Desert Island 3 – I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen

Day 3 and song 3 that I would have with me while I’m stranded on my Desert Island today’s song being “I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen.”

It may seem a peculiar choice being one that was written by Thomas P. Westendorf in 1875 – a German American – which of course explains in some measure why contrary to popular belief why it isn’t an Irish ballad.

It reminds me of our parents and is the song our dad – Jack – used to sing to our mum who yes was called Kathleen.

I admit it usually was sung following an earlier meeting with a single malt whiskey but was always delivered in a way that made us all smile.

I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen

Lyrics

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’ll 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.

Oh! I will take you back, Kathleen

To where your heart will feel no pain

And when the fields are fresh and green

I’ll take you to your home again!

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.

Oh! I will take you back, Kathleen

To where your heart will feel no pain

And when the fields are fresh and green

I’ll take you to your home again!