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Old Refrain (The)

Irish Song Lyrics - Old Refrain (The)Author: Fritz Kreisler

I often think of home Dee-ol-ee-ay
When I am all alone and far away;
I sing an old refrain, dee-ol-ee-ay
For it recalls to me a bygone day
It takes me back again to meadows fair
Where sunlight's golden rays beam everywhere

My childhood joys again come back to me
My mother's face in fancy too I see
It was my mother taught me how to sing
And to that memory my heart will cling
I'm never sad and alone while on my way
As long as I can sing Dee-ol-ee-ay

Though years have passed and gone, dee-ol-ee-ay
And though my heart is young my head is grey.
Yet still the echoes ring, dee-ol-ee-ay
And dear old memories forever stay.
This song will bring me visions full of light
And sweetest dreams throughout the darkest night

Of all that life can give, that song is best
I'll take it with me when I go to rest
And when at last my journey here is o'er
'Twill ring more joyfully than e'er before
For up to heavens I will take my lay
The angels, too, will sing dee-ol-ee-ay

From the 1936 musical The King Steps Out

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