When Irish Eyes Are Smiling chords and lyrics

The heart of Irish Music - 2 versions

When Irish Eyes Are Smiling is a song that captures the essence of the Irish in every way. The lyrics were written by Chauncey Olcott & George. Graff Jr., and the music was written by Ernest R. Ball... more

There are many variations to the song, and it has been recorded by many popular Irish artists including, John McCormack, Roger Whittaker, Connie Francis, Bing Crosby, Perri Como, Rose Brennan, Joni James, and many more.

2 versions: The first version of the song is performed by Mary Duff, a popular Irish singer from County Donegal, Ireland. She only sings the chorus as do most recordings because it is the most popular part of the song. The second version is by Meav Ni Mhaolchatha (original member of Celtic Woman), which includes one of the verses.

Version 1:

Guitar chords & song details
Key Signature: G Major Time Signature: 3/4
Tempo: ~ 94 bpm (♩) Chords: G, G7, C, D, D7, A, Am, A7, E7
Written Chords? G: 320003
G7: 320001 C: x32010 / 332010
D: x00232 D7: x00212
A: x02220 Am: x02210
A7: x02020 / x02223 E7: 020100 / 020130 / 022130

Video Link: When Irish Eyes Are Smiling performed by Mary Duff
When Irish Eyes Are Smiling by Mary Duff
           
Intro: 3/4 |  C  |  Am  |  G  |  E7  |  A7  |  D  |  G  |  Am  |   
                
     G       D        G      G7              C               G
When I-rish eyes are smil-ing___ Sure, it’s like a morn in Spring
        C      Am       G      E7           A       A7       D   D7
In the lilt of I-rish laugh-ter___ You can hear the an-gels sing
     G        D         G    G7            C                     G
When I-rish hearts are hap-py___ All the world seems bright and gay
         C       Am       G      E7             A7         D7      G    G7
And when I-rish eyes are smil-ing___ Sure they steal your heart a-way


Instr: |  C  |  Am  |  G  |  E7  |  A  |  A7  |  D  |  D7  |


     G        D         G    G7            C                     G
When I-rish hearts are hap-py___ All the world seems bright and gay
         C       Am       G      E7             A7         D7      G
And when I-rish eyes are smil-ing___ Sure they steal your heart a-way...
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Version 2:


Maev sings the song and includes the first verse from the original lyrics. Early recordings sing the verses, but most of the later recordings only feature the chorus. Maev is one of the few artists in the modern era to record one of the verses, and she sings it beautifully.

Song Details
Key Signature: C Major Time Signature: 3/4
Tempo: ~ 48 bpm (Minim.) Song Chords: C, Am, F, G, G7, D7, A7, C7
Written Chords - (B) signifies barre chord G: 320003
C: x32010 OR 332010 Am: x02210
F: xx3211 / x33211 OR 133211 (B) G: 320003
G7: 320001 D7: x00212
A7: x02020 / x02223 C7: x32310

Video Link: When Irish Eyes Are Smiling performed by Méav Ní Mhaolchatha
When Irish Eyes Are Smiling by Méav Ní Mhaolchatha
           
Intro: 3/4 |    C    |   Am   |    F    |    G7    |

              C                   
1. There's a tear in your eye___ And I'm wond-er-ing why
                                    G7
   For it ne-ver should be there at all
                                             C             A7
   With such pow'r in your smile___ Sure a stone you'd be-guile
              D7                         G    G7
   So there's nev-er a tear-drop should fall
               C
   When your sweet lilt-ing laugh-ter's___ Like some fa-iry song
                           C7          F
   And your eyes wink-le 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
  
             C       G        C      C7              F               C
Chorus: When I-rish eyes are smil-ing___ Sure, it’s like a morn in Spring
                F               C          A7       D       D7       G   G7
        In the lilt of I-rish laugh-ter___ You can hear the an-gels sing
             C        G         C    C7            F                     C
        When I-rish hearts are hap-py___ All the world seems bright and gay
                 F       Dm       C   A7                D7         G7      C
        And when I-rish eyes are smil-ing___ Sure they steal your heart a-way
        |   C   |   Am   |   F   |   G7   |
          (way)

             C       G        C      C7              F               C
Chorus: When I-rish eyes are smil-ing___ Sure, it’s like a morn in Spring
                F               C          A7       D       D7       G   G7
        In the lilt of I-rish laugh-ter___ You can hear the an-gels sing
             C        G         C    C7            F                     C
        When I-rish hearts are hap-py___ All the world seems bright and gay
                 F       Dm       C   A7                D7         G7      C
        And when I-rish eyes are smil-ing___ Sure they steal your heart a-way...




When Irish Eyes Are Smiling Lyrics

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
And all other times smile,
And now, smile a smile for me.

Chorus:
When Irish eyes are smiling,
Sure, it's 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.

Chorus:

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,
Sure, it's 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



The Authors

Chauncey Olcott, George Graff, Jr. &  Ernest R. Ball
A little bit about Chauncey Olcott, George Graff, Jr. and Ernest R. Ball

Chauncey Olcott was born in 1858 in Buffalo, New York. He was singer, songwriter and stage actor who sang in minstrel shows and later became a Broadway star with the help of Lillian Russel. In 1899, he wrote the song, My Wild Irish Rose for the production of A Romance of Athlone. When Irish Eyes Are Smiling was written in 1912 for the production of The Isle Of Dreams. When he retired, he moved to Monte Carlo where he later died in 1932. He was returned home where he was buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery which was located in The Bronx, New York.

George Graff, Jr. was born in 1886 in New York City. He was a songwriter and along with Chauncey Alcott, wrote the lyrics to 'When Irish Eyes Are Smiling'. He was responsible for writing many songs in collaboration with either Arthur Fields or Ernest Ball who were both noted singer/songwriters of the time. In 1973, he died at the age of 86 in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

Ernest R. Ball was born in Cleveland Ohio on 1878. His most famous music composition was When Irish Eyes Are Smiling. He was an accomplished pianist who wrote many ballads with Irish themes. He wrote many American standards, sang in vaudeville, and also accompanied other singers. He died in 1927 while on tour in Santa Ana, California. It is interesting to note that his grandson was responsible for the manufacture of Ernie Ball guitar strings.