Lyrics

KATHLEEN O'TOOLE (Music by Louis Rosen, Lyric by Louis Rosen and Art Perlman)

The car horns and wind sang a street song last night as I rested my head. My mind wandered back to a sweet song — autumn nights and a warm lover’s bed.

'Twas love at first note when I met her. Each song cast a spell in my ear. When she asked me to sing a duet, her eyes gleamed, so electric, so clear.

Kathy — Kathleen O’Toole, with your voice so fair and your coal-black hair… Kiss me, Kathleen O’Toole…

Come, away we go— on the fly, we will flow. Though I know I’m a fool to give my heart to Kathleen O’Toole.

I was just seventeen, on my own then — Kathy, a worldly twenty-two. We were mythically happy alone then, like a tale both fantastic and true.

Many days spent in bed, nights spent singing — our two voices blending so fine. Our music was reckless and swinging. She was sly — she was free — she was mine.

Kathy — Kathleen O’Toole, with your voice so fair and your coal-black hair… Kiss me, Kathleen O’Toole…

Come, away we go— on the fly, we will flow. Don’t I know I’m a fool to give my heart to Kathleen O’Toole.

And now comes the point in our story when all things begun have to end. The road called, and seeking her glory, she was gone — my young heart had to mend.

Tonight, with a click, I could find her — maybe learn if life’s treated her well. But I know that it’s bolder and kinder to be still — let the memory dwell in that space even time can’t dispel.

Kathy — Kathleen O’Toole, with your voice so fair and your coal-black hair… Kiss me, Kathleen O’Toole…

Come, away we go— on the fly, in the flow. Though I know I’m a fool to give my heart to Kathleen O’Toole.

© 2020 by Louis Rosen/Lullwater Music and Arthur Perlman/Forest Knolls Music, ASCAP. All rights reserved.