Paris Jackson, Brooke Shields Bring Emotion; Jermaine Jackson Sings Brother's Favorite Song at Michael Jackson Memorial TVWeek

Paris Jackson, the 11-year-old-daughter of Michael Jackson, said near the close of today's memorial service for him, "Ever since I was born daddy has been the best father you can ever imagine. And I just want to say I love him so much." She then turned away from the microphone in tears. 

It was the emotional highlight of the memorial. Earlier, a tearful Brooke Shields remembered the days when she and Jackson were much younger and used to hang out together. What Jackson most loved in those days, Shields said, was to laugh and smile. 

After Shield's remembrance,  Jermaine Jackson sang his brother Michaels' favorite song,  "Smile."

The emotionally moving melody was written by Charlie Chaplin for his 1936 film "Modern Times." Though released after movies had sound, "Modern Times" was a silent film that basically has no dialogue--only a score by Chaplin. Lyrics were later to added to "Smile" by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons.

Michael Jackson's version of the song was included on his 1995 album HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book 1. During the final concerts of Jackson's tour supporting the album he sung the song, dedicating it to Princess Diana, according to Wikipedia.

Probably the best known version of the song is the one recorded in 1955 by Nat King Cole, heard here on YouTube.

Here are lyrics to "Smile":

Smile though your heart is aching;
Smile even though it's breaking.
When there are clouds in the sky, you'll get by.
If you smile through your fear and sorrow,
Smile and maybe tomorrow,
You'll see the sun come shining through for you.

Light up your face with gladness,
Hide every trace of sadness.
Although a tear may be ever so near,
That's the time you must keep on trying,
Smile, what's the use of crying?
You'll find that life is still worthwhile,
If you just smile.

Instrumental Interlude

That's the time you must keep on trying,
Smile, what's the use of crying?
You'll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile.

--Chuck Ross