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