Isle of hope, isle of tears    (video)

 

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1. On the first day of January, eighteen ninety-two,

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    they opened Ellis Island and they let the people through.

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    And the first to cross the threshold of that isle of hope and tears,

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    was Annie Moore from Ireland who was all of fifteen years.

 

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Isle of hope, isle of tears, isle of freedom, isle of fears,

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but it's not the isle you left behind.

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That isle of hunger, isle of pain, isle you'll never see again,

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but the isle of home is always on your mind.

 

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2. In a little bag she carried all her past and history,

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    and her dreams for the future in the land of liberty.

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    And courage is the passport when your old world disappears,

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    but there's no future in the past, when you're all of fifteen years,

 

+  CHORUS  

 

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3. When they closed down Ellis Island in nineteen forty-three,

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    seventeen million people had come there for sanctuary.

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    And in Springtime when I came here and I stepped onto its piers,

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    I thought of how it must have hurt when you're only fifteen years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Isle of hope, isle of tears, isle of freedom, isle of fears,

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but it's not the isle you left behind.

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That isle of hunger, isle of pain, isle you'll never see again,

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but the isle of home is always on your mind.

 

 

(orig. moves up half a note to capo 3rd here)

 

 

+ repeat CHORUS

 

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+  Yes, the isle of home is always on your        mind.

 

(orig. = capo 2nd)    (Tommy Fleming)