IRISH SONGS – IN HONOUR OF ST. PATRICK’S DAY
2. WHEN IRISH EYES ARE SMILING – 1912
This song is the unofficial anthem of all those who consider themselves to be “Irish Americans”.
To quote Irish Fun Facts: “Written by two of New York’s most prolific professional songwriters, in collaboration with a leading vaudeville performer, none of them Irish.” The credits are shared by George Graff Jr and Chauncey Olcott who wrote the words, and Ernest R. Ball who composed the music for Olcott’s stage production of The Isle O’ Dreams, and Olcott sang the song in the show. In 1912 this was a time when songs in tribute to a romanticized Ireland were very numerous and popular both in Britain and the United States.
Bing Crosby recorded the most iconic version in 1939, then again in 1946 for a movie
soundtrack, and then released on his album of that name in 1952 which featured all Irish tunes.
When Irish Eyes Are Smiling G This is the traditional version in the Key of G
When Irish Eyes are Smiling Our version, Tillsonburg Uke Society – T’UkeS – in the Key of C.