When Irish Eyes Are Smiling (1912)
(w) Chauncey Olcott & George Graff, Jr. (m) Ernest Ball (I) Stage show The Isle o’ Dreams by Chauncey Olcott. (P) John McCormack (CR) Peggy Lee (R) The Irish Tenors
[Verse 1] 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 d all other times smile,
And now smile a smile for me.

[Chorus] When Irish eyes are smiling,
Sure, it’s like a 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.