Monday, March 12, 2012

Beggarman Lyrics (Red Haired Boy)

Two posts in one day! A new record :) End of last month I did a long post on Red Haired Boy, aka "Beggarman". Today I am sharing the lyrics!


I am a little Beggar and a Beggar I have been
For three score'r more on this Isle of green
I go down to Lithy and down to Sligo
And I go by the name of old Johnny Dew

Of all the trades a-goin' now beggin is the best
When a man gets tired he can sit down 'a rest
He begs for his supper he has nothin' else to do
Then his cart around the corner with his old Rigadoo

I slept last night in Curabawn
when the night came along and I slept till the dawn
With holes in the roof and the rain a-comin' through
And the cats and the rats were playin' peeka-boo

when Who should awaken but the woman of the house
With her white spotty apron and her calico blouse
She began to frighten and the mice said boo!
I said don't be afraid ma'am it's old Johnny Dew.

I met a little flaxy haired girl one day,
Good morning little flaxy haired girl I did say
Good morning little Beggar Man and how do you do
With your rags and your bags and your old Rigadoo

Buy a pair of leggings with a collar and a tie
And a nice big lady I will fetch by and by
Buy a pair of goggles and I'll color them blue
And an old fashioned lady I will make her too

Over the fields with me pack on me back
Over field with me great heavy sack
With holes in my shoes and the toes a'peekin' through
Singin' skitta rink-a-diddle now it's only Johnny Dew

I must be going to bed for it's gettin' late at night
The fire's all been raked and out goes the light
Well now you've heard the story of me old Rigadoo
It's "Good-bye God be with you' says old Johnny Dew.

Goodnight, and see you all soon! -shane

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