"I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen" was a song sung by Kevin Riley while under the influence of polywater intoxication, in 2266. The song was also briefly sung by Crewman Moody to Yeoman Janice Rand, albeit with the lyrics "I'll take you home again, Janeen." (TOS: "The Naked Time")
I'll take you home again, Kathleen
Across the ocean wild and wide
To where your heart has ever been
Since you were first my bonnie bride.
The roses all have left your cheek.
I've watched them fade away and die
Your voice is sad when e'er you speak
And tears bedim your loving eyes.
Oh! I will take you back, Kathleen
To where your heart will feel no pain.
Background information Edit
This song was written by Thomas P. Westendorf in 1875. Although an American song, it is mostly known as an Irish ballad (it was based loosely on the Irish folk song "Blow Out the Candle"). The song was performed by many artists, including Elvis Presley and Bing Crosby.
In the final draft script of "The Naked Time", the song to be sung by Kevin Riley was not only stipulated to be "I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen" but it was also noted that that song was public domain. The script went on to say, "Riley should not be one hundred percent accurate with his version of the lyrics... la la la some portions of lines... and he knows at least the major part of all the stanzas of the song. Later, often coming to the end, and for the sake of story accent, he pauses... shouts a lusty 'One more time'... and begins again... and again... as often as is necessary. Additionally, he is no singer... should hold the pitch but not much more... should overdo the emotional passages and be none too accurate in matching the feelings of the lyric to his interpretation of it. This is A CAPELLA... NO MUSIC SUPPORT PLEASE."