It 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.
As I wash my dishes, I'll be following your plan, Till I see the brightness in ev'ry pot and pan. I am sure your point of view will ease the daily grind, So I keep repeating in my mind.
(verse #2) * Please don't be offended if I preach to you awhile, * Tears are out of place in eyes that were meant to smile. * There's a way to make your very biggest troubles small, * Here's the happy secret of it all.
Look for the silver lining When e'er a cloud appears in the blue. Remember some where 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.