WHEN IRISH EYES ARE SMILING
The lyrics to When Irish Eyes Are Smiling were written by Chauncey Olcott and George
Graff, Jr. and set to the music of Enerst Ball for Olcott’s production of “The Isle O’
Dreams”. The music was published in 1912. Chauncey Olcott was born in Buffalo, New
York. He produced several shows about Ireland for the New York stage. His other hits
included “My Wild Irish Rose”. Ernest Ball was also born in America, but was devoted to
There’s a tear in your eye,
And I’m wondering why,
For it never should be there at all.
With such pow’r in your smile,
Sure a stone you’d beguile,
So there’s never a teardrop should fall.
When your sweet lilting laughter’s
Like some fairy song,
And your eyes twinkle bright as can be;
You should laugh all the while
And all other times smile,
And now, smile a smile for me.
When Irish eyes are smiling,
Sure, ’tis like the morn in Spring.
In the lilt of Irish laughter
You can hear the angels sing.
When Irish hearts are happy
All the world seems bright and gay.
And when Irish eyes are smiling,
Sure, they steal your heart away.
For your smile is a part
Of the love in your heart,
And it makes even sunshine more bright.
Like the linnet’s sweet song,
Crooning all the day long,
Comes your laughter and light.
For the springtime of life
Is the sweetest of all
There is ne’er a real care or regret;
And while springtime is ours
Throughout all of youth’s hours,
Let us smile each chance we get.