T:Little Red Fox, The
D:Seán O Sé
A, | DDF2 A2AA | (AB)(AF) A2AF | D2F2 A2F2 | E4 D2
AA | dddd c3B | ABAF E2DB, | (DE)(FD) E2E2 | D4 D2
A,2 | D2F2 A2A2 | (AB)(AF) A3F | D2F2 A2F2 | E4 D2
AA | d2d2 c3B | (AB)(AF) E2DB, | DEF2 E2E2 | D4 D2 ||
A2 | DEFG AAAA | ABAF AA2
F | DEFG AAF2 | E4 D2
A2 | ddd2 cc2B | A3F EE
(DB,) | DEF2 EEE2 | D4 D3 ||
W:The little red fox is a raider sly in the misty moonlight creeping
W:With a morsel to his taste, he hurries off in haste, while the farmyard's soundly sleeping
W:"A duck", says he, "has charms for me, likewise a young cock crowing,
W:But a fine fat goose is most of use to a family young and growing"
W:An maidrín a rua, rua, rua, rua, rua
W:An maidrín a rua tá grána
W:An maidrín rua na luí sa luachair
W:Is barr a dhá chluas in airde
W:The little red fox is a family man by his own fireside reposing
W:Till the cry of the hound shows his lair is found and there's no time left for dozing
W:"I'm off", says he, "don't wait for me there's a long, long road before me,
W:but home I'll be in time for tea when I put this trial o'er me"
W:The little red fox is a hero bold and he rakes his foes but meanly
W:With the turn, twist and wind, they're left far behind, and he rests on the hill serenely
W:"I like", says he, "the breeze from the sea and the view up here is glorious"
W:And sweet from below comes the merry tally-ho, and the hounds' melodious chorus
W:The little red fox is a gallant knight when the hour of stress has found him
W:He crouches at the feet of the beauty of the meet, while yelping foes surround him
W:"Fair maid", says he, "were it not for thee, some sport I'd show them daily,
W:but my brush I yield to the fairest of the field and I die at her feet quite gaily"
W:Translation of chorus:
W:The little red fox
W:The little red fox so ugly [or dána = bold]
W:The little red fox lying among the rushes
W:And the tops of his two ears sticking up
W:Chorus in English:
W:The little Red Fox, Rex Fox, Red Fox,
W:The little Red Fox, none bolder,
W:The little Red Fox, creeping through the rocks,
W:With a fat goose o'er his shoulder.