Words: B.G. DeSylva; Music: Jerome Kern (1920)

Lyrics

Look for the silver lining
Whene’er a cloud
Appears in the blue.
Remember somewhere
The sun is shining,
And so the right thing to do
Is make it shine for you.

A heart full of
Joy and gladness
Will always banish
Sadness and strife:
So always look for
The silver lining,
And try to find
The sunny side of life.

Background

“Look for the Silver Lining” was written in 1919 for the unsuccessful musical Zip, Goes a Million. In 1920 it was published and reused in the musical Sally whence it was popularized by Marilyn Miller. Among others, the song was later covered several times by Judy Garland, whose version also became, and remains, well-known.

Performances

A lovely performance by Judy Garland. This starts with the rarely verse (it beings “As I wash my dishes…”). The chorus is well worth the wait, though!

And here is the Sing-A-long version for listening to and downloading:

Look for the Silver Lining