The Moonshiner lyrics

by The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem

I'm a rambler, I'm a gambler, I'm a long ways from home
And if you don't like me well leave me alone
I'll eat when I'm hungry, I'll drink when I'm dry
And if moonshine don't kill me, I'll live till I die

I've been a moonshiner for many a year
I've spent all me money on whiskey and beer
I'll go to some hollow, I'll set up my still
And I'll make you a gallon for a ten shilling bill

I'm a rambler, I'm a gambler, I'm a long ways from home
And if you don't like me well leave me alone
I'll eat when I'm hungry, I'll drink when I'm dry
And if moonshine don't kill me, I'll live till I die

I'll go to some hollow in this country
Ten gallons of wash, I can go on a spree
No woman to follow, the world is all mine
I love none so well as I love the moonshine

I'm a rambler, I'm a gambler, I'm a long ways from home
And if you don't like me well leave me alone
I'll eat when I'm hungry, I'll drink when I'm dry
And if moonshine don't kill me, I'll live till I die

Oh Moonshine dear moonshine oh how I love thee
You killed me ol' father but ah, you try me
Now bless all moonshiners and bless all moonshine
Their breath smells as sweet as the dew on the vine

I'm a rambler, I'm a gambler, I'm a long ways from home
And if you don't like me well leave me alone
I'll eat when I'm hungry, I'll drink when I'm dry
And if moonshine don't kill me, I'll live till I die...

Song Details

Author: Unknown

Brief: The story of a man who loves nothing better than moonshine. He spent a great deal of money on whiskey and beer, so he decides to make his own alcohol and sell it. With the money he makes, he enjoys life to the full. The moonshine killed his father and he dares it to kill him. He blesses all moonshiners and blesses all moonshine... their breath smells as sweet as the dew on the vine.

Category: Irish Rebel Song

Recording Artists: Gay and Seamus Kennedy, The Moonshiners, Bill Craig...

Logo The Moonshiner by The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem is featured on the album The Cream of Irish Folk Music (June 3, 2014).

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