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Miss Fogarty's Christmas Cake

Miss Fogarty's Christmas Cake

As I sat in my window last evening,
The letterman brought it to me
A little gilt-edged invitation sayin'
"Gilhooley come over to tea"
I knew that the Fogarties sent it.
So I went just for old friendships sake.
The first think they gave me to tackle
Was a slice of Miss Fogarty's cake.

cho: There were plums and prunes and cherries,
     There were citrons and raisins and cinnamon, too
     There was nutmeg, cloves and berries
     And a crust that was nailed on with glue
     There were caraway seeds in abundance
     Such that work up a fine stomach ache
     That could kill a man twice after eating a slice
     Of Miss Fogarty's Christmas cake.

Miss Mulligan wanted to try it,
But really it wasn't no use
For we worked in it over an hour
And we couldn't get none of it loose
Till Murphy came in with a hatchet
And Kelly came in with a saw
That cake was enough be the powers above
For to paralyze any man's jaws

Miss Fogarty proud as a peacock,
Kept smiling and blinking away
Till she flipped over Flanagans brogans
And she spilt the homebrew in her tea
Aye Gilhooley she says you're not eatin,
Try a little bit more for me sake
And no Miss Fogarty says I,
For I've had quite enough of your cake

Maloney was took with the colic,
O'Donald's a pain in his head
Mc'Naughton lay down on the sofa,
And he swore that he wished he was dead
Miss Bailey went into hysterics
And there she did wriggle and shake
And everyone swore they were poisoned
Just from eating Miss Fogarty's cake

Recorded on Mick Moloney & Eugene O'Donnell's Green Linnet
     album "Uncommon Bonds". The truly memorable cooking
     disasters in our house go by this name. JCH
Note: An abbreviated version appears in Folk Songs Out of
     Wisconsin, Peters, collected in 1941. RG

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