When Irish Eyes Are Smiling

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Music by Ernest R. Ball
Lyrics by Chauncey Olcott and George Graff, Jr.

VERSE 1

          C                                   G7 
There's a tear in your eye, and I'm wondering why,

       C 
For it never should be there at all.

          G7                          C             A7 
With such pow'r in your smile, sure a stone you'd beguile,

           D7                      G     G7 
So there's never a teardrop should fall._____

          C                                        G7 
When your sweet lilting laughter's like some fairy song,

         C            C7            F 
And your eyes twinkle bright as can be;

           D7                          G 
You should laugh all the while and all other times, smile,

        D7                G   G7 
And now smile a smile for me._____

CHORUS

     C                                 F              C 
When Irish eyes are smiling, sure it's like a morn in spring.

       F             C         A7      D7              G7 
In the lilt of Irish laughter, you can hear the angels sing.

     C                       C7          F                      C  
When Irish hearts are happy,____ all the world seems bright and gay,

         F              C   A7             D7         G7     C 
And when Irish eyes are smiling, sure they steal your heart away.

  
VERSE 2

         C                                   G7 
For your smile is a part of the love in your heart,

       C 
And it makes even sunshine more bright.

         G7                            C           A7 
Like the linnet's sweet song, crooning all the day long,

           D7                     G     G7 
Comes your laughter so tender and light.____

        C                                     G7 
For the springtime of life is the sweetest of all,

         C            C7        F 
There is ne'er a real care or regret;

          D7                            G 
And while springtime is ours throughout all of youth's hours,

       D7                   G    G7 
Let us smile each chance we get.____

CHORUS

     C                                 F              C 
When Irish eyes are smiling, sure it's like a morn in spring.

       F             C         A7      D7              G7 
In the lilt of Irish laughter, you can hear the angels sing.

     C                       C7          F                      C  
When Irish hearts are happy,____ all the world seems bright and gay,

         F              C   A7             D7         G7     C 
And when Irish eyes are smiling, sure they steal your heart away.

Chords

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Instrument Chords
Banjo A7 C Major C7 D7 F Major G Major G7
Guitar A7 C Major C7 D7 F Major G Major G7
Mandolin A7 C Major C7 D7 F Major G Major G7
Piano A7 C Major C7 D7 F Major G Major G7
Ukulele A7 C Major C7 D7 F Major G Major G7

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