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From: "Carmen DiGiacomo" <>
Subject: Re: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] "irish trivia" plainfield illinois
Date: Mon, 28 May 2007 07:54:39 -0400
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Since I just returned from a 3 week trip to Ireland late last night, I
thought I would add my two cents to this light hearted discussion.

Nan has shown the origin of the 'Kathleen' is not Irish. I would add that
'Danny Boy' is another song that does not have Irish roots.

However, for all you Eileens on the list there is no doubt about the origins
of 'Eileen from Killarney'. It is 'Irish to the core'.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Nan Brennan" <>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, May 25, 2007 4:21 PM
Subject: Re: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] "irish trivia" plainfield illinois

> Here it is!
> I'll Take You Home Kathleen is not, in fact, a tune of Irish origin.
> It was written in 1875 by Thomas Westendorf, a public school music
> teacher in Plainfield, Illinois, and was the first public performance
> of the tune was in Plainfield's town hall. Westendorf wrote the tune
> for his wife Jeanie, while she was visiting her home town of
> Ogdensburg, New York.
> In 1876 it was one of two most popular songs in America - the other
> being Grandfather's Clock.
> I didn't know that!
> Midi file by Barry Taylor
> kathleen.mid
> Lyrics:
>> 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.
>> Chorus:
>> 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.
>> Chorus
>> 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.
>> Chorus
> On May 25, 2007, at 11:46 AM, wrote:
>> I love your answer, Kathleen. I am curious to know the answer
>> also, Nan.
>> Maureen N
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