Tom Kelly's Cow

DESCRIPTION: Tom Kelly brews poteen "that exceeds them all." John's cow drinks up the still and wakes drunk with a broken horn. She makes a deal with Tom: if he won't tell John about her drinking she "will bring [him] against Lammas a fine heifer calf."
AUTHOR: John Maguire (source: Morton-Maguire)
EARLIEST DATE: 1973 (Morton-Maguire)
KEYWORDS: promise drink humorous animal
FOUND IN: Ireland
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Morton-Maguire 8, pp. 17,103,158, "Tom Kelly's Cow" (1 text, 1 tune)
Roud #2924
cf. "The Cow that Drank the Poteen" (theme: cow hides drinking problem)
NOTES [28 words]: Morton-Maguire: John Maguire wrote the song on request of the schoolmaster who had kept John after school one day to inquire about John's cow and Tom Kelly's poteen. - BS
File: MoMa008

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