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The Dubliners – Whiskey In The Jar lyrics

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 my pistol and I then produced my rapier
Saying "Stand and deliver" for he were a bold deceiver

Mush-a ring dum a do dum a da
Whack fol my daddy-o. Whack fol my 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


I went up to my chamber, all for to take a slumber
I dreamt of gold and jewels and for sure 't 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


't was 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 stole away me rapier
I couldn't shoot the water, so a prisoner I was taken


Now there's some take delight in the carriages a rolling
and others take delight in the hurling and the bowling
but I take delight in the juice of the barley
and courting pretty fair maids in the morning bright and early


If anyone can aid me 't is my 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' through Killkenny
And I'm sure he'll treat me better than my own a-sporting Jenny


There seems to some verses missing, as I recall. There was one about when he was in jail, he hit the sentry with his fists and escaped.

The one about the brother I recall differently:

I'd like to find me brother, he's the one who's in the Army
Don't know where he's stationed, be it Cork or in Killarny
Together we'll go roaming o'er the mountains of Kilkenny,
And I swear he'll treat me better than my darling sporting Jenny

There was a subsequent verse:

T'was early in the morning at the barracks of Killarny,
Me brother took his leave, but he didn't tell the Army.
I don't remember the rest!!

Bob Bunce

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