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When Irish Eyes are Smiling lyrics and chords

The lyrics to When Irish Eyes Are Smiling create a romantic image of Ireland and were written in 1912 for a Broadway musical called The Isle O’ Dreams.

When Irish Eyes are Smiling

The warmth and sentimentality of the words, together with the catchy melody in waltz time, made it an instant hit.

The chords are also very straightforward, which made it easy to play and so helped the sales of sheet music when the song was particularly popular between 1912 and the early 1920s.

The chorus is the best known part of the song. Many performances begin with the chorus rather than the first verse.

When Irish Eyes are Smiling lyrics and chords

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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.


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 be guile,

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.




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.




When Irish Eyes are Smiling
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