Song of the Leprechaun with an MP3 Recording

Song of The Leprechaun or Fairy Shoemaker was written by Irish poet William Allingham (1824 – 1889). 

Leprechauns are known to be shoemakers.  At the end of the work day, they hide away the money they earned in a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.

Song of The Leprechaun or Fairy Shoemaker is a perfect poem for St. Patrick’s Day.  You can hear it sung in the mp3 below.

MP3 of Song of the Leprechaun



Song of The Leprechaun or

Fairy Shoemaker


Tip-tap, rip-rap,

Tick-a- tack-too!

Scarlet leather, sewn together,

This will make a shoe.

Left, right, pull it tight;

Summer days are warm;

Underground in Winter.

Laughing at the storm!


Big boots a-hunting,

Sandals in the hall,

White for a wedding-feast.

Pink for a ball.

This way, that way.

So we make a shoe;

Getting rich every stitch,



Rip-rap, tip-tap,


(A grasshopper on my cap!

Away the moth flew!)

Buskins for a Fairy Prince,

Brogues for his son, —

Pay me well, pay me well.

When the job is done!


Sung by Julia Niedermaier.




Mama Lisa

This article was posted on Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 at 10:19 am and is filed under Countries & Cultures, England, English, Fairies, Folk Lore, Folk Songs, Holiday Songs, Holidays Around the World, Ireland, Languages, Leprechauns, MP3's, MP3's, MP3's of Poems, Poems, Poetry, Recordings, Recordings of Poems, Recordings of Songs, St. Patrick's Day, United Kingdom, USA. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

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