“The Foot and Mouth Disease”


An Englishman plunders a girl's father's land, leaving only the sheep he thinks have "foot and mouth" disease. If the singer marries her they can "save the herds and my father's life." The diseases "from England Were the cloven hoof and the dirty tongue"

Cross references

  • cf. "Youghal Harbour" (tune)


  1. OLochlainn 8A, "The Foot and Mouth Disease" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #3069
  3. BI, OLoc008A


Author: Joseph Plunkett (per OLochlainn)
Earliest date: 1939 (OLochlainn)
Found in: Ireland