#02419
Cathleen
(I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen) video
#734: YouTube video by threelegsoman
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~

I'll take you home again, Cathleen,
Across the ocean wild and wide;
To where your heart has ever been,
Since first you were my bonnie bride.
The roses all have left your cheek,
I watched them fade away and die;
Your voice is sad when e'er you speak,
And tears bedim your loving eyes.

I will take you back, Cathleen,
To where your heart will feel no pain;
And where the fields are fresh and green,
I will take you to your home again!

I know you love me, Cathleen, dear,
Your voice is ever fond and true;
I always feel it when you are near,
That life holds naught but fear for me.
The smile that once you gave to me,
I scarcely ever see them now;
Though many, many times I see,
The darkness in your loving smile.

Oh! I will take you back, Cathleen,
To where your heart will feel no pain;
And where the fields are fresh and green,
I will take you to your home again!

####.... Variant of a song Thomas B Westendorf, a public school music teacher in Plainfield, Illinois, wrote in 1875 for his wife ....####
This abbreviated variant of the most popular song of 1876 was arranged and recorded by Sons Of Erin (Pleasant And Delightful, #11, 1980, Erinson Records, St John's, NL).

See more songs by Sons Of Erin.

The video above features a guitar performance of a variant by Tony Archibald from Port St Mary on the Isle of Man with this added verse:

To that dear home beyond the sea,
My Kathleen shall again return;
And when thy old friends welcome thee,
Thy loving heart will cease to yearn.
Where laughs the little silver stream,
Beside your mother's humble cot;
And brighter rays of sunshine gleam,
There all your grief will be forgot.


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