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"Smile" is a song on the RWBY: Volume 5 Soundtrack.

The song can be heard playing at the end of the "Volume 5 Blake Character Short".

LyricsEdit

Child, our daughter
Sit while we talk awhile
You've done no misdeed
Still they'll put your life on trial

Born like your family
Far from any state of grace
You're as perfect as the wind and sky
But they'll treat you like you're out of place

This world is cold
The power's with those who would judge and control
But we have a chance to make it right for you
This is what you'll do

Show them how you smile
It's only for a while
Take what you need
Leave them to bleed
Let them know bitter
While your revenge is sweet

Keep the secret
Pretending you're just like them
Live there like a princess
In the kingdom of selfish men

Play their game now
Do what it takes to win
Steal it back all they keep from you
They refuse to look beyond your skin

And as you grow
You'll gain from their knowledge but your heart will know
When the time is right to end the lie
You'll know what to do
When the charade is through

Show them how you smile
It's only for a while
Take what you need
Leave them to bleed
Let them know bitter
While your revenge is sweet

You might think that maybe they're changing
You'll pray that their hatred is waning
That's when it hurts most to find
The story unfolds
And their cruelty's exposed
You'll be glad you're not their kind

Show them how you smile
It's only for a while
Take what you need
Leave them to bleed
Let them know bitter
While your revenge is sweet[1]

TriviaEdit

  • The song is sung from the perspective of Ilia Amitola's parents.[2]
  • The song itself is based on the feelings of Ilia Amitola's parents and how they had hoped that her future would be free of prosecution due to her Faunus heritage and their belief that the human friends that she made in Atlas would look past their skin deep biased beliefs and see her as herself during the first verse of the song.
    • During the second verse, the song began to be based on Ilia's feelings of hurt at realization of the depths of Humanity's racism towards the Faunus and later described her resentment at both the humans and her parents for believing that their hatred and prejudice for them would eventually disappear and later began expressing her desire for revenge through her work in the White Fang and her new ideology of using fear to obtain respect and obtain vengeance for all of her injustices inflicted on her.

ReferencesEdit

Soundtracks
RWBY: Volume 1 SoundtrackRWBY: Volume 2 SoundtrackRWBY: Volume 3 SoundtrackRWBY: Volume 4 SoundtrackRWBY: Volume 5 SoundtrackRWBY: Volume 6 SoundtrackRWBY: Best Vocal Album
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