My tea is nearly ready and the sun has left the sky.
It's time to take to the window and to see Leary passing by.
For every night at teatime, before I take my seat,
With lantern and with ladder he comes pacing up the street.
Now Tom will be a soldier and Mari will go to sea,
And my papa's a banker as rich as rich can be.
But I when I am older and can choose what I'm to do
Oh Leary I'll come round at night and light the lamps with you.