When Irish Eyes Are Smiling

DESCRIPTION: Known mostly by the chorus: "When Irish eyes are smiling, Sure, 'tis like the morn in Spring; In the lilt of Irish laughter, You can hear the angels sing...." The lyric concerns the singer's love's smile, and urges smiling at every opportunity
AUTHOR: Words: Chauncey Olcott and George Graff Jr. / Music: Ernest R. Ball
EARLIEST DATE: 1913 ("The Isle o' Dreams," according to Hischak)
KEYWORDS: nonballad beauty
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REFERENCES (1 citation):
DT, IRSHEYES*
Roud #25290
RECORDINGS:
Bradley Kincaid, "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" (Decca 12053)
Riley Puckett, "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" (Bluebird 8144)

NOTES: Thomas S. Hischak, The American Musical Theatre Song Encyclopedia (with a Foreword by Gerald Bordman), Greenwood Press, 1995, p. 379, this "is the preennial favorite that was beloved by Irish immigrants (and everyone else) in the years before World War One, and it remains a standard today.... [So-writer Chauncey] Olcott sang the number in the minstrel melodrama The Isle o' Dreams (1913), recorded the song and performed it throughout his career." - RBW
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