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