I'LL TAKE YOU HOME AGAIN, KATHLEEN
(Thomas P. Westendorf)
I'll take you home again, Kathleen,
Across the ocean wild and wide
To where your heart has ever been,
Since you were first my bonnie bride.
The roses all have left your cheek.
I've watched them fade away and die;
Your voice is sad when e'er you speak,
And tears bedim your loving eyes.
Oh! I will take you back, Kathleen,
To where your heart will feel no pain,
And when the fields are fresh and green,
I'II take you to your home again!
I know you love me, Kathleen, dear,
Your heart was ever fond and true.
I always feel when you are near
That life holds nothing, dear, but you.
The smiles that once you gave to me
I scarcely ever see them now,
Though many, many times I see
A dark'ning shadow on your brow.
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 brightest rays of sunshine gleam
There all your grief will be forgot.
Recorded by everybody. More recently, by the Fureys; by Joseph Locke;
by Bing Crosby
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