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Orac I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen (33) RE: I'll take you home again Kathleen 25 Jun 02

I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen' was written in 1875 by Thomas Paine Westendorf, who worked as a teacher in schools for juvenile offenders. It was purchased outright by the John Church Company, and at first printed in their house journal. It made its own great reputation at a time when the marketing of songs was not highly developed, and the company paid Westendorf a mere $50 a month for years. Thomas Edison loved it so much that he requested it be sung at his funeral and sent Westendorf a cheque for $250 in appreciation. Westendorf wrote more songs, but 'Kathleen' was the only one on which the copyright was worth renewing when the time came.....It may be that the story about Westendorf's wife may just be a fancy but since when has Ireland been the only place with green fields? ... There seems to be some outside my window here in Derbyshire... but maybe I'm seeing things

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