I'll Take You Home again Kathleen
Words & Music:
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 watch them fade away and die
Your voice is soft when ere you speak
And tears bedim your lovely eyes
Oh, I will take you home Kathleen
To where your heart shall feel no pain
And when the fields are soft and green
I will take you to your home Kathleen
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He already recorded this at home in the sixties, but not as beautiful as he did in 1971. This would have been perfect for a live show.
The name is of personal significance to me and I find emotional in any context. This rendition from Elvis on piano is done with soul and feeling, and a sense of despair.
This is a beautiful performance from Elvis that I have started to appreciate more and more overtime. The studio recordings from 1971 are not recognized enough in my opinion, but this may have to do with no hits coming from these sessions like Suspicious minds before or Burning love after, neither inclusion in a fantastic movie like That's the way it is. Nevertheless, I love the 1971 studio recordings including this one. Four stars from me.
Only Elvis could sing with this much emotion and not have anything to do with writing the material. Elvis had the unique gift of being able to feel others emotions through their songwriting.
I have loved this song since I was a child, and it is apparently of American origin though it has become very much associated with Ireland. Elvis recorded this alone, sitting at the piano, with the violins overdubbed later. He sounds so desolate and there is an edge to his voice that I love. I doubt that anyone has ever sung this with such empathy for the story that lies behind the lyrics.
I am listening to this song as I type this opinion and I have to say it is a very nice vocal performance by Elvis...I like "Danny Boy" better from the Boulevard LP; but this is still a nice version of an Irish folk song.
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