#03368
The Leprechaun (Masterless Men) with lyrics and video

      #2069: YouTube video by NLTreasure ©2012
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O, 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. I'm a leprechaun.

O-o-o. Way back in Ireland in days of yore,
There lived a wee man seldom seen anymore;
He stood six inches high and he was always dressed in green,
A master of magic all the best ever seen;
Wearing silver buckles, tiny golden bells,
He would go singing through the dell.

O, 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.
O, 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. I'm a leprechaun.

O-o-o. Now when I was a boy more than once I was told,
About this leprechaun and his pot of gold;
Yes, golden sovereigns and more than this,
If you could catch the leprechaun, he'd grant you a wish;
But catching this little man was hard I fear,
Whenever he was seen he would always disappear.

O, 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.
O, 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. I'm a leprechaun.

O-o-o. Now you can say I was drunk, you can call me a liar,
But one night out in the woods, yes, I saw a fire;
And I thought I'd go wee closer and have a little peep,
Slowly through woods I started to creep;
To my surprise around the fire, dancing in the rain,
Was a score of little leprechauns, and I heard 'em sing:

O, 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.
O, 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. I'm a leprechaun.

O-o-o. I thought I'd wait until they finished their fun,
And when they'd gone to sleep then maybe I'd catch me one;
All tired from dancing, they laid down by a log,
So I crept up and I caught one, but he turned into a frog;
He was all wet and slippery, from me hands he did spring,
As he hopped through the woods I could hear him sing:

O, 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.
O, 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.
O, 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. I'm a leprechaun.

####.... Don Sullivan from Omagh, County Tyrone, Ireland ....####
Don Sullivan was the founder of Sullivan's Gypsies c.1969 with three Dubliners: Garrett Kavanaugh, Dermot O'Reilly, and Fergus O'Byrne, all of whom joined Denis Ryan c.1970 to form Ryan's Fancy. In 1971 he parted from Ryan's Fancy when the trio decided to move to Newfoundland-Labrador. Afterward, Don blossomed as a songwriter, making an album in Nashville, Tennessee, and later returning to make Ireland his home base.

This variant was recorded by Masterless Men (Ode To Age, trk#8, 1993 CD, Independent, produced by Jim Fidler and recorded at Dermot O'Reilly's Piper Stock Productions, Torbay, NL).


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