I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen
I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen: the Irish ballad that wasn't. Written by an Indiana schoolteacher, Thomas Paine Westendorf, for his wife in 1875, this beautiful song is about as Midwestern as it gets. So it's fitting that Betsy learned it seated at a piano on a farm in the middle of corn and soybean fields. It captures something deeply American, the narrative of a lost soul seeking a sense of home. Interestingly, the song is sung from the viewpoint of the observer, and we think it just might be one of the prettiest tunes ever penned. 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 bonny bride The roses all have left your cheeks I've watched them fade away and die Your voice is sad when e'er you speak And tears bedim your loving eye Oh I will take you back, Kathleen To where your heart can feel no pain And when the fields are fresh and green I'll take you to your home, Kathleen
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Journey from the city to farm country and back again through folk and country music, hilarious stories, soaring harmonies, and a wry view of the folks back home with Elizabeth Morgan's She's Folks! With our signature Story, Song, and Sass, we narratively travel our native Midwestern byways, railroads, and fields by truck, train and tractor, introducing the audience to original tunes, as well as beloved folk songs, covers, and hymns. She's Folks! is a love letter to the country from a kid who couldn't wait to leave. Where do we belong if we walk away? We reckon, "Home isn't the place; it's the folks."
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