Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Les...For Short

Hi folks, we're taking a little break from the Aunt Clara stories for St. Patty's Day. Enjoy!

I've come to sing ya an Irish song you've never heard before
and if yer lucky yer chances are you'll never hear no more!
I picked it up in Dublin Town from a Leprechaun i met

Whilst I was chasin' butterflies he fell into my net

Oh, I let him go though, straight away, for he was a friendly sport

He said, "My name is Leslie O'Connery...they call me Les...fer short!"

Well, I could scarse believe my eyes, he wasn't one foot big

as he tipped his hat and twirled his cane and danced an Irish jig

And he says to me, "What be yer name? 'n don't gimme no balarney!"

Well, I puffed me chest and told him proud, "My name is Duffy Shoney!"

He turned a flip 'n give a "hoot!" 'n says, "You don't look the Irish sort!!"

I says "Just the same, it's still me name...they call me Duff...fer short!"

Well, he lit his pipe 'n took a puff 'n blew a smokering in the breeze
'n says to me, "My good friend, Duff, I owe ya one good wish!

Ya coulda kept me in yer net 'n never set me free

'N I feel as if I'm in yer debt, so what's yer fancy be?

I'm an Irishman of my good word, of this ya can report!

My name is Leslie O'Connery, they call me Les...fer short!"

"A wish", I says, "I've got one, perhaps you'll find absurd

But  after all, if you'll recall, ya did give me yer word!"

"Aye, aye yes" he says, 'n stared in disbelief

as I asked him to present a plate of cabbage and corned beef!

"What!!!??? What kinda wish is that to wish!?" he says, 'n give a funny snort

"Now I know the reason why they call ya Duff...fer short!"

And he says, "ahh, come now man, it ain't everyday

that a real, live leprechaun should come along yer way!

Why I can grant ya anything ya fathom in yer head

Don't ya want fer somthin' else besides just bein' fed?

Don't ya want some finer thing that you could never afford?

My name is Leslie O'Connery, they call me Les...fey short!!!"

"Well", I says, "Perhaps there is one more thing you could do for me

Could ya teach me how to sing an Irish melody?"

"Ah ha!" he laughs 'n say's, "I knew I wasn't wrong!

If ya was a true Irishman...ya'd KNOW an Irish song!

But even though ya fibbed to me I'll still strike up a chord

for my name is Leslie O'Connery, they call me Les...fer short!"

And so he sang his song for me with sincerity and wit

'n it makes me laugh to this day to think of it...

but I ferget the words... and the melody... is gone

but after all, if you'll recall, I learned it from a leprechaun!

And his name was...O'Calla.....O'Cana...O'Lear...y...oh, anyway...

They called him Les...fer Short!!!

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