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"When Irish Eyes Are Smiling," Lyrics, Text Format

Sharped fourth (Fi, F#), extended range, advanced intervals:
tonic and subdominant arpeggios, and tempo markings:
ritardando, caesura, and a tempo.



  • Grade: Fourth
  • Origin: words: Chauncey Olcott & George Graff, Jr.
    music: Ernest R. Ball, 1912
  • Key: C Major
  • Time: 3/4
  • Form: phrases: ABAC
  • Rhythm: beginners: | ta/a ta | ta ta/a_|_ a ta ta | syncopation, | ta/a/a_|_ a ta ta | syncopation,
    | ta ta ta | – (_=tie)
  • Pitches: advanced: Do Re Mi Fa Fi So La Ti Do Re Mi – raised/sharped fourth (Fi) – extended range
  • Intervals: advanced: So\Mi (m3), Do/Mi/So ascending tonic (I) arpeggio (C), So\Mi\Do descending tonic (I) arpeggio (C), Do/Fa/La/Do8ascending subdominant (IV) arpeggio (F), Do8\La (m3), Mi/La (P4), La\Re (P5), Re/So (P4), Ti/Re8(m3), Do8/Mi8 (M3), Mi8/So (M6), So\Fi (m2)
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted half, half, quarter; pickup beat, tied notes, vocal slur, fermata, ritardando, caesura (railroad tracks/grand pause) – a complete stop in music time, a tempo
  • Key Words: USA – history: “The Isle O’ Dreams,” world geography: Ireland; USA holiday: St. Patrick’s Day, Irish people, lilt, laughter, angels sing, Irish eyes, Irish hearts, bright and gay, steal, away


“When Irish Eyes Are Smiling”

When Irish Eyes Are Smiling, sure ’tis 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.

Chorus of “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling.”

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