I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen (1875)
(wm) Thomas P. Westendorf. An American “answer” to the Irish ballad “Barney, Take Me Home Again” (R) Sons of the Pioneers, Elvis Presley, Bing Crosby, Joseph Locke, etc.
I’ll take you home again, Kathleen
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’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 will take you to your home, Kathleen
I know you love me, Kathleen dear.
Your heart was ever fond and true.
I always feel when you are near
That life was 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.
But, I will take you back, Kathleen
To where your heart will feel no pain.
And when the fields are fresh and green,
I will take you to your home, Kathleen.