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When Irish Eyes Are Smiling

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Uploaded on Aug 1, 2010

Words and music: Chauncey Olcott, George Graff, Ernest Ball, This song was written in 1912, and has been since then a standard tribute to Ireland. John McCormack recorded a very popular version of this song, and since then many other singers have made their own versions: Bing Crosby, Perry Como, Joni James, Roger Whitaker, Connie Francis, etc, etc

Lyrics:

There's a tear in your eye,
And I'm wondering why,
For it never should be there at all.
With such power 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 so tender and light.

For the springtime of life
Is the sweetest of all
There is ne'er a real care or regret;
And for the springtime is ours
Throughout all of youth's hours,
Let us smile each chance we get.

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

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