Nancy Whiskey lyrics

by The Dubliners

Whiskey, whiskey, Nancy Whiskey
Whiskey, whiskey, Nancy-O

I am a weaver, a Calton weaver,
I am a rash and a roving blade
I've got silver in my pouches
And I'll gang follow the roving trade... Chorus

As I come in by Glasgow city,
Nancy Whiskey I chanced tae smell
So I gane in, sat doon beside her,
Seeven lang years I loved her well... Chorus

The mair I kissed her, the mair I looed her,
The mair I looed her, the mair she smiled
And I forgot my mother's teaching,
Nancy soon had me beguiled... Chorus

I woke up early in the mornin',
Tae slake ma drouth it was ma need
I tried to rise, but was nae able,
For Nancy had me by the heid... Chorus

"Come on, landlady, what's the reck'nin',
Tell me what I have to pay"
"Fifteen shillin's is the reck'nin',
Pay me quickly and go away"... Chorus

As I went oot by Glasgow city,
Nancy Whiskey I chanced tae smell
I git in, drank four and six pence
And all was left was a crooked scale... Chorus

I'll gang back to the Calton weavin',
I surely make the shuttles fly
For I'll mak more at the Calton weavin',
Then ever I did in the rovin' trade... Chorus

Come all ye weavers, Calton weavers,
And all ye weavers, where e'er you be
Beware of Whiskey, Nancy Whiskey,
She'll ruin you as she ruined me... Chorus x2

Song Details

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Music & Lyrics: Traditional Scottish song

Brief: The story of a young rover who was a weaver by trade. He ventured by Glasgow City where he got the taste for whiskey which he called 'Nancy'. Seven years of drinking and roving about saw him lose his money and lodgings. He decided to go back to his weaving trade where he could make a lot more money than he ever did in the roving trade - spending far too much time and money on 'Nancy'!

References: This version uses the traditional Scottish spelling of certain words - tae (to), gane (go), doon (down), seeven (seven), lang (long), mair (more), looed (loved), slake (satisfy), ma (my), drouth (thirst), nae (not), heid (head), git (get), mak (make), oot (out).

Calton - a district in the Scottish city of Glasgow situated north of the River Clyde, and just to the east of the city centre.

Category: Folk Song

Other popular versions: Gaelic Storm, Shane Macgowan & the Popes, The Irish Rovers, Donal Clancy, The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, Orthodox Celts, Barleyjuice, Anne Feeney, The Barley Boys, The Clancey's, The Kerry Boys...

Logo Nancy Whiskyis featured on the album The Very Best Of The Dubliners

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