I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen

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"I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen"
Based loosely on Irish folk song: Blow Out the Candle (see links)
Written byThomas P. Westendorf
Written1875
LanguageEnglish
 
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"I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen"
Based loosely on Irish folk song: Blow Out the Candle (see links)
Written byThomas P. Westendorf
Written1875
LanguageEnglish

I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen is a popular song written by Thomas P. Westendorf in 1875. In spite of its German-American origins, it is widely mistaken to be be an Irish ballad. Westendorf, then teaching at the reform school known as the Indiana House of Refuge for Juvenile Offenders in Hendricks County, Ind., wrote it – apparently – for his wife (who was, however, named Jennie). It's in the form of an "answer" to a popular ballad of the time, "Barney, Take Me Home Again," composed by Westendorf’s close friend, George W. Brown, writing under the nom de plume of George W. Persley.[1][2] "The church is blowing a sad windblown 'Kathleen' on the bells..." is the first sentence of Jack Kerouac's novel Big Sur. A bit further: "I hear 'I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen' being bellroped so sad in the fog winds out there..."

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Richard S. Hill, "Getting Kathleen Home Again" in Notes [of the Music Library Association] Vol. 5, No. 3 (Jun., 1948), pp. 338–353
  2. ^ "Columnist Debunks Plainfield's Connection to a Famous Song" by Michael Lambert (November 2011)
  3. ^ Varsity Records of the Wright Record Co. in the 100 to 581 series
  4. ^ a b US Decca Records in the 18500 to 18923 series
  5. ^ a b c US Decca Records in the 28000 to 28499 series
  6. ^ US Decca Records in the 23500 to 23999 series
  7. ^ RCA Victor Records in the 20-4500 to 20-4999 series
  8. ^ Lieutenant Pigeon & Staveley Makepeace official website
  9. ^ US Decca Records in the 12000 to 12283 series
  10. ^ Gennett Records in the 10000 to 10093 series
  11. ^ Columbia Records in the 5500 to 5999 series
  12. ^ Vaughan Records discography
  13. ^ Victor Records in the 27200 to 27499 series
  14. ^ Victor Red Seal Records in the 74000 to 74813 series
  15. ^ Victor Red Seal Records in the 1000 to 1499 series
  16. ^ A Folk Song A Day, 30 January 2011, "I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen"

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