Notes from Town Square: About O'Leary's Cow
Every year on the first day of Camp Chipmunk all the Girl Scouts assembled in the dining hall, joined in a rousing round of “Old Mother Leary” usually accompanied by the pounding of forks and a few hoots and hollers for special effect.
The song gives a thrilling account of the Great Chicago Fire and the naughty cow blamed for starting it. The whole thing was very exciting because the girls were separated into groups and assigned parts.
Following my favorite line in the song, “And when the cow kicked it over, she winked her eye and said, ‘There’ll be a hot time in the old town to...