Whiskey In The Jar lyrics

by The Dubliners

As I was a goin' over the far famed Kerry mountains
I met with captain Farrell and his money he was counting
I first produced me pistol and I then produced me rapier
Saying "Stand and deliver" for he were a bold deceiver

Mush-a ring duram do duram da
Whack fol da daddy-o
Whack fol da daddy-o
There's whiskey in the jar

I counted out his money and it made a pretty penny
I put it in me pocket and I took it home to Jenny
She sighed and she swore that she never would deceive me
But the devil take the women for they never can be easy

Mush-a ring duram do duram da
Whack fol da daddy-o
Whack fol da daddy-o
There's whiskey in the jar

I went up to my chamber, all for to take a slumber
I dreamt of gold and jewels and for sure it was no wonder
But Jenny drew me charges and she filled them up with water
Then sent for captain Farrell to be ready for the slaughter

Mush-a ring duram do duram da
Whack fol da daddy-o
Whack fol da daddy-o
There's whiskey in the jar

'Twas early in the morning, just before I rose to travel
Up comes a band of footmen and likewise captain Farrell
I first produced me pistol for she'd stolen away me rapier
But I couldn't shoot the water, so a prisoner I was taken

Mush-a ring duram do duram da
Whack fol da daddy-o
Whack fol da daddy-o
There's whiskey in the jar

Now there's some take delight in the carriages a-rollin'
And others take delight in the hurley and the bowlin'
But I take delight in the juice of the barley
And courting pretty fair maids in the morning bright and early

Mush-a ring duram do duram da
Whack fol da daddy-o
Whack fol da daddy-o
There's whiskey in the jar

If anyone can aid me 'tis me brother in the army
If I can find his station in Cork or in Killarney
And if he'll go with me, we'll go rovin' in Killkenny
And I'm sure he'll treat me better than me own me sporting Jenny

Mush-a ring duram do duram da
Whack fol da daddy-o
Whack fol da daddy-o
There's whiskey in the jar

Mush-a ring duram do duram da
Whack fol da daddy-o
Whack fol da daddy-o
There's whiskey in the jar

Song Details

Whiskey In The Jar

Writers: Traditional

Released by the Dubliners: 1968

Brief: The song takes place in the southern Irish Mountains with references to Killarney, Killkenny and Cork. It is about a Highwayman who is betrayed by his lover.

Whiskey In The Jar was a signature song for The Dubliners for many years and they later re-recorded the song with The Pogues in 1990 with a more up-beat version.

It was also recorded and re-popularized by Thin Lizzy in the early '70's and Metallica in 1998.

Category: Traditional Irish Folk

Popular Recording Artists: The Highwaymen, The Seekers, Peter Paul and Mary, The Dubliners (featured), Thin Lizzy, The Pogues, Metallica, Celtic Thunder...

Whiskey In The Jar is featured on the album The Dubliners - The Very Best Of
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