The Elves and the Shoemaker        Listen here!

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Once there was a poor shoemaker and his lovely wife

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They had worked so hard through their entire life

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But they had such trouble just making ends meet

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Who knew it could be so hard making shoes for feet.

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With his last scrap of leather he cut out a shoe

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And laid it on the table in the morning for to do

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As they lay, in their bed, the poor shoemaker said

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I don’t know what we’ll do if I can’t sell this shoe

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Late that night, while they slept in their door two elves crept

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Those elves worked and sang too, as they finished that shoe

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La la la, La la li. La la li, La la loo,

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We will help the poor shoemaker and his wife too.

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When the morning light broke, the poor shoemaker woke

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And he saw a fine shoe, it seemed too good to be true

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In the door, came a man and he had a fine plan

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I would like to buy that shoe and here, double I’ll pay you.

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With the money he made the poor shoemaker paid

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For some leather for a shoe and enough for one more too

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With his two scraps of leather he cut out two shoes

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And laid them on the table in the morning for to do

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As they lay, in their bed, the poor shoemaker said

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I don’t know what we’ll do if I can’t sell these shoes

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Late that night, while they slept in their door two elves crept

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Those elves worked and sang too as they finished those shoes

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La la la, La la li. La la li, La la loo,

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We will help the poor shoemaker and his wife too.

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When the morning light broke the poor shoemaker woke

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And he saw two fine shoes they seemed too good to be true

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In the door, came a man and he had a fine plan

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I would like to buy those shoes and here, double I’ll pay you.

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With the money he made the poor shoemaker paid

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For some leather for a shoe and enough for three more too.

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With his four scraps of leather, he cut out four shoes

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And laid them on the table in the morning for to do

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To his wife, then he said, Let us not go to bed

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Let us hide and peek through and see who made this shoe.

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Late that night, while they hid in their door two elves slid

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Those elves worked and sang too as they finished those shoes

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La la la, La la li. La la li, La la loo,

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We will help the poor shoemaker and his wife too.

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When the elves then had gone, it was just about dawn

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The shoemaker said we’ll repay them with thread.

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So they worked all day long and they sang the elves song

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La la la li la loo while they made them clothes and shoes.

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At the end of the day on the table there lay

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Two elf outfits in blue and two pairs of shoes too.

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Late that night while they hid in the door two elves slid

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They both widened their eyes when they saw their surprise.

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La la la, La la li. La la li, La la loo

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We give thanks to the shoemaker and his wife too.

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Then they danced in the street with new shoes on their feet.

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And the shoemaker and wife lived a very fine life.  


Copyright 2005 Shauna Tominey
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