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 JCH
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