Johnny McEldoo (Rankin Street - Pre-GBS) video

See also: Johnny McEldoo (Clancys & Makem)
#371: YouTube video by tofee35
©2008 ~ Used with permission ~

There was Johnny McEldoo and McGhee and me,
And a couple or two or three went on a spree one day;
We had the drop or two, which we knew how to blew,
The beer and whiskey flew, and we all felt gay.

We visited McCann's, McElman's, Humpty Dan's,
We then went into Swann's our stomachs for to pack;
We ordered out the feed which indeed we did need,
We finished it with speed but we still felt the lack.

Johnny McEldoo turned red, white and blue,
When the plate of Irish stew he soon put out of sight;
Shouted out "encore" with a roar for some more,
He never felt before such a keen appetite.

He ordered eggs and ham, bread and jam, what a cram,
But him we couldn't ram, though we tried our level best;
Everything we brought, cold or hot, mattered not,
It went down him like a shot but he still stood the test.

He ordered tripe and lard by the yard, we got scar'd,
We thought it would go hard when the waiter brought the bill;
Told him to give o'er but he swore he could lower,
Twice as much again and more before he had his fill.

Nearly supped a trough full of broth, says McGrath,
He'll devour the tablecloth if you don't hold him in;
When the waiter brought the charge McEldoo felt so large,
He began to scheme and barge, and his blood went a-fire;

He began to curse and swear, tear his hair in despair,
And to finish the affair, called the shopman a liar;
The shopman he threw out, McEldoo he did clout,
McEldoo he kicked about like an old football.

Tattered all his clothes, broke his nose, I suppose,
Nearly killed him with a few blows in no time at all;
McEldoo began to howl and to growl, by my soul,
He threw an empty bowl at the shopkeeper's head.

Struck for Mickey Finn, peeled the skin off his chin,
And the ructions did begin, and we all fought and bled;
The peelers did arrive, man alive, four, five,
And at us they made a drive for us all to march away.

We paid for all the meat that we ate, set it straight,
And went home to ruminate on the spree that day.

####.... Author unknown ....####
This variant was recorded by Rankin Street (Pre-GBS tape - Live At The Blarneystone Pub in St. John's, NL, trk#7, 1991, NRA Productions, Ltd).

See more songs by Great Big Sea.

A variant was also recorded as Johnny McEldoo by The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem (Come Fill Your Glass With Us, 1959).


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