt McLean: Guitar
Ethan Levitt: Saxophone
Jeff Worrall: Trumpet
Travis Hanna: Bass, Backing Vocals


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The Jilters Alameda, California

The Jilters originate from a college pit band. 20 years ago, drummer, Chuck Kapelke, and pianist, Chris Dubois, played for a Harvard theater company called The Hasty Pudding. Reunited years later in California, the two started developing new material in basements and spare rooms, eventually adding Travis Hanna on bass, Jeff Worrall on trumpet, Ethan Levitt on sax, and Matt McLean on guitar. ... more

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