Lyricists:Chauncey Olcott, George Graff, Jr. When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” is a lighthearted song in tribute when irish eyes are smiling pdf Ireland. Its lyrics were written by Chauncey Olcott and George Graff, Jr. Ernest Ball, for Olcott’s production of The Isle O’ Dreams, and Olcott sang the song in the show.
It was first published in 1912, at a time when songs in tribute to a romanticized Ireland were very numerous and popular both in Britain and the United States. The song continued to be a familiar standard for generations.
Decades later it was used as the opening song on the radio show Duffy’s Tavern. The song has been recorded on over 200 singles and albums and by many famous singers, including Bing Crosby, Connie Francis, and Roger Whittaker. When Irish Eyes Are Smiling, sure ’tis like a morn in spring. In the lilt of Irish laughter, you can hear the angels sing.