American Old Time Song Lyrics: 29 Ogeoghan, The Gander

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Copyright, 1890, by T. B. Harms & Co.
Words by J. Joseph Goodwin. Music by B. H. Janssen.

The Dooley's, when moving, were very unkind,
They left their poor gander in mis'ry behind;
'Twas christened O'Geoghan, a real Irish name;
Besides being blind, the poor bird was lame.
The Dooley's now gone, the McSorley's moved in.
"Begad," said the gander, "I'll yet rid of thim;
The divil a Mac now, whatever his age,
Shall feed on an O' stuffed with onions and sage!"

In and our the house at night, O'Geoghan be would limp,
With his hissing And his gobbling and his curious gimp.
He set the neighbors crazy, and they all will tell you this,
That O'Geoghan was a dandy, with his hiss, hiss, hiss.

The Macs gave a party, it wasn't revealed"
O'Geoghan was under the sofa concealed;
Tim Fagan starts staging, "Oh! give me a kiss!"
When there started from under the sofa a hiss.
"Who's hissing?" says Fagan; "That's you, Blinky Dunn!"
"You lie Tim," says Blinky-that's how it begun;
While poor Mrs. Fagan for mercy did beg,
The gander just gave her a nip in the leg.

In and out the house that night they pounded Blinky Dunn,
When O'Geoghan hissed and gobbled, then the crowd did run;
They'd surely murdered Blinky if it hadn't been for this,
That O'Geoghan saved his mutton with his hiss, hiss, hiss.

Then all that was left of them started to shout,
"For God's sake. McSorley, why don't you move out?
And, while they all helped him to pack up his things,
O'Geoghan Kept hissing and flapping his wings.
The house is now empty, but one who was bold
Looked in through the shutter, 'twas this that he told:
"There's hissing and gobbling all over the place,"
And the ghost of O'Geoghan looked him in the face.

In and out the house at night the ghost is seen to limp.
With his hissing And his gobbling and his curious gimp.
Oh, now the place is haunted, and they will all tell you this,
That O'Geoghan is a phantom with his hiss, hiss, hiss.
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