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Lark of the Clans... Celtic with a twist!

The Little Beggarman

 Irish Traditional  Listen to a sample

Oh, I am a little beggarman, a-beggin' I have been 
For three score years in this little isle of green 
I am known along the Liffey from the Basin to the Zoo 
And everybody calls me by the name of Johnny Dhu. 
Of all the trades a-goin' sure the beggin' is the best 
For when a man is tired he can sit him down and rest 
He can beg for his dinner - he has nothing else to do 
But to slip around the corner with his ould rigadoo. (That's Johnny Dhu!)

I slept in a barn one night in Currabawn, 
And a shocking wet night it was - I slept till the dawn 
There was holes in the roof and the rain was pourin' 'thru 
And the rats and the cats were all playing tinka-boo 
Who did awaken but the woman of the house  
With her white-spotted apron and her calico blouse  
She began to get excited and all I said was Boo!  
Sure and don't you be afraid at all, its only Johnny Dhu (That's Johnny Dhu!)

I met a little girl when a walkin' out one day 
Good mornin', little flaxen-haired girl, I did say 
Good mornin', little beggarman, and how do you do 
With your rags and your tags and your ould rigadoo 
I'll buy a pair of leggins and a collar and a tie 
And a nice young lady I'll go courtin' by and bye 
I'll buy a pair of goggles and I'll color them with blue 
And an ould-fashioned lady I will make her too! (That's Johnny Dhu!)

So all along the high road with my bag upon my back 
Over the fields with me bulgin' heavy sack 
With holes in me shoes and me toes a peepin' through 
Singin' skill-a-mack-a-doodle with my auld rigadoo 
Oh, I must be off' to bed for it's getting late at nite 
The fire's all raked and now 'tis out the light 
Now you've heard my story of my ould rigadoo 
So good-night and God be with you, says ould Johnny Dhu. (That's Johnny Dhu!)