Can Anyone Help with the Origin and Lyrics of an Irish or Scottish Song?

Doreen wrote asking for help with the lyrics and origin of a song about a fairy. Here’s her email:

I know (or think I remember accurately) most of the lyrics. I am trying to find the country of origin which I believe is Ireland or Scotland. Here is the song…

As Katie one night, by sunset light, was busy spinning her thread.
‘Twas Tim came by with a laugh in his eye
And now listen to what he said,
“I had a fling with a fairy queen……
If you’ll come with me…….. you’ll see,
You’ll see that I’m the lad the fairies have had to tea, to tea.”

There’s more. Can anyone help? Thanks for your help and your patience.

If anyone can help with the rest of the lyrics or if you know where it’s from, please comment below.

Thanks in advance!

Mama Lisa

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6 Responses to “Can Anyone Help with the Origin and Lyrics of an Irish or Scottish Song?”

  1. Jule Fobert Says:

    Here you go:

  2. Lisa Says:

    Thanks Jule!

    Here are the full lyrics given with the YouTube:

    Katie One Night by Moonlight Bright:
    As Katie one night by moonlight bright,
    Sat busy spinning her thread,
    Twas Tim came by with a laugh in his eye,
    And now listen to what he said,
    I’ve had a fling in a fairy ring,
    where fairies dance and play and sing,
    Won’t you come this night while stars are bright,
    You’ll see, you’ll see,
    For I am the lad the fairies have had,
    To tea ! To tea !

    “I think it’s from a children’s play, that was written in the ‘twenties.
    Fairy Harp Song for harp and voice sing-a-long scrolling lyrics
    I’ve written the ABC notation for the melody – if anyone is interested – message me
    Here is the reference courtesy of a MudCat user:
    Hyde, Herbert E., and Frances Ellen Funk. The Quest of the Queer Prince
    Cantata for Children’s Chorus. Chicago, Ill: HT FitzSimons, 1927.”

  3. Ashleigh Says:

    Hi… I’m looking to find the words to an auld rhyme my grannies use to sing. She passed away recently and I’d like to get the words made us laugh so much!! It goes…

    Says he to I…could ya go a pie…aye said I quite shy.

    Then the ending went…

    Says he to me…is that you
    Says I…aye who
    Says aye me
    Says he…aye
    Says I..naw
    Says he… well it’s someone awffy like ye.

    Any help would be so appreciated

  4. Lisa Says:

    Ashleigh – I found a little more to your rhyme on this Scottish forum:

    Says he to me “could ye go a pie?”
    Says I “aye, quite shy, never thinkin.”
    The dirty way he did it!
    He lifted up his walkin stick, N’ walked on the bus!
    When i cam aff the bus, who dae ye think wis standin there…. Him!

    Says he to me “Is that you”?
    Says I “Aye who”?
    Says he “You”!
    Says I “aye me”!
    Says he “Aye”!
    Says I “naw”!
    Says he “Well it’s somebody hellava like ye”!

  5. Sophie Says:

    Are you still looking for all the words to Katie One Night?

  6. Lisa Says:

    Yes! We would love the words to it Sophie!

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