Come Back To Erin

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Full Title: Come Back To Erin

Composer and Lyricist: Claribel

Editor: Rudolf Thaler

Published: Cleveland, 1909

Description: The primary theme of this piece is coming home, and in the music the beauty of Ireland is reflected upon by Irish immigrants who had to leave their home for America. The longing and nostalgia is personified in the form of a woman named Erin, who beckons her lover to come home once again, and tells of the rejoicing that will take place when they were reunited. For a homesick Irish-American who likely worked and lived in squalid conditions, songs like this indulged fantasies of returning home.