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Lyr Req: The Leprechaun (from Masterless Men)

rlwalker@granis.net 12 Dec 98 - 12:49 AM
a leprechaun 15 Dec 98 - 07:52 PM
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Subject: Lyrics to "The Leprechaun" on Ode to Age CD
From: rlwalker@granis.net
Date: 12 Dec 98 - 12:49 AM

I've been looking "unsuccessfully" for the lyrics to "The Leprechaun" -- a tune found on the Ode to Age CD by the Masterless Men. Would anyone have those lyrics?

The chorus starts: Oh, fiddle dee, diddle dee, catch and riddle me, Quick or I'll be gone, Fiddle dee, diddle dee, catch and riddle me, I'm a Leprechaun.


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From: a leprechaun
Date: 15 Dec 98 - 07:52 PM

don't give up it's gonna appear soon.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE LEPRECHAUN (Patrick Weston Joyce)^^^
From: Brack&
Date: 16 Dec 98 - 08:14 AM

This is one called "The Leprechaun" though it may not be the one your after.

In a shady nook, one moonlight night
A leprechaun I spied
With scarlet cap and coat of green
A cruiskeen by his side
'Twas tick-tack-tick his hammer went
Upon the weeny shoes
And I laughed to think of a purse of gold
But the fairy was laughing too!

With tiptoe step and beating heart
Quietly, softly I drew nigh
There was mischief in his merry face
A twinkle in his eye
He hammered and song with tiny voice
And drank his mountain dew
And I laughed to think he was caught at last
But the fairy was laughing too!

As quick as thought I seiz'd the elf
"Your fairy purse" I cried
"The purse" said he "'tis in her hand-
That lady by your side!"
I turned to look - the elf was off!
Then, what was I to do?
Oh, I laughed to think what a fool I'd been
And the fairy was laughing too!

Regards Mick Brackenn ^^^


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Leprechaun (from Masterless Men)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 09 Aug 11 - 10:44 PM

THE LEPRECHAUN sung by The Masterless Men can be found on YouTube. I'm not in a good place to listen to it right now, but I might try transcribing it later.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Leprechaun (from Masterless Men)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 18 Aug 11 - 01:33 PM

It turns out lyrics and chords to THE LEPRECHAUN, as sung by the Masterless Men, have already been posted in an appropriately titled thread: Lyr/Chords Add: The Leprechaun (Masterless Men). I'd say these threads are good candidates for merging. Joe Offer, are you reading this?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Leprechaun (from Masterless Men)
From: Jim I
Date: 18 Aug 11 - 01:39 PM

My late mum's favourite poem.

Great to see it here.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Leprechaun (from Masterless Men)
From: GUEST,Lighter
Date: 18 Aug 11 - 03:35 PM

The words were written by tune-collector Patrick Weston Joyce based on fragmentary words he remembered from his boyhood in Glenosheen in the 1850s. Joyce was also the first to print the tune, at least under that title.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Leprechaun (from Masterless Men)
From: GUEST,Lighter
Date: 18 Aug 11 - 03:47 PM

That should be "1830s or '40s." Joyce's dates are 1827-1914.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Leprechaun (from Masterless Men)
From: GUEST,Lighter
Date: 18 Aug 11 - 04:42 PM

Correction again. In "Ancient Irish Music" (1873), Joyce says he learned the tune in 1853. Much later he heard words to it that included the line, "O, my darling girl I'll soon come back and surely marry you!" That's all he could remember.

He wrote "The Leprehaun" (Joyce's spelling) just for fun. Only the tune and the leprechaun are traditional.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Leprechaun (from Masterless Men)
From: Lighter
Date: 06 Apr 17 - 02:55 PM

Tune No. 463 in "The Complete Petrie Collection" is essentially identical to that of Joyce's "Leprehaun."

Its title is "Come All Y'United [sic] Irishmen, and Listen unto Me."

Petrie (who died in 1866) notes that he received the tune from "Mr. [P.W.] Joyce, from J. Martin and P. Cudmore."

This was apparently the song of which Joyce, in 1873, could recall only one line: "O, my darling girl, I'll soon come back and surely marry you!" (Unless he'd heard a second song to the same tune!)

I haven't been able to find a text of the song.


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