American Old Time Song Lyrics: 07 Leave Not Your Kathleen
Theater, Music-Hall, Nostalgic, Irish & Historic Old Songs, Volume 7
LEAVE NOT YOUR KATHLEEN.
Oh! leave not your Kathleen, to cross the dark sea,
For she will be lonely, she cares but for thee,
The scenes that were bright will fade from her view,
Oh! say you'll not leave me for scenes that are new;
Oh! why do you leave the land of your birth,
The sweet land of the shamrock, the home of your youth ?
Tis au emerald that glistens in the bright sunlight's gleam,
When away you'll forget her and your darling Kathleen.
Oh! leave not your Kathleen, your own Colleen Bawn,
She'll be broken-hearted when from her you're gone;
Her eyes will grow dim, the smile lose its beam,
The blush on her fair cheek will lose its soft gleam.
Oh! stay by her side and pass the sweet hours,
Together we'll wander in Killarny's sweet bow'rs;
Oh! think not from Erin there's a far brighter scene,
And leave not her shores and your darling Kathleen.
Oh! have you forgotten your dear Colleen Bawn,
And the days when we strolled on the beach and the lawn?
'Twas then you first told me of love's winning powers,
When beside the still stream we plucked the wild flowers.
And now you would leave me to wander afar,
And forget your own Kathleen and Erin-go-Bragh;
No kind heart will cheer her if now we must sever,
Whon you nnrt. from your Kathleen we're parted forever.