“The Rangey Ribs”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1986 (McBride)
Keywords: death commerce humorous animal
Found in: Ireland


Patrick Cowley deals in cattle. He recalls the sickly scrawney "Rangey Ribs" Mickey Dubh sold to him as a thoroughbred. Pat couldn't sell him. His only use was to hang the wash. But when he died neighbors came to the burial from miles around


McBride: "The song is well known in other parts of the country and has been recorded extensively in Co. Clare. Place names matter not. The song is part of the genre popular throughout the country in which broken down cattle are ridiculed." - BS


  1. McBride 58, "The Rangey Ribs" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, McB1058