I'll take you home again, Kathleen
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
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
Though many, many times I see
A dark'ning shadow on your brow.
To that dear home beyond the sea
My Kathleen shall again
And when thy old friends welcome thee
Thy loving heart will cease to yearn.
Where laughs the little silver
Beside your mother's humble cot
And brightest rays of sunshine gleam
There all your grief will be forgot.