THE OLD WOMAN FROM WEXFORD
Oh there was an old woman from Wexford and from Wexford she did dwell.
She loved her old man dearly but another one twice as well.
With me tigery tigery too-rum and me too-rum toorulum da.
Tigery, tigery too-ru-ram, the blind man he could see.
Oh one day she went to a doctor, some medicine for to find
She said 'will you give me something for to make me old man blind'.
'Well feed him eggs and marrowbones and make him suck them all
And it won't be very long after till he won't see you at all'.
Well the doctor wrote a letter and he signed it with his hand
He sent it to the old man just to let him understand.
Well she fed him eggs and marrowbones and made him suck them all
And it wasn't very long after till he couldn't see the wall.
Said old man: 'I'd like to drown meself, but that might be a sin'.
Says she: 'I'll go along with you and help to push you in'.
Well the woman she stepped back a bit to rush and push him in
But the old man gently stepped aside and she went tumblin' in.
Oh how loudly she did yell and how loudly she did call
'Yerra hold your whist old woman, sure I can't see you at all'.
Now eggs and eggs and marrowbones may make your old man blind.
But if you want to drown him you must creep up close behind.
Note: This popular ballad is found in the Sam Henry Collection and numerous others.