At work I often listen to Pandora with headphones on. Today it played a beautiful chillout track I hadn't heard in years: Conjure One - Center Of The Sun. The song lyrics use the phrase "I hear volins", which in context seem to mean something like "when I hear such beauty, nothing else matters".
I was already aware of "I hear violins" in the song lyrics of the 80s pop song ABC - When Smokey Sings. The song is a tribute to Smokey Robinson, and although the Wikipedia page for it doesn't mention anything about the lyrics, the phrase does seem to be used in a similar context.
Further searching found the 1975 New York Times Article Do I hear Volins? in which the phrase is presented as a question, as if the reader should know what it means. I also found the 1963 song Ronnie Savoy - I Hear Violins, but I could find neither recordings nor lyrics for it.
So, does anyone know the meaning of "I hear violins", and when it might have been first used..?