Reel in the Flickering Light

Christy Moore

 GCAD
As I walked home one evenin' I know this takes some believin',
 GCDD7G
met a group of creatures with the strangest lookin' features.
 GA
poor old dog with a worm and a weed and a fine old pigeon, yes indeed,
 GCGDG
Daddy Longlegs jumped up sprightly and danced a reel in the flickering light.
CHORUS
 GC
Oh, round we go, heel to the toe,
 GC
Daddy Longlegs jumped up spright
 GDG
And danced in the reel of the flickering light.
 GCAD
On his thin and wispy spindles he was deft and he was nimble,
 GCDD7G
His eyes were scientific and his dancing was terrific.
 GA
The rats and the worms they made a din and the nettles in the corner took it in,
 GCGDG
'Oh God' sez I 'tonight's the night we'll dance to the reel in the flickering light!'
CHORUS
Then he looked at me directly with a gaze that could dissect me,
And he asked me in a whisper 'Have you got any sisters?'.
' Good God Almighty' says I to him ' what sort of a man do you think I am?
I've only one and she's not your type, she wouldn't dance a reel in the flickering light!'
CHORUS
Sez he 'Does she come from another planet? Does she have a bee in her bonnet?
Does she do her daily duties? You never know we might be suited'.
And the rats and the worms began to laugh and some of them started shufflin' off.
We're gonna to have some fun tonight, gettin' ready for the reel in the flickering light.
CHORUS
I could see he had no scruples when I looked into his pupils,
They were purple or magenta like a statue during Lent.
I said 'I'll get her right away' 'Good man' says he, now don't delay,
We're gonna have some fun tonight'. Then he flipped his legs in the flickering light.
CHORUS
Then up stepped a red carnation and they gave her an ovation.
She was warm and enchanting as she slowly started dancing.
The bright auld pigeon peeled his eye and the nettles and the weeds began to sigh,
Daddy Longlegs said 'my, oh my, are we ready for the reel in the flickering light?
CHORUS
She was gentle, she was charming and I heard him call her Darlin'.
He was graceful as a whisper on his delicate legs of silver.
The rats and the worms were still as mice and the poor auld pigeon said 'that's nice',
A shimmering veil of a lovely bride and they danced to the reel in the flickering light.
CHORUS X 2

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The above is solely MY INTERPRETATION of this great song, in a format aimed at learning guitarists.
No attempt has been made to copy or reproduce the artist's or publisher's sheet music for the song,
if such exists.

It can be used for INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. To play the song as it should be played, you should
purchase the official sheetmusic for the song. You should also purchase and listen to the song to learn
the rhythm and timing of the song - this is essential if you wish to play the song with any degree of accuracy

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