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I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen

Words and Music by Thomas P. Westendorf

The John Church Company Cincinnati, New York, London

Back Cover Adverts:
Two New Impressive Songs by Gordon Johnstone and Carl Hahn
The Little Woman in Gray - price 60 cents
The Green Cathedral - price 70 cents
Gordon Johnstone has scored a conspicuous success in previous song-lyrics and the songs just from the press bid fair to outrival in popularity any of the lyrics of this distinguished writer. His lyrics have those subtle touches of pathos and tenderness and a singing quality that are equaled by few present day writers of verse for music.
The lyrics, after all, are the germs of a song, and when the lyrics by Gordon Johnstone and the music by Carl Hahn, the combination make a wonderous charm. In these new songs the beauty enfolds more and more, as the songs progress from measure to measure
Each song is published in two keys, for high and low voice

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[Verse 1] - soloist or group in unison

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 bonny bride
The roses all have left your cheek
I've watched them fade away and die
Your voice is sad whenever you speak
And tears bedim your loving eyes

[Chorus] -- either in SATB with piano accompaniment or TTBB with piano accompaniment (the lyrics remain the same)

Oh I will take you back Kathleen
Take you back Kathleen
Where your heart will feel no pain,
Heart will feel no pain
And when the fields are fresh and green
Fields are fresh and green
I'll take you back home again, home again

[Verse 2] - soloist or group in unison

I know you love me, Kathleen, dear,
Your heart was ever fond and true;
I always feel when you are near,
That loving heart will cease to yearn
The smiles that once you gave to me,
I scarcely ever see them now,
Those many many times I see
A darkening shadow on your brow


[Verse 3] - soloists or group in unison

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



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